Six years ago, Wellington resident Sherry Eastwood accepted a board position with Florida’s largest nonprofit medical reuse organization, Clinics Can Help. The “lifelong academic” saw the grassroots organization making immediate impacts in the lives of those with medical problems and wanted to help. Five years later, Eastwood became president of the board with a goal in mind of expanding the nonprofit’s reach. This month, she was there as the 11-year-old nonprofit broke ground on its new facility.
A graduate from University of Michigan with a degree in engineering, Eastwood completed her MBA at Nova Southeastern University and continued to enroll in courses whenever she was able. “For me, life is about learning,” Eastwood said. “We take our opportunities and our experiences and we use them as tools for education to advance certain situations. At Clinics Can Help, that philosophy helps us in our mission to help children and adults in need of medical equipment and supplies.”
Under Eastwood’s direction, Clinics Can Help has been able to build new community relationships to find more resources and to reach a greater number of people in need. This has led to increased attention and support.
“When Sherry commits to something, she commits 100 percent,” said Owen O’Neill, Clinics Can Help founder and executive director. “Her constant support and dedication towards Clinics Can Help and its capital campaign has been invaluable.”
On July 12, Clinics Can Help held the official groundbreaking for its expanded facility. The new facility includes 5,000 square feet of office and warehouse space. The increased warehouse capacity will help the organization meet the growing needs of children and adults across the county to access vital medical equipment.
Eastwood lives with her husband, Tom, in Wellington. She enjoys skiing, hiking, sailing and is learning how to fly fish. She has a son, Bill, a certified financial planner in Melbourne, Fla., a daughter, Leslie Eastwood Bray, who is an architect in Portland, Ore., and four grandchildren.
ABOVE: Sherry Eastwood