When uninsured and low-income families in Idaho’s Lewis-Clark Valley need basic medical attention, they have a place where they can get help. The Snake River Community Clinic (SRCC), run completely by volunteers, provides access to health care, mental health care, and dental care for uninsured and under-insured families. The non-profit clinic exists in region of the Pacific Northwest that faces a continual shortage of providers and has a high rate of low income persons.
Staffed by volunteer doctors, nurses, pharmacy techs, dental care providers, social workers and other medical professionals, SRCC has provided free medical and dental services to more than 8,500 patients in the clinic’s 15-year history. The clinic has created partnerships within the community that have yielded sustained support in the form of volunteers, donations, grants and sponsors. Open only on two nights each week, the clinic has managed a total of 33,500 patient visits while eliminating the need for more than 9,500 emergency room visits through preventative care.
All told, the many volunteer professionals at SRCC have collectively put in nearly 230,000 volunteer hours to care for low-income and uninsured people. And according to SRCC, most of their volunteers have been helping at the clinic for more than ten years.
The important work being done at the Snake River Community Clinic helps ensure healthy outcomes for families in need, strengthening the community and embodying what it means to be a Daily Point of Light.
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