Help Worcester Veterans

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Since 2008 I have been affiliated with Veterans Acupuncture Care (VAC) Metrowest. VAC provides free acupuncture to active military, veterans, and reservists, and their families. The Metrowest location in Framingham has been a valuable community resource; we have received very positive feedback from the participants.

When possible, a group of veterans from Worcester has been traveling out to the Framingham clinic. However, they’re not always able to make it and have expressed interest in having a veterans acupuncture clinic in Worcester (acupuncture was also a popular service at this year’s Stand Down in Worcester).

I decided to explore the possibility of a VAC chapter in Worcester. I was concerned that not enough acupuncturists would be interested or available, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that most area acupuncturists were eager to volunteer.

My original goal was to have the clinic up and running by January 2010. With the great response from local acupuncturists and the support of VAC Metrowest, it seemed things were going smoothly.

What I didn’t anticipate was the difficulty I would encounter with finding a location for the clinic. So far, I have contacted 10 different facilities without success. I am writing this blog because I need your help finding a clinic site.

All we need is a large, open room with chairs—nothing fancy. Due to the availability of the volunteers, we decided to hold the clinic on the second Wednesday of each month, from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

We do not yet have a budget for our program, so ideally the space would be donated. Please understand that all of us are donating our time and receiving nothing in exchange for our volunteering.

So far, I have been focusing on religious organizations and non-profits, but we would certainly accept help from a for-profit organization as well.

I feel that this is the least we can do to repay the men and women who have risked their lives to serve our country.

Can you help us? Use the contact form on this site or call me at (508) 890-8899.

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