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  2020 Light Up the Night "Zoom" Event


Stay tuned for information on our 2021 event!

2020 Light Up the Night: Fundraising Video and Presentation

A Message from Dr. Ellen Beck

Free Clinic in the Time of COVID-19

Our patients at this time are particularly vulnerable. Many are elderly, and most have serious chronic illnesses, including diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Some have kidney disease and are on dialysis. Many are parents and grandparents. Many are doing their best to raise children with love and strength. Others are alone.  The courage and grace of our patients are constant beacons and life teachings for all of us. And even more so, in these times of fear and uncertainty.

Our amazing medical directors, pharmacy team, students, staff, volunteers, social workers and promotoras have come together in the most remarkable ways to support our patients, providing care, medications, food, emotional and social support, as well as sustenance.

Our team is continuing to provide care by phone and telemedicine. Patients and families come to the free clinic parking lots and physicians carry medication and food to the patients’ cars, all within a safe distance. Our amazing students are providing social continuity calls to our patients, as well as delivering medications and food to their homes. Our mental health team is providing Spanish language phone counselling, and our social workers and promotoras are providing support and resources. We have provided our patients with trusted phone numbers that they can call and reach out if they are unwell or have concerns.

In the words of one of our student leaders---Many of the patients of Free Clinic are not eligible for many of the relief resources, have lost their jobs or will lose them soon, are concerned how they will feed their families, do not have a safe form of transportation to seek help, and are being ultimately impacted more than most people at this time. We hope to raise funds to go towards supporting our patients’ food and gas funds as well as other needs. We want to be able to provide the many medications that our patients need, of which we are already seeing a shortage, and on which our patients depend. A core insulin, which we provide to many of our diabetic patients, has doubled in price since the beginning of COVID-19. While we are trying our best to address our patients’ medical needs, there is no denying that physical health is influenced by life circumstances. We have always tried to take care of the whole wellbeing of our patients, and right now more than ever, this is the most challenging, yet the most important.

Help us be there for our patients in these challenging times. Please consider donating by clicking the "Donate Today" button below. If you would like the funds to go to our patients’ current needs, please write "for patient needs in the COVID-19 era”, or something similar in the Comments section of the Donation page. 
We thank you for being part of the free clinic community, and want you to know that by your action, donation, and support, you are making a difference in the lives of people who have nowhere else to turn. We hope you will complete our brief, “Free Clinic Community Survey.”

–Ellen Beck, MD

Your Input Requested: Free Clinic Community Survey- "Free Clinic Over the Years" 

We are grateful for our Free Clinic alumni, donor, staff, volunteer, community partner support and help over the years, and would like to learn more about our community. If you have been part of the Free Clinic in any way, you are a member of the Free Clinic Community!  We have a brief survey simply asking about how you were/are involved with Free Clinic, and what you are doing these days. We will be compiling and synthesizing some of this information for the Light Up the Night "Zoom" Virtual event and the Free Clinic website. Participation in the brief survey is voluntary. Please take a moment to preview the survey, and fill it out to the extent you choose. 

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Please support our work at the UC San Diego Student-Run Free Clinic project by becoming a donor. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. All funsd donated will be used for the care of the patients, and support the work of the Student-Run Free Clinic Project. 

  • ​WISDOM DONOR- $15,000
  • JUSTICE DONOR -$10,000 
  • WONDER DONOR- $3,500
  • KINDNESS DONOR- $2,500
  • WELLBEING DONOR- Any Amount 

Your act of service as a donor will be honored in the following ways

  • Recognition on event signage and on website and newsletter
  • The knowledge that you are making a true difference in the lives of our patients and students

$60,000 provides care for 50 patients for a year

$25,000 provides lab tests for 800 clinic patients for one year

$15,000 provides diabetes test strips and meters for 300 diabetic patients

$10,000 provides full dentures for 25 clinic patients 

$10,000 provides diabetes medication for 100 patients

$5,000 provides ultrasounds for 60 women

$2,500 provides needed transportation for 50 patients

$1,200 provides a year of care for one patient 

$1,000 provides immunizations for five patients

$1,000 provides needed medications for 10 patients for a year

A donation of any amount can be used to help our patients in the era of COVID-19 with medications, food, and other sources of sustenance.


To Donate 

  1. Click above link
  2. Confirm that you are donating to the Student-Run Free Clinic Project Annual Fundraiser, Fund 4732
  3. Indicate the amount you will be submitting payment for or donating
  4. Please type any necessary details or type of care in the Special Instructions field: Examples: "For patient needs during COVID-19"; "For dental care"; "Unable to attend but would still like to donate"; or,  "In honor or memory of________".
  5. If you would like to donate in any other way (e.g. without using a credit card) please reach out to Lisa Deferville, or Ellen Beck, MD ebeck@health.ucsd. You may also call us at: 858-534-6160, and we will be glad to help.
  6. A gift of ANY amount means a great deal to all of us: patients, students, staff, volunteers, and the community.


If you would like more information, please contact Lisa Deferville or call (858) 534-6160.