A not-for-profit organization is asking for help from local residents and businesses.
The Clay County Well-Child Clinic (C.C.W.C.C.) was established on June 1, 1983. It was originally funded with a $25,147 nonrenewable 16-month federal grant, which was received by the Clay County Health Department. Since September 1985, the clinic has relied solely on funds through local donations.
"We offer free preventative health care to Clay County children from birth to 6-years-old," C.C.W.C.C. Auxiliary Board Member Ann Miller said.
Screening is done on the children through Preventative Health Care, which includes history, measurements, hearing, vision, developmental and behavioral assessment.
Physicals, urinalysis, tuberculin testing, immunization and some vitamins are also provided.
"We provide education for nutrition and dental health," she said. "Since we began in 1983, we have served more than 3,000 children."
The average annual income of the families served is $14,295.
"This is another way to help the children underinsured or uninsured in the county," Miller said. "Mom and dad wont have to pay for the $60 office visit on their fixed income, let alone paying for immunizations and vitamins."
There are five individuals on staff, three of whom are volunteers.
"We are a very dedicated staff and we care about the children," she said.
In 1986, the Indiana State Board of Health recognized the C.C.W.C.C., for its hard work serving the children.
The C.C.W.C.C. is asking for the help in sponsoring a child for one year, in the amount of $300.
"Natural disasters have affected the world over the past few years and it has made the world our neighborhood," Miller said. "It has made us reach out to people and contribute both financially, through donations of materials or volunteering time.
"But let us not forget those innocent children in our own backyard. Their needs have not dissipated during the rough times."
All contributions made to the Clay County W.C.C. are tax deductible. Clinics are scheduled on alternating Mondays 10 a.m.-noon at the National Guard Armory, 972 W. Craig Ave., Brazil
For more information, contact Miller at 448-3310.