"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." – Luke 6:31
The CARE Clinic was established in 1993. It’s run by volunteers – staff members, doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, dental assistants, pharmacy assistants, chiropractors, social workers and nutritionists. The clinic relies solely on donations, grants and whatever monies fundraisers bring in. The CARE Clinic offers free health care to eligible uninsured, low-income adults who live in Cumberland County and the surrounding area. Serving selflessly to keep their community healthy, the clinic volunteers provide basic medical care, dental extractions, chiropractic care, lab tests, diagnostic tests, pharmacy service, health education, community resource information, social services are referrals to specialists.
Meet Kimberly. Originally from Ohio, she’s called Fayetteville home for more than three decades. Making a living as a server in local eateries meant Kimberly did not have medical insurance. That wasn’t a problem until she started having trouble with her teeth. As a server, Kimberly’s smile is a big part of her job, so much so that it can impact her earnings. When the pain became unbearable, she knew she had to do something about it. A friend told Kimberly about The CARE Clinic. She decided to see if they could help her.
The team there extracted her tooth, giving Kimberly immediate relief. “This place is awesome! You are very welcoming and have been very wonderful to me,” Kimberly said.
Meet Angela. When Angela moved to Fayetteville in 2014, she moved into an apartment. Two years later, Hurricane Matthew came through, and, like so many in the area, Angela’s place was flooded. Shortly after that, Angela and her children started getting sick – so sick that Angela sent her children to live out of state while she figured things out. She did some digging and learned that there was black mold growing in her apartment. Having no insurance, Angela turned to The CARE Clinic and found the medical care she needed.
“The CARE Clinic is the only place to see me. I just want to say thank you to The CARE Clinic for everything,” she said.
For the volunteers at the clinic, doing a good deed is often its own reward. Sometimes, there are other forces at play, though.
Dr. Brandt Wood has a strong faith and volunteers because he believes in doing what he can to make a difference. “I began volunteering as a way to give back to those in need, to do God’s mission here on Earth,” Wood said.
Wood is an OB/GYN at Fayetteville Woman’s Care. He received his medical degree in 1997 from Des Moines Medical University. Wood completed his internship and residency at Christiana Care Hospital in Newark, Delaware, in 2002. The Woods moved to Fayetteville in 2004 when Wood joined Fayetteville Woman’s Care. Wood’s desire to help people is strong. Before putting his skills to use at The CARE Clinic, he started a Medical Mission Team that traveled to Dominica and Romania.
While the services at the clinic are free, donations are what keep the lights on and the doors open. Running a high-quality clinic is a massive undertaking. You don’t have to be a medical professional to make a difference. Volunteers are welcome, as are monetary donations. Learn more about The CARE Clinic and how you can help at www.thecareclinic.org.
The CARE Clinic is open Tuesday and Thursday and the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 5:30-8:30 p.m. by appointment only. Call (910) 485-0555 to make an appointment or to learn more.