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Local Volunteers Support National Day of Service

The Greater Prince William Community Health Center is one local non-profit participating in the National Day of Service on January 19.

Saturday, January 19, is the National Day of Service, which President Obama and the first family began four years ago as a way of honoring the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The focus of the day is community service—whether it is at the school, city, state or national level.

One local organization supporting the National Day of Service is the Greater Prince William Community Health Center. On Saturday, community volunteers will paint, add wall paper and create a welcoming environment for expectant mothers and children at the Health Center. The center’s Prenatal Practice serves more than 500 pregnant women—including low-income, uninsured, Medicaid and private insurance patients—and completes more than 8,000 patient visits each year.

Lisa Wiener, the Health Center's Prenatal Director said "We think it is important for every expectant mother to feel welcomed, comfortable and relaxed during their prenatal visits. We recently relocated our prenatal space within the Health Center, and this weekend’s volunteer effort will create a warmer, more nurturing place for our patients."

The volunteers who support the Health Center on the National Day of Service will be supporting a local non-profit organization that provides primary, prenatal, dental and behavioral health care under one roof. The Health Center, located at 4379 Ridgewood Center Drive in Woodbridge, serves patients from all walks of life--regardless of age, income or insurance status.

“The President is encouraging Americans to spend some time this Saturday giving back to their community,” said Health Center Executive Director Frank J. Principi. “The Health Center is thrilled to be part of this grassroots campaign. We welcome this volunteer initiative and the positive impact it will have on our patients.”

To learn more about the National Day of Service and other local activities, visit http://action.2013pic.org/service.

To learn more about the Health Center, visit www.GPWHealthCenter.org.

 

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