11 Jul 2016 Unity Health organizing A Day of Caring July 30
As part of its mission to help create a healthy community, Unity Health is planning the 20th Annual A Day of Caring from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 30, in a new location. Due to building construction at Harding University, the day of medical mission will be held at the Harding Academy High School, 1529 E. Park Ave. in Searcy.
What started 20 years ago as a grassroots effort to provide those in need with shots and immunizations for their children has grown to offer much more. A Day of Caring is a community-wide outreach program designed to help the uninsured and underinsured residents of White County. Free medical, dental and eye screenings will be provided; additional services offered include haircuts, immunizations and pap exams. Items such as school supplies, Bibles, children’s socks and shoes, underwear, diapers, bags of groceries and personal care products will also be distributed. Various health screenings and social service information will be provided. Please note that children must be present to receive school supplies, shoes, socks/underwear and diapers.
For children and teens, the 23rd Annual Shots for Tots and Teens will be held in conjunction with A Day of Caring. A parent or guardian is required to bring the child’s shot record in order to receive immunizations.
Partnerships between Unity Health and community businesses and organizations, along with hundreds of nurses, Unity Health associates and volunteers throughout Searcy, are vital to the success of this outreach program. Last year, more than 450 extraordinary volunteers united to provide needed services that helped more than 1,300 people.
“Our hospital looks forward to A Day of Caring each year, and we strive to serve as many people as possible through this outreach,” said Unity Health Marketing Director Brooke Pryor. “It is incredible to see our community unite for this important cause. We are so thankful to the hundreds of volunteers, organizations and businesses that contribute to this medical mission and help us create a health-centered community.”
Unity Health welcomes individuals, clubs, churches and organizations to be involved through collecting personal care items including: bar soap, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Non-perishable food items are also appreciated to stock the A Day of Caring Food Bank.
Other ways to get involved include volunteering to help set up for the event and helping volunteer at the event. Children accompanying volunteers must be 12 years or older.
Volunteers may not participate in the services at A Day of Caring.
For more information about the event or how to volunteer, please contact Unity Health Marketing Coordinator Anna Brumfield at 501.278.3230 or [email protected].