Thank you for your interest in supporting Open Arms Free Clinic with your time and talent. In more ways than one, OAFC is a gift – for our community, for our patients, and for our volunteers. OAFC aims to provide volunteers with a working environment where you can make a difference. By contributing to the working group, which is the OAFC Volunteers, you will be assisting those who need help the most. Thank you for your consideration for service!
What Should I Expect When Volunteering
OAFC can only offer medical services for free because all who work at the clinic donate their time as a volunteer. The OAFC volunteer is a person who works in and outside the clinic under the direction of the Executive Director and its Board of Directors to strengthen the organization and to enhance the service experience of the patients. Volunteering means not only those who come to the clinic during operating hours but also those who support clinic goals in any way, at any place, and at any time. The greater value is working toward the common goals of the clinic and gaining the sense of belonging to a healing community. There are benefits, challenges, and responsibilities for the organization and our volunteers.
- Strengthen social networks among residents and builds a sense of community
- Provide a wider, long-term pool of volunteers with ideas and expertise to meet
- the needs of the patients
- Cultivate familiarity with and support for the mission of free clinics.
- Create opportunities in and out of clinic hours for a variety of individuals to volunteer.
- Pass on values and a sense of civic responsibility to community members.
The challenge is to design opportunities for individuals to volunteer, keeping in mind time demands, types of activities for volunteers, needs within the clinic, the availability of volunteers, and scheduling
Responsibilities of Volunteers
- Treating patients and volunteers with respect and compassion
- Providing complete and accurate information on the application and background check forms
- Being an active team player. Ask questions, notify leadership if there are changes to your schedule, and provide ideas for improvements and opportunities
- Respecting the privacy, rights, and property of others
<Application Form to Download > and fax or mail it in to the Free Clinic. We will reach out to you about your volunteer interest as soon as possible.
What can you do?
- Greeter (Receptionist): Greet and register patients and answer phones.
- Screener: Review applications for services with patient and determine eligibility.
- Spanish Interpreter: Interpret for Spanish speaking patients throughout the Clinic.
- RN – Patient intake process and discharge process including triage of patient problems.
- Laboratory Technician: Phlebotomy and point of care testing.
- Dispensary Volunteer: Pharmacist – Provide medication instruction and support to the healthcare providers. Pharmacy Technician – Maintain the dispensary including log of medications provided.
- Healthcare Provider: Physician, Physician Assistant, Nurse Practicioner, Psychologist – Provide care to patients.
- Data Entry Volunteer: Enter patient information and clinic visits into computer data base.
- Housekeeper: Clean clinic on a routine basis.
- Fundraising Committee Volunteer: Work with the committee on fundraising opportunities for the clinic including the Gala.