Big donation helps free health care program

Skye Kinkade
VHC president Dr. Jim Parker, left, and board member Dr. Jack Saunders, far right, accept a $10,000 donation from Mount Shasta’s Greg and Chris Messer at Parker’s office on Monday.

VHC president Dr. Jim Parker and board member Dr. Jack Saunders gratefully accepted a $10,000 donation from Mount Shasta husband and wife Greg and Chris Messer at Parker’s office Feb. 28, 2011.

Volunteers for Healthcare, a non-profit organization, provides free medical care to the uninsured. Patients who receive free care are asked to “pay it foward” by volunteering to do simple, individual acts of kindness. Information abut volunteer opportunities are available at each clinic.

Greg Messer said he sees a need for VHC in the local community and likes the unique “pay it foward” approach.

Parker and Saunders thanked the Messers for their contribution. “This really gives us a shot in the arm,” Parker said. “This represents the tremendous support we’ve received from the community from the get-go.”

The next clinic date is Sunday, March 6, from noon to 3 p.m. at Dr. Sam William’s office in Mount Shasta. There is no application process, and no pay stubs are required. To be seen by a doctor, simply show up, Parker said.

Those who are interested in donating to VHC can do so by contacting Parker at 859-0444. To learn more visit