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Posted: Monday, February 20, 2012 8:00 am

On March 10, about 50 social service agencies and 300 health professionals and volunteers will come together at Walker Butte Elementary School in Johnson Ranch to take care of those from the Queen Creek, San Tan Valley and Florence areas who are uninsured or underinsured. More than 1,000 people in need sought care at last year's inaugural Compassion Queen Creek event; this year's event will likely draw the same number or more.

What makes Compassion Queen Creek truly amazing: Area churches and businesses sponsor it, community donations pay for it, and doctors, dentists and other health care folks volunteer their time. It is a community coming together to take care of its own.

There is still time to sign up as a volunteer. Dental professionals (front office persons, hygienists and dentists), medical doctors, specialists (podiatry, women's care, vision, pediatrics, etc.), nurse practitioners and physician's assistants are needed. Event organizers are also seeking more licensed hair cutters.

To volunteer, visit http://compassionqueencreek.org/, and click on the "Get Involved" tab.

• A Helping Hand is our weekly spotlight on a volunteer opportunity in the East Valley. Find other ways to help at www.volunteermatch.org.

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