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Volunteers needed for free East Whatcom Regional Resource Center event scheduled for May

Foothills Food Bank open house guests hear from Board President Cheryl Thompson during an open house (July 16, 2021). Photo: Whatcom News

MAPLE FALLS, Wash. — On Saturday, May 21st, from 10am to 6pm, 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 at the Catherine Mahaffey East Whatcom Wellness Fair.

Local providers including 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.

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.

Volunteers are needed to support various aspects of the event including parking, translation, intake 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.

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Available services and activities planned include the following.

  • Well-child Check-Ups
  • Sports Physicals
  • Adult General Health Screenings
  • Blood Pressure
  • Blood Sugar testing
  • Vision Screening
  • Dental screening
  • Youth bike safety course
  • Nooksack Storytelling with Tamara Cooper-Woodrich

Healthcare providers, businesses, or individuals who are interested in supporting this free event for the community should contact Jessica Bee and Aly Robinson (jessica_bee@oppco.org, arobinso@whatcomcounty.us).

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 jessica_bee@oppco.org or call her at (360) 599-3944.

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