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Volunteers are Needed to Support Love Elgin Event at Judson University

 (ELGIN, IL – UPDATED November 6, 2021) Judson University is partnering with four local organizations Love Elgin, Heal Elgin, Remote Area Medical, and the City of Elgin to provide a Love Elgin event that includes a pop-up Heal Elgin Clinic, food and clothing distribution, and many other professional services on November 13-14 on Judson’s Elgin campus. All services are free, and no ID is required.

Love Elgin DonationsLove Elgin and Judson University volunteers will be distributing donated food and clothing in the Lindner Tower parking lot from 1:00-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 13. At the same time, 15 independent service ministries will provide hair care, attorney consultation, and other miscellaneous guest services in Herrick Chapel. Over the weekend, the Judson Fitness Center will be converted into a Health Care Clinic with hours of care offered from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday (please note that all services are first-come, first-served). New information as of Nov. 6 is that the Love Elgin Dental Clinic services in the Fitness Center will close at noon on Sunday.

All the health care professionals are volunteering their time and talents to serve the community. Other volunteers are needed throughout the weekend to prepare, help during the weekend, and tear down/clean up on Sunday. Volunteer work can include greeting and signing-in guests as well as escorting guests to the appropriate health-care service as needed.

Many of Judson’s volunteers will be scholar-athletes who are giving back as part of their team’s service to the community. More volunteers from Judson’s students, faculty, and staff are invited to sign up using two forms. Students can sign up here. Faculty and staff as well as community and local church volunteers can sign up through the Love Elgin website.

Types of Health Care Services Available During Love Elgin Event
The Heal Elgin/RAM Clinic services provided in the Fitness Center include dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental x-rays, eye exams, glaucoma testing, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses made on-site, women's health exams, pap smears, pregnancy tests, mammogram vouchers and general medical exams (blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, stroke, colon-rectal cancer), lifestyle counseling (how to increase health and longevity, spiritual counseling and prayer), foot care, relaxing massage (head and neck) and other services.

The parking lot for the clinic will open at 12:01 a.m. (midnight) on November 13. Ticket distribution typically begins at 3 a.m., and patients will be seen in the order of their ticket number when clinic doors open at 6 a.m. This process will repeat on November 14. In some situations, such as inclement weather or other circumstances outside of our control, ticketing may start earlier than 3 a.m.

In response to COVID-19, all patients will be required to wear a face-covering and undergo a COVID-19 screening before entering the clinic. Guests and family members of patients will not be allowed to enter the building. New airflow, disinfecting processes, and capacity limitations have also been put in place to ensure the safety of patients, volunteers, and staff.

Everyone who would like to receive services, especially dental services, is encouraged to arrive as early as possible. Due to time constraints, patients must choose between DENTAL and VISION services. Medical services are offered to every patient attending the clinic.

For more information about this event, volunteer, or donate, please visit www.LoveElgin.org, www.HealElgin.org, or www.RamUSA.org. Visit the LoveElgin.org site for videos and posters to tell others of the services available.

Love Elgin Partnerships

Love Elgin is a faith-based community outreach of 35 churches, ministries, schools, and agencies serving people in the Elgin area for 10years. The group was founded by Judson alumnus Jeorge Holmes ’89 in 2011 as an opportunity to spread God’s love and provide life-giving resources to those in need. According to its website, the vision for Love Elgin “is to see Christ-followers come together, reach their cities for Christ, and send the message to the world that the body of Christ can and will unite and impact our world for Jesus Christ.” 

Heal Elgin's mission is to bring physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual healing to the people of the Greater Elgin Area and beyond through a variety of programs and events. The Heal Elgin Project was started in 2018 as a community initiative of Elgin Adventist Church, under the leadership of Dr. Terri Dallas-Prunskis, MD, who also serves as the medical director of the event. It is sponsored by local businesses, organizations, and individuals from Elgin and throughout Chicagoland and is supported by dedicated healthcare volunteers and qualified staff.

The City of Elgin is a unique community with an approachable, progressive identity that is anchored in its resilient history and a strong, diverse community. The community's 180-year history is dotted with challenges, growth, and innovation that have emboldened Elgin to become unapologetically itself. Mayor David Kaptain has served the community as mayor since 2011.

Remote Area Medical (RAM) is a major nonprofit organization that operates pop-up clinics delivering free, quality, dental, vision, and medical services to underserved and uninsured individuals who do not have access to or cannot afford a doctor. Since RAM was founded in 1985, more than 173,000 volunteers --comprised of licensed dental, vision, and medical professionals, as well as general support staff -- have treated more than 863,000 individuals delivering $174 million worth of free healthcare services in 19 states and two territories.

Judson University began its partnership with the Love Elgin organizers for a spring event in April 2021. By moving the event to Judson’s campus, the university seeks to serve those in need as well as offer spiritual support. Judson is a fully accredited, private Christian institution representing the Church at work in higher education. Judson offers degrees in more than 65 different majors and minors for traditional, graduate, and adult students and ranks consistently among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. Judson has also been recognized as a “Christian College of Distinction.” With an academically challenging environment and encouraging spiritual community, Judson shapes lives that shape the world.

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