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Four Local Organizations Awarded For IMPACT On Community

(The 15th Annual IMPACT Awards will be given out on Tuesday. Credit: us.gsk.com)

(The 15th Annual IMPACT Awards will be given out on Tuesday. Credit: us.gsk.com)

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By John Ostapkovich

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Four community service organizations get a much-sought-after award from GlaxoSmithKline during the company’s 15th Annual IMPACT awards on Tuesday.

IMPACT stands for: Innovation, Management, Partnership, Achievement, Community and Targeting. The company rewards groups that often fly under the radar.

This year’s winners are Legal Clinic for the Disabled of Philadelphia, Support Center for Child Advocates of Philadelphia, Water Street Health Services of Lancaster and Phoenixville Healthcare Access Foundation.

Tracy Shantz, executive director of Phoenixville Healthcare Access Foundation, says their organization helps more than a thousand under or uninsured clients each year.

“We help them obtain dental care, vision care, prescription medications and emergency orthopedic care, and our  newest program is free mammogram screenings for women,” she said.

The IMPACT award is worth $40,000 but Shantz says, as a small non-profit in a small town, the recognition that elevates the group’s profile is even better.

She also hopes the grant can help provide more simple orthopedic emergency treatments like setting broken bones.

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