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Lestonnac Free Clinic earns Nonprofit of the Year honor from State

Diocesan News

ORANGE—On June 28 Lestonnac Free Clinic was honored as a Nonprofit of the Year at a celebration of California Nonprofits Day at the State Capitol in Sacramento.

 Lestonnac Free Clinic was selected by State Senator Janet Nguyen as an exceptional nonprofit organization in her 34th Senate District community. It joined nearly 100 other nonprofits from across the state being honored at the annual California Nonprofits Day event. State Assembly Concurrent Resolution 54, authored by the chair of the new Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector Assemblywoman Monique Limon (D-Santa Barbara), also marked the day. 

 Lestonnac Free Clinic operates as one of the last free clinics in the State of California. In recent years the Orange County-based clinic has expanded its services into the Diocese of San Bernardino with a mobile clinic and a permanent location in San Bernardino. Its mission statement affirms, “We provide free health care services to low-income and uninsured residents in Southern California, through support of generous volunteers and donors.”  

 The award recipients were honored at a luncheon at Sacramento’s Convention Center, with welcomes from Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Assemblymember Limon, and Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra was invited to speak to the gathered honorees and their legislators.

 Said Masaoka, “Nonprofit organizations are vitally important to the economy and well-being of California. But too often nonprofits are ‘hidden in plain sight.’ We are thrilled that the State Assembly has passed a resolution for the second year in a row that puts the spotlight on nonprofits as an economic power that uses that power for the common good. We congratulate all of the award recipients on being honored for the great work they do every day to make California a better place.”