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Nov 7, 2022

La Maestra Community Health Centers Holds Annual Gift and Toy Drive For Patients in Need

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La Maestra Community Health Centers Holds Annual Gift and Toy Drive For Patients in Need

San Diegans Can Drop off Donations at any of the 35 Mission Fed Branches Across the County

San Diego – Nov. 1, 2022 – La Maestra Community Health Centers has teamed up with Mission Fed Credit Union for the annual Toy and Gift Drive to provide holiday joy for under-resourced patients. From Nov. 1 through Dec. 1, 2022, San Diegans can drop off toys and gifts at any Mission Fed branch. The collection boxes will be available at all 34 branches across San Diego County, and two boxes will be placed at Mission Fed’s corporate headquarters, located at 10325 Meanley Drive, San Diego, CA 92131. To find a Mission Fed branch location near you, please visit www.missionfed.com/branches.

La Maestra is seeking toys, books, and gifts for children ages 0 to 18. Items will be distributed to local patients at La Maestra’s El Cajon and City Heights locations.

Now more than ever, donations are needed to ensure that clients and patients from low-income, under-resourced communities will have at least one gift this holiday season. Every year, La Maestra employees, volunteers, and sponsors come together to provide heartfelt donations such as clothing, toys, and nutritious foods to help brighten the holidays. With support from the community, La Maestra will be able to continue to provide small gifts and needed household items to those who may not otherwise be able to afford gifts for their children.

“We are honored to have Mission Fed’s support again this year,” said Zara Marselian, Ph.D., FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of La Maestra Community Health Centers. “Our community has always been so positive in its response to assisting patients. This year, with the help of all of Mission Fed and our generous sponsors, we anticipate providing holiday joy to even more patients.”

At Mission Fed, giving back to the community is part of its DNA and double-bottom line birthright. The organization is here to enhance and improve the lives of all San Diegans and help build a stronger, kinder San Diego by giving back.

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About La Maestra Community Health Centers:

La Maestra Community Health Centers is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) and a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). For more than 32 years, the organization has served immigrant, refugee, uninsured, and underinsured populations living in the communities of central, east, and south San Diego County, California. Today, La Maestra operates 18 primary medical care and behavioral health clinics, ten dental suites, three school-based sites, and two mobile medical and dental units. La Maestra serves more than 45,000 patients annually. La Maestra employs a holistic, solutions-based approach to health care through the organization’s La Maestra Circle of Care® services, which provides primary, specialty care and social services including job training, eligibility and enrollment assistance, microcredit translation, interpretation, transportation, legal advocacy, a community garden, food pantry, after-school and summer programs and transitional housing.

About Mission Fed Credit Union

Mission Federal Credit Union (Mission Fed) is the largest member-owned, not-for-profit, full-service financial institution exclusively serving San Diego County. Mission Fed enhances the lives of its members through financial education and services, providing stability and strength to help San Diegans with financial wellness and success. Banking at Mission Fed means doing good for San Diego. Mission Fed gives money back to our local communities, has helped hundreds of nonprofits and important causes, and builds deep relationships with community partners.

Mission Fed has served the financial needs of San Diegans for over 60 years through checking, savings, loans, credit cards, insurance, and other financial offerings. Mission Fed has more than $5.0 billion in assets, 280,000 members, 34 convenient local branches, 30,000 fee-free CO-OP ATMs nationwide and free mobile and online banking services. The credit union was named a Top Workplaces USA winner in 2021 and placed in the top five California credit unions on Forbes’ Best-In-State Credit Unions list in 2022. Mission Fed is also the first San Diego-based credit union to receive the “Juntos Avanzamos” designation, honoring its commitment to serving and empowering Hispanic/Latinx consumers. Federally insured by NCUA and Equal Housing Lender. To learn more, visit www.MissionFed.com.

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