Health Insurance assistance at Open Arms

We are pleased to have health insurance expert, Dustin Schlesner, Principal of Clear Choice Insurance, to help Walworth County residents learn about their health insurance options. Local, no-obligation, FREE assistance is available to help you understand your Marketplace and other health insurance options.

WHERE: Open Arms Free Clinic, 205 E. Commerce Ct, Elkhorn, WI

WHEN: Wednesdays from 12:00 – 7:00 PM

  • October 17, 24, 31
  • November 7, 14, 28
  • December 5, 12

Questions? Want to reserve time? Please contact Dustin at 920.707.1423

Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. Awards the Village with Investment in Infrastructure Achievement 
Award and Donation to the Open Arms Free Clinic

[Fontana-on-Geneva Lake, WI, October 1, 2018] The Village of Fontana-on-Geneva-Lake received the Investment in Infrastructure Achievement Award presented by Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. at their Village Board meeting on Monday, October 1, 2018. Ruekert & Mielke, Inc., a civil engineering firm serving Wisconsin for over 70 years, presents this award to exceptional communities in recognition for their efforts to better their community and residential life through successful infrastructure projects. 


“The Village of Fontana-on-Geneva-Lake is an exemplary community when it comes to understanding the importance of proactively investing in infrastructure. Their forward-thinking and continuous efforts to maintain and upgrade their infrastructure help the community reduce long-term costs, while providing better service to their residents,” described Stan Sugden, President of Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. 

In addition to upgrading several clean water mains, the Village of Fontana-on-Geneva-Lake is also improving water quality in the community by investing in various storm  water and wastewater projects. 

“Protecting the water quality of Geneva Lake is vital to this community. The Village has made significant storm water improvements across several neighborhoods to reduce flooding, improve water quality, and enhance local infiltration,” stated Terry Tavera of Ruekert & Mielke, Inc., who has served as the Village’s Engineer for 14 years. The Village also conducted a sanitary sewer study to identify ways to reduce the amount of clear water infiltrating sewer mains. “This information will help protect water resources and reduce sanitary treatment costs,” explained Tavera.  

As part of their award, Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. provides a $1,000 donation to a non-profit organization selected by the community. The Village of Fontana-on-Geneva-Lake chose the Open Arms Free Clinic (OAFC), the first and only volunteer-driven medical and supportive care clinic in Walworth County. Since treating its first patient in December 2012, OAFC has served 2,800 low-income patients with primary and specialty medical, dental, vision, behavioral health, lab, and pharmaceutical assistance. 

“We consider it a privilege to meet our patients’ needs and feel blessed to have the support of the community through gifts of time and funds,” shares Executive Director, Sara Nichols. “It is a give and take of joy, health, and healing for all the patients AND volunteers who are part of our clinic family.”  As a result, the clinic continues to grow in the number of patients it serves, while at the same time broadens the services provided to the community. 

The operational dollars to support the clinic come from grants and private donations. For every dollar donated, they are able to dispense $10 worth of life-saving medication. “We are humbly grateful to receive the generous donation from The Village of Fontana-on-Geneva-Lake via Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.’s Investment in Infrastructure Award. With it, Open Arms Free Clinic will be able to provide $10,000 worth of medication to our neighbors in need,” stated Sara Nichols. 

About the Village of Fontana-on-Geneva-Lake , WI
The Village of Fontana-on-Geneva is a beautiful and serene destination to enjoy a small-town atmosphere with all the benefits of a waterfront destination. Their scenic home sits on the western shore of Geneva Lake in Walworth County, Wisconsin, greeting residents and visitors with boutique shopping, hometown eateries, and outdoor recreation experiences. Their rare combination of lively, local events, community parks, and quality businesses is truly what makes Fontana an ideal place to live and visit.

About Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.
Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. partners with communities to provide municipal infrastructure management that encompasses a broad range of municipal services throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. R/M has over 70 years of experience and assists communities in managing water, wastewater, storm water, transportation, municipal finance, electrical, SCADA control systems and construction review. R/M services are centered around technology and feature a cloud-based GIS portal that allows communities to access and manage their infrastructure in a mobile environment.

About Open Arms Free Clinic
Open Arms Free Clinic (OAFC) is the first and only volunteer-driven medical and supportive care clinic in Walworth County serving low-income and uninsured residents with primary medical, dental, vision, behavioral health, lab, and pharmaceutical assistance. Created in December 2011, and expanded in April 2015, Open Arms is an independent, community-based, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a mission to better understand and serve with compassion the health and wellness needs of the uninsured, low income, and underserved residents of Walworth County. The clinic derives all its operating income solely from private donations, foundations, grants, and fundraising events.

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Press Contact: 

Dave Pond
Marketing Manager

Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. 

(262) 542-5733

2017 – 2018 Annual Report Available

Outreach Team Comes Alive at the County Fair

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ELKHORN, WI (Wednesday, August 29, 2018).  The Walworth County Fair goers will come alive with an onsite flash mob performed by the Open Arms Free Clinic Volunteer Outreach Team on August 29th.  Over 100 volunteers have prepared the joyful expression of outreach to the The Greatest Showman movie soundtrack song, “Come Alive” under the direction of The Dance Factory Choreographer, Garrett Vopendesta.   Larry Gaffey, General Manager for the Walworth County Fairgrounds, was excited for the opportunity. “We are always looking for ways to support the community and bring excitement to the fair.  The performance by Open Arms fit perfectly with this year’s theme, “Country Nights and Carnival Lights.”

“Years ago I dreamed of running a public health community clinic and I was given this opportunity to live my dream after meeting Fr. Dan Sanders, Founder of Open Arms Free Clinic”, shares Sara Nichols, Executive Director for Open Arms Free Clinic. “My soul’s purpose is to provide opportunities for individuals to live their dream. When I heard the song “Come Alive” and the story behind P.T. Barnum, there was a flash idea that we need to be bigger in telling the story of Open Arms Free Clinic.  We are a unique organization as a volunteer-driven, donor-supported free medical clinic. However, even after 5 years of serving over 2,500 patients in our community, many people still don’t know who or what we are. There are over 8,000 people in Walworth County who don’t have health insurance.  Where are they getting their medical care? There are hundreds of retirees in the community. Have they found purposeful use of their time and talents? I asked our courageous volunteers to be bold and get people to take notice, thus the flash mob at the county fair.”

Back To School Day – August 25, 2018

Seeking Summer Outreach Volunteers

There are multiple opportunities to help OAFC spread the word of its good work. We need over 200+ volunteers this summer of all ages, shapes, and abilities. Click HERE if you would like to sign up for either of these opportunities.

We need sponsors to help defray the costs.  Click HERE if you can support the outreach efforts this summer!

(1) Flash Mob Participants:

Rehearsals are Sundays @ 1:00 PM on 7/22, 7/29, and 8/19.

Performance is Wednesday 8/29 @ 3:00 PM.

(2) Event Booth with Kiddie Games:

Booth coverage on Tuesday, 8/7 @ 4:30 – 7:00 PM

Saturday, 8/11 @ 3:00 – 7:00 PM

Highway 67 Construction

Work on Hwy 67 in Elkhorn has begun. For those travelling to the Clinic, we recommend the using a route from the north, either by way of Hwy 43, or 67 coming from the north. Please allow for extra travel time if coming for a scheduled appointment.

Thank you, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

The Staff and Volunteers at Open Arms Free Clinic, Inc.

The Words of a Patient

2017 Gala Highlights