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Community generosity for free clinic

When a group of us volunteered with California CareForce to bring a free health care clinic to our community, we had no idea what we were getting into. Nor could we imagine the incredible level of support we’d receive from organizations, churches, businesses and individuals who have given so much to make this clinic possible.

Among the many tasks our “Community Host Group” is responsible for are securing a venue and lodging, raising community awareness, fundraising, recruiting volunteers, feeding the volunteers, connecting with local clinics for follow up care, traffic control and parking.

The Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, where the clinic will be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14 and 15, gave California CareForce a very nice discount to use their venue, where 500 patients a day will get free medical, dental and vision care.



The Courtyard Suites also gave a nice discount for lodging for the CareForce team.

The Union, KNCO and KVMR have really helped us raise community awareness.




Printing and signs have been donated by Walker’s Office Supply and Grass Valley Blueprint. Interfaith Ministry Food Bank is passing out clinic information to all those who receive their food.

Organizations, faith-based affiliates and businesses that have made financial donations include Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club, Health Care for All, Unity in the Gold Country, Order of Odd Fellows Chapter 12, Sierra Center for Spiritual Living, Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, A to Z Supply, Nevada County Jewish Brotherhood, Farlow Construction, Matteo’s Public, Diego’s, Northridge Restaurants in Nevada City, Lake of the Pines and Lake Wildwood, Gold Country Lions, Tripp’s Auto Body, Oustomah Lodge #16, Peace Lutheran Women, Twin Cities Church, The Louvre Art Gallery, Homer Nottingham & his Qigong Group, League of Women Voters, Gold Country Insurance Services, Grass Valley Foothills Lions, Mission Endowment Fund of Peace Lutheran, Kiwanis of the Gold Country, and Grass Valley Host Lions.

To feed the volunteers breakfast and lunch for two set up days, two clinic days, one teardown day, and two dinners for the professional health care volunteers, (approximately 1,450 meals), we reached out to various organizations, markets, and restaurants for help. With their support, all the meals are now covered.

Our five Rotary Clubs will be providing a barbecue lunch for both clinic days (500 meals).

BriarPatch Co-op will be providing breakfast for Saturday, as well as plenty of fruit, juices, yogurt and more.

The Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club is providing Sunday’s breakfast.

Starbucks is providing fresh made coffee and cups needed for all five days. The Food Bank is donating food and beverage. SPD has given a generous in store credit.

Feeding 50 volunteers needed for set up and teardown days are South Pine Cafe, Marshall’s Pasties, Lamppost Pizza, Pete’s Pizza and Tap House, Paulette’s Country Kitchen, Emmanuel Episcopal Church and Emily’s Cake’s and Catering.

The Order of Odd Fellows Chapter 12 is donating their lovely facility for Saturday night’s “Doctors’ Dinner,” feeding the 50 to 80 professional health care volunteers from the clinic. Food for will be provided by Tofanelli’s Restaurant, Cirinos at Main Street, Christophers’ Old World Deli, The Owl, Briar Patch, Flour Garden, The Old Town Cafe, and Trattoria Milano. For Sunday night’s “Doctors’ Dinner” Summer Thymes Bakery & Deli is providing a lovely dinner at cost.

The Community Host Group has outreached to three of our local clinics — Western Sierra Medical Clinic, Chapa De Indian Health Clinic and Sierra Family Medical Clinic, who will be providing follow up care for medical and dental patients.

Health and Human Services will be providing flu shots, pneumonia shots for those over 65, and mental health services.

Grass Valley police are assisting with parking and traffic control. Gold Country Stage Coach will be giving free rides on Saturday for anyone who wants to come to the clinic. Gold Country Cab & Courier can give free rides to anyone who wants to arrive early and they have wheel chair accessible vans (should be booked 24 hours in advance). Now is the push for recruiting our health care professionals, as well as general public volunteers. To register to volunteer, go online at californiacareforce.com. The community host group asks that everyone reach out to their health care professionals about volunteering.

Needed are dentists, dental assistants and hygienists, oral surgeons, dental x-ray techs, ophthalmologists, opticians, optometrists, MD’s, RN’s, LVN/PNs, EMTS, pharmacists, acupuncturist, 175 general public volunteers per clinic day, and 50 volunteers for each set up and teardown days.

We thank our wonderful community for supporting this noble cause.

Mindy Oberne lives in Grass Valley.


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