SALT LAKE CITY -- According to the Utah Department of Health, 32 percent of Utahns living under the poverty line lack medical insurance.
To provide families with critical services, the Junior League of Salt Lake City kicked off its 22nd annual CARE Fair Friday. The free, two-day event is for low-income and uninsured Utahns to get services like dental and vision care. For some families, it's the only way to get the medical help.
“This fair is so important, not only to people who don't have insurance, but people who have insurance but just can't afford medical services at the moment,” said Raven Clissold, a CARE Fair Volunteer.
With nearly 1,000 volunteers, they provide physical examinations, immunizations, dental exams, vision and hearing screenings, and other services at no cost. The cost for the event is $300,000. But all the clients have to do is show up.
The CARE Fair is on Friday July 11 until 9 p.m. and Saturday July 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1234 S. Main Street in Salt Lake City.