Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Receives National Award

YAKIMA, Wash. - Employees at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic have received a national award from Former President George H.W. Bush. 

The AmeriCorps members in the Community HealthCorps at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic have been awarded the Daily Point of Light Award. The award recognizes one volunteer, or in this case a team of volunteers for their service to the community.

Organizers say they selected the Yakima Valley Community HealthCorps team for several reasons; the group has been serving the health center and community for almost a decade through a variety of programs and efforts that include patient education, feeding the homeless and organizing events.

The team provides services which include home visits to help asthma patients understand and manage their disease and assisting patients with applications for prescription assistance programs. For the past seven years the team has served annual Thanksgiving meal at the Yakima Union Gospel Mission, helping to provide more volunteers to serve more than 200 homeless residents. Volunteers also participate in Make a Difference Day by painting homes for low-income and disabled families and help build homes in Yakima County for Habitat for Humanity. The Community HealthCorps team also organized the first Toppenish Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace March and Presentation, which today draws hundreds of participants.

"We are excited the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Community HealthCorps team was chosen to receive the Daily Point of Light Award during National Health Center Week," said Carlos Olivares, CEO of Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic. "It is wonderful to witness how their hard work brings the public together. They are a shining example of how we can all contribute to improving the communities we live in.

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