Community Benefit
Fundraising Priorities


Thanks to generous donor support, the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living (MHSCHL) continues to expand the much-needed services we offer to the underserved and at-risk individuals and families in our community. Our goal is to continue to grow along with that need. The incredible ongoing support of our donors makes that goal a reality. There are a variety of philanthropic initiatives that will enhance the community benefit efforts of MHSCHL.


For more information on these giving opportunities and others in support of the Community Benefit Program, please contact Heidi Saravia, Executive Director of Major Gifts at (949) 764-7238 or

The Mental Health Center Education Fund

The Mental Health Center Education Fund provides services and classes that benefit the mental health of our community and help foster Hoag’s commitment to caring for the mind as well as the body. The Mental Health Center is a permanent service provider within MHSCHL. Since 1998, the Center has served as a provider to the uninsured and vulnerable population in Orange County. The mission is to increase an individual’s level of happiness and quality of life through services provided for free, such as psychotherapy, case management, professional consultations, crisis intervention, group psychotherapy, an internship program and psychoeducational classes and workshops.

Named Strategic Funds

Named Strategic Funds can be directed towards innovation, education, excellence, recruitment and research at MHSCHL. A named fund can help provide economic security for the underserved communities suffering with serious health issues by granting access to rental assistance, food boxes, gas and gift cards at MHSCHL.

Community Crisis Response Team

In response to the myriad adverse health effects our MHSCHL families are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the Center has launched a Community Crisis Response Team dedicated to navigating and coordinating critically needed and culturally sensitive support services for the economically poor and vulnerable. A dedicated care management team consisting of a nurse, social worker and case manager will coordinate requests and provide cohesive, comprehensive responses that meet the immediate and short-term need for support.

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