10/27/07

Free clinic has heart

Another great mission in Lincoln is Clinic with a Heart , which is free for all on certain Tuesday nights. It’s especially for the 25,000 people in Lincoln who don’t have insurance and others who can’t afford rising co-pays or large deductibles. You get to see a health professional and sometimes receive free medicine.

In May of 2003 members of St. Mark’s United Methodist opened the doors of the Clinic with a Heart on the first Tuesday of every month for primary care. Since then it’s been expanded to chiropractic and physical therapy on the second Tuesday of the month. Southwood Lutheran got involved and now they’re sponsoring primary care on the third Tuesday of the month. Dental screenings are also available on first and third Tuesdays.

On their web site is a long list of the kinds of volunteers they need, even some you wouldn’t expect, everything from dieticians to MDs, from marriage counselors to interpreters for 14 different languages, from clerical help to administration.

If you're a volunteer at Clinic with a Heart, please comment and let us know more about it.

10/20/07

Foodnet: tummy fill not landfill

I'm a big fan of a local, non-profit, volunteer-run effort called Footnet, Inc. They've been around Lincoln for over 20 years saving good food from being taken to the landfill that's still edible and delicious but can no longer be sold in the grocery store, restaurant, bakery or deli.

They have 26 locations in or near Lincoln where anyone can pick up stuff; most sites are churches. And when you get there, you never know what they'll have, because it all depends on what the stores give them.

If you've ever gotten food from Foodnet or ever volunteered at Foodnet, I'd love to get your comment. Tell us more. Or maybe you work at a business that donates food to Foodnet. We'd like to hear about it from your point of view, as well.