By Rae C. Munoz
Coachella Valley Expedition 2015 is coming to the Indio fairgrounds March 27–29, 2015. For the third consecutive year, California Careforce has organized another 3-day health clinic providing free medical, dental, and vision care to all Coachella Valley residents. California Careforce is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing free health, dental and vision services to residents all over California.
California Careforce partners with individual volunteers, professional organizations, universities, and businesses with the mission of ensuring a healthy California for all people regardless of income status or education. California Careforce relies heavily on the generosity of both its professional and general volunteers.
Free services offered to adults and children include dental cleanings, eye examinations, physicals, diabetes screenings, and others. Each morning of the clinic, between 3:00 a.m. and 3:30 am, one number will be given to each person in line. Once numbers run out for that day’s clinic, then the clinic has reached the maximum amount of patients to be treated for that specific clinic.
Then, starting at 5:30 am, the clinic will open and patients with numbers will be called in small groups to register. After registering, patients will wait inside to be seen. Be prepared to spend a few hours to most of the day at the clinic. Bring food (i.e. breakfast, lunch, snacks, fruit) and water.
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for cold weather in the wee hours of the morning and for warmer weather later in the day. Since the majority of the day will be spent waiting (to get a number, for your number to be called and to be seen by a volunteer professional) it is highly recommended to bring reading material or other forms of portable entertainment. Free wifi will be available for patients to use while waiting inside.
California Careforce provides a nondiscriminatory clinic, which means anyone regardless of race, income, or immigration status can receive any and all services the clinic has to offer on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, visit their website: www.californiacareforce.org. To contact California Careforce, call (916) 749-4170 or email info@ californiacareforce.org. California Careforce is also in need of volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please visit their website and register to be a volunteer.