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Hollywood Stars Look for Role in Adventist Free Clinic

Community Needs

Preparations for the largest Seventh-day Adventist free clinic in U.S. history are coming together with budding support from big-name Hollywood celebrities, but more volunteers are needed, organizers said.

Your Best Pathway to Health, the main organizer of the April event, intends to provide more than $29 million in free services to a record 10,000 people over 2 ½ days in Los Angeles.

About 700 volunteers have signed up to provide a wide range of medical and dental services similar to what Your Best Pathway to Health in partnership with the Seventh-day Adventist Church offered earlier this year at free clinics in San Antonio, Texas, and Spokane, Washington. But with high demand expected in a city where homelessness is a growing concern, organizers will expand their offerings to provide more free clothing, including shoes for the first time, and two new departments: free legal services and financial services.

A total of 3,000 volunteers are needed, especially in dentistry, eye care, and surgery, said Lela Lewis, president of Your Best Pathway to Health, a service of ASI, a supporting ministry of the Adventist Church.

“We are in desperate need for volunteers right now,” Lewis told the Adventist Review. “We need everyone. There is a place for everyone.”

A sign-up form and information about discounted hotel rates are available at pathwaytohealthvolunteer.org, the website for the April 27-29 event.

Several Adventist-affiliated organizations have agreed to assist with the free clinic, including Adventist Health West, whose White Memorial hospital in Los Angeles is making operating rooms available for hysterectomies, gallbladder surgeries, and other procedures. Loma Linda University Health is helping recruit skilled volunteers.

Read the entire article via AdventistReview.org.