VOLUNTEERING AND DONOR OPPORTUNITIES
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Click to find a volunteering opportunity in your area; or call 1-800-Volunteer.
Check with the Red Cross for volunteer opportunities and how you can help with current world crises.
Buy a bag and feed a child. Learn about Feed Project.
If you would like to see less partisan rancor in government and more civil and thoughtful discourse, learn about the Rodel Fellowship at the Aspen Institute.
Support Mountain Rescue teams - courageous volunteers who rescue people in America's backcountry.
Help abused and neglected children by volunteering for or donating to ChildHelp centers.
Watch THE GIRL EFFECT video online and learn about the importance of investing in girls who live in poverty around the globe. (At the website, click on "play the girl effect video" at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.)Dr. Regina Benjamin is a family physician who makes house-calls. She is not a concierge doctor, and her patients don't pay extra when she comes to their houses. In fact, her patients are the impoverished residents of Bayou La Batre, Alabama who receive health care with dignity at the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic, a center that Dr. Benjamin opened in 1987 when she determined there was a need for such a facility.
Dr. Regina Benjamin is a family physician who makes house-calls. She is not a concierge doctor, and her patients don't pay extra when she comes to their houses. In fact, her patients are the impoverished residents of Bayou La Batre, Alabama who receive health care with dignity at the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic, a center that Dr. Benjamin opened in 1987 when she determined there was a need for such a facility.
In 1998, the modest clinic was destroyed by Hurricane George, and Dr. Benjamin provided services without her building until the clinic was rebuilt. Then, Hurricane Katrina destroyed the building again in 2005. Rebuilt and set to reopen on January 2, 2006, the clinic suffered extensive fire damage on New Year's Day, destroying not only the building, but documents, drugs and equipment. Dr. Benjamin ran her clinic out of a trailer, and planned to do so until the new building was finally ready. The building is set to reopen before the end of 2010, thanks to the generosity of people around the country who learned about Dr. Benjamin's patients and her work.
Dr. Regina Benjamin is taking some time off from working at her clinic. Now known as Vice Admiral Benjamin, in October, 2009, she became America's doctor - our Surgeon General.
Admiral Benjamin is an inspiration to all Americans. Confirmed unanimously by the Senate, she is as respected and admired on the Hill as she is by her patients and friends, and we all have the great fortune to call her our doctor.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT THE BAYOU CLINIC, PLEASE SEND DONATIONS TO:
Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic
13833 Tapia Lane
Bayou La Batre, Alabama 36509