Story last updated at 6/24/2009 - 10:46 am
JUNEAU - Juneau volunteers with Organizing for America (OFA), a nationwide grassroots organization, are organizing several community events for the upcoming National Day of Health on Saturday, June 27. OFA in Juneau hopes to support local health organizations that serve underinsured or uninsured members of the community, as well as garner support for health care reform on a national level.
On Friday June 26, there will be a bike rally for health care reform at the Juneau-Douglas High School parking lot at 6 p.m. The group will distribute literature about health care reform and take donations for Planned Parenthood's general health programs.
"They serve a lot of underinsured or uninsured members of our community," said OFA volunteer Forest Kvasnikoff.
The rally will end with a short group bike ride, lasting half an hour or 45 minutes.
On Saturday, June 27, OFA volunteers will be going door-to-door collecting donations for Front Street Clinic. Last Saturday, volunteers distributed fliers in Juneau neighborhoods, describing the goods needed by the clinic, which provides medical service to homeless people.
"(The drive) is going to benefit the front street clinic because it's a community health clinic," Kvasnikoff said. "They're doing a lot of good work for our community."
Organizing for America was formed after President Obama's inauguration and aims to continue the kind of grassroots advocacy begun in Obama's presidential campaign. Kvasnikoff said there are about 70 people on the Juneau OFA listserv, and the group hopes to attract more volunteers and supporters this weekend.
To learn more about the National Day of Health and OFA in Juneau, or to volunteer, e-mail Juneauofa@gmail.com or call Forrest Kvasnikoff at 957-0941.