In The News

December 2023

LATTC|Care Harbor Health Clinic for Veterans at LATTC

Care Harbor returns to LATTC on Saturday, November 4–Sunday, November 5, 2023 to provide free medical, dental, and vision care—along with immunizations, mental health counseling, social services and other resources. The day will also include giveaways and lunch.
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March 2022

UCLA Heath|UCLA Health Homeless Healthcare Collaborative joins Care Harbor clinic

COVID-19 has battered the health care system and economy for two years and has greatly exacerbated health inequities – putting families at risk for losing their jobs, health insurance and lives. Today, about 3.2 million Californians are uninsured.
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November 2019

UCLA Health|More than 300 UCLA health care providers treat the homeless at Care Harbor free clinic

For Dr. Patrick Dowling, volunteering at the 2019 Care Harbor free clinic for people who are uninsured or who lack access to health care is a sharp break from his norm of treating people at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica.
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ABC Eyewitness News|Downtown LA clinic gives free healthcare to homeless, others

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A massive free clinic in downtown Los Angeles is providing health care to thousands of homeless people and others with limited access to medical services. Care Harbor is holding the clinic for three days downtown, with the first day dedicated exclusively to treating the homeless.
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April 2019

WesternU Magazines|WesternU Helps Shepherd Care Harbor Mega-Clinic To Pomona

Western University of Health Sciences, in collaboration with other major local institutions, answered the call to help bring Care Harbor to Pomona. WesternU played a key role in planning the event, and hundreds of WesternU students, faculty and staff volunteered April 27-28, 2019 at Care Harbor Fairplex.

October 2018

UCLA Newsroom|Nearly 200 UCLA volunteers treat the uninsured at the annual Care Harbor free clinic

The annual event in downtown Los Angeles offers essential basic services to those in need.
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November 2017

UCLA Newsroom|UCLA volunteers provide free health care at downtown L.A. mega clinic

Care Harbor clinic offered essential basic services to those in need With the strongly held belief that access to health care should be available to everyone — not just the insured — nearly 200 volunteers from UCLA joined an effort to provide free services to more than 2,000 people at a three-day Care Harbor community clinic.
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Western University|WesternU to play key role in Care Harbor LA, one of the largest free clinics in the country

POMONA, Calif. – Care Harbor Los Angeles is returning Nov. 17-19, 2017, providing free medical, dental, vision and preventative care to thousands of Southern California residents who could not otherwise afford these services.
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January 2017

Los Angeles Daily News|With Obamacare on the rocks, LA ‘mega-clinics’ could be in higher demand

The three-day mega health clinic will be held inside The Reef, an 850,000-square-foot building where designers and other creative types display their work. On Thursday, volunteers worked to prepare the second floor of the building with signs, 45 examination rooms and dozens of long display tables.
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Dental Dimensions|Care Harbor/ LA Free Clinic/ November 17,18,19,2017

Imagine a once per year Health Care Clinic on the scale of a dental convention with 60 chairs Dental Unit, a Vision Center, and a Medical Section that together treated 1,000 patients in one day.
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89.3 KPCC|Care Harbor offering guaranteed spots for annual free health clinic

Care Harbor is offering wristbands to LA County’s uninsured at a pair of giveaway events this weekend that secure a place for them at the charity’s seventh annual free health care clinic later this month.
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October 2015

PNN|Physicians News Network- Care Harbor Holds 5th Annual Los Angeles ‘Mega’ Free Clinic

Care Harbor, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that helps uninsured and medically underserved populations by organizing large-scale free urban health clinics, held its fifth annual Los Angeles clinic on Oct. 15-18 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
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LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS- Free medical, dental, vision clinic returns to LA with new services

Come Thursday, the nearly 17,000-seat Sports Arena will once again be transformed into a massive medical, dental and vision clinic, where hundreds of dentists, optometrists, nurses and other volunteers will offer free care for three days to those in need.
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September 2014

UCLA Newsroom- UCLA Volunteers at free clinic solve small problems for poor that could become catastrophic

Health care workers also uncover serious, untreated health conditions. It was a typical misunderstanding that could have led to disastrous consequences. The man had run out of medication to control his hypertension. But he couldn’t afford to get it refilled, or so he thought.
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LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS- Hundreds line up at Los Angeles Sports Arena for free medical, dental care

EXPOSITION PARK >> Sergio Sparza, a tall, husky man, suffered from a small yet biting pain.
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November 2013

L.A. Care at Care Harbor 2013

Patients, volunteers and physicians share their stories about Care Harbor/LA, an annual free health clinic at the L.A. Sports Arena, which provides medical, vision and dental services to the underserved and uninsured populations.

#LATogether| Unsung Hero Donald Manelli, Care Harbor’s President and Founder

Mr. Manelli was selected as the California Community Foundation’s 2013 Unsung Hero of Los Angeles because of the work he has done to inspire thousands of health professionals to donate their time to serve those in need of medical care through this nonprofit organization.
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NBC- Life Connected Award: A life of Service

Donald Manelli is the force behind one of the biggest life-saving events in Los Angeles: Care Harbor, one of the biggest free-health events in California. NBC4 will proudly present the reward to Donald Manelli on Wednesday night in Los Angeles. Colleen Williams reports in this Life Connected segment airing Oct. 6, 2013.
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Unsung Heroes of Los Angeles

September 2012

County Digest | Spirit on Display at Care Harbor Event

For those needing ongoing care, DHS volunteers were on hand to provide linkages to community clinics and services. One woman showed up complaining of stomach pain and was diagnosed with a large abdominal mass. Health Services providers were able to schedule surgery at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center for her within days.
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NBC Nightly News

Care Harbor LA transformed a sports arena into a huge health clinic where many of those seeking services are not only employed, but have insurance – and cannot afford their deductibles. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.
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Los Angeles Times | Patients flock to L.A. Sports Arena for free health services

Care Harbor, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization, is the lead
organizer of the event, running from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The presenting sponsor is the L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest health plan, which serves Los Angeles County residents through such programs as Medi-Cal and Healthy Families.
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KCal9 – Interview

LOS ANGELES ( — Care Harbor will be distributing wristbands Monday for those wanting to participate in the large-scale free health clinic that will be held later this week.
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HUFFPOST | LA Free Clinic 2012: Tickets For Massive Care Harbor Event To Be Distributed One Day Only

Care Harbor is gearing up to host another massive four-day free clinic in Los Angeles next week…
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Care Harbor To Hold Its Annual Large-Scale Free Health Clinic

STUDIO CITY ( — Care Harbor President Don Manelli stopped by KCAL9…
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October 2011

The Dr. Oz Show | The CareNow Free Clinic Saved My Life

Vern Bowman attended the CareNow free clinic in Los Angeles. After working for 41 years, he lost his job two years ago, as well as his access to health insurance. He went to the free clinic to see a dentist, but while under the care of volunteer physicians, learned he had a much more serious problem with this AICD heart defibrillator. Here is his story.
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NBC Nightly News

LOS ANGELES ( — Four-Day Free Clinic Opens at Sports Arena – Thousands of people without insurance will receive free medical care Thursday, the first day of a four-day free clinic at the Sports Arena.
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HUFFPOST | Free Medical Clinic In Los Angeles: Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas Comes Out Swinging

The center of the Sports Arena where the clinic is located was packed with rows of dental chairs, surrounded by hundreds who waited in stadium seating for their turn with a dentist. Salvador Arias, who lost his job at a printing press six months ago, was waiting in line to have three teeth removed and a loose filling taken care of. As he sat waiting, he admitted to The Huffington Post, “it’s kind of scary” knowing he’s going to walk out of the arena with three less teeth.
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Mark Ridley-Thomas | CareNow right now

CareNow President and Founder Don Manelli, along with representatives from the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, the Department of Health Services, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Mental Health, and a host of medical, dental and vision volunteers were recognized at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting for serving thousands of uninsured or underinsured Los Angeles County residents.
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