Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center is asking the community spare some time and roll a strike for charity.

The Northland-based health clinic is holding its 11th annual Bowl-to-Help from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Columbus Square Bowling Palace, 5707 Forest Hills Blvd.

"We like to get as many community supporters out as we can get," said Sarah Gray, who serves as executive director of the center, 5100 Karl Road.

Cost is $25 for adults 18 years and older and $10 for children 17 and younger.

Registration is available at helpinghandsfreeclinic.org. Cost of admission includes unlimited bowling, free shoe rental, food and refreshments.

Admission also includes activities and prizes for children, a costume contest and a ticket for a raffle.

The bowling event raises $30,000 to $35,000 of the nonprofit's $200,000 budget, which goes for expenses such as rent, medical supplies and salaries for the four part-time staff members, Gray said.

Helping Hands is located inside but operates independently of Epworth United Methodist Church, 5100 Karl Road.

The center, which is 13 years old, is a community, faith-based, free medical clinic and serves uninsured and underinsured adults whose income is below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, according to the Helping Hands' website.

The organization, which is celebrating its first year at the new location, also is holding an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the clinic.

Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.

The need for services is growing at Helping Hands, Gray said.

The clinic is on pace to have provided 40 percent more services that it did last year.

English is not the first language for many patients and some don't speak English at all, Gray said.

Helping Hands uses a phone-based interpretation system to help the 15 to 20% of patients who struggle with the language, she said.

Dr. Vic Velasco, a retired internist and one of about 200 volunteers at the clinic, finds the work rewarding.

"Its my faith," Velasco said. "I'm definitely Christian, doing Christ's work.

"It's a pleasure to serve this community -- lovely people -- very appreciative of our being here," he said.

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