MAPLE FALLS, Wash. — On Saturday, May 20th, from 10am to 2pm, the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center (EWRRC), 8251 Kendall Road in Maple Falls, will transform into a healthcare center, offering east Whatcom County community members free health, vision, and dental services during the 2nd annual Catherine Mahaffey East Whatcom Wellness Fair.
Local providers including VSP Vision Care, PeaceHealth, Sea Mar Community Health Centers and others are partnering to offer free services and resources to the community during the event. There will also be entertainment, lunch, snacks, and activities specific to children, elders and folks of all stages and ages of health according to organizers.
Available no cost services and activities planned include the following.
- Health check ups
- Sports physicals
- Blood pressure testing
- Blood sugar testing
- Vision exam and glasses
- Hearing screenings
- Dental screenings
- Youth bike safety course
- Bounce House Health Challenge
- Nooksack storytelling with Tamara Cooper-Woodrich
- Free resources, education and giveaways
Individuals interested in receiving basic medical screenings, dental procedures, vision checks and other services and resource are requested to RSVP at Oppco.org or call 360-599-3944. Interpretation for Spanish, Russian, and Ukrainian languages will be available onsite.
Whatcom County Health and Community Services (WCHCS) will have a table at this event. The WCHCS table will provide the following services:
- All childhood, school-required immunizations.
- Adult immunizations for uninsured/underinsured including Tdap, Hep A, and Hep B.
- Health testing services including Hep C and HIV testing.
- Syringe Services including Narcan distribution and education, clean syringe distribution, and Fentanyl test strips.
Healthcare providers, businesses, or individuals who are interested in supporting this free event for the community should contact Jessica Bee and Aly Robinson (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Volunteers are needed during the event for childcare supervision, parking attendant, intake support, clean up and more. Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to fill out an online form.
This event honors the late Catherine Mahaffey, a community member invested in the health and wellbeing of her community, this event will bring much-needed health services to the region free of cost.
Anyone unable to volunteer at the event but would still like to support it, donations of kid’s bikes, helmets, event tents, and monetary donations are also appreciated. Donations of youth bikes and scooters, ages 2- to 18-years-old, can be delivered to the Opportunity Council’s EWRRC to be used in a safety course run by Whatcom Smart Trips. To make a financial donation specifically to help this event possible, contact Jessica Bee via email at email@example.com or call her at (360) 599-3944.