Over 800 volunteers help with Boise's second AMEN Clinic

Posted at 5:23 PM, Sep 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-13 19:23:34-04

"When my husband was about 20-years-old he just had this dream that he wanted to be able to do this. He wanted to have enough money to be able to sponsor a free medical and dental care for people and so it's really been neat to be able to have this full circle," says sponsor Jill Cornforth.

Over 800 volunteers donated time and supplies to help make Boise's second AMEN Clinic an even bigger success than the first.

"It's invigorating to do another one, it's a very rewarding thing to do," says Robert Hessong, a dentist volunteering at the clinic.

Hessong volunteering in his fifth amen clinic, just this year, and traveling from Portland, Oregon to help treat people here in Idaho.

"I like doing them, and they asked me to come, so that's why," says Hessong.

Volunteers came from all different places, "We actually come out, and this is our school day, so we don't meet in the classroom, this is our classroom," says Matthew Fitting, Vice Principal for Gem State Adventist Academy.

And they came from all different ages, "Seeing how we're so privileged when other people don't have as much as we do, so I just love giving back," says a student volunteer from Gem State Adventist Academy.

All united when it comes to helping those in need.

"The feeling in this room is palpable, it is about service,” says Cornforth.

Organizers are saying it’s a tradition they hope to continue with the help of their volunteers in years to come.

"I think my ultimate favorite is watching people as they exit. They've gone through this whole maze of meeting people and having these services done, and they leave here just feeling so empowered," says Cornforth.