NACC members donated more than $3,900 to Operation Safety Net, the 2013 NACC National Conference charity.
Operation Safety Net, which is part of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System and Catholic Health East, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, annually provides medical outreach to hundreds of men and women living on the streets of Pittsburgh.
The program was started in 1992 by Dr. Jim Withers, an internal medicine physician, who began providing medical care to Pittsburgh’s homeless residents. He worked with formerly homeless individuals and even dressed as a homeless person himself, making nighttime rounds in the alleys and under the bridges of the city. To view a video about the current work of Operation Safety Net, go to www.pmhs.org/operation-safety-net.
Silent Auction donations
Members who donated items for the 2013 Silent Auction and all who purchased these items helped raise funds to assist NACC members who need scholarships.
The auction raised $1,065 for scholarships. In the past, money raised, both through the Silent Auction and from those who designated giving for this purpose on their registration forms, has helped the NACC to grant up to 15 full or partial scholarships to help individuals cover their national conference fees.