What to Expect
What you need to know: California CareForce would like nothing more than to provide these services to everyone in need. However, we are limited by time, space, number of professional volunteers, and supplies.
Because these services are offered free of charge and there may be thousands of residents in need, we cannot guarantee that you will be seen by volunteer medical staff. These services are rendered on a first come first served basis.
When to show up and how to get a number: Numbers will be issued to patients each day starting between 3 - 3:30 am on the morning of that day’s clinic. Only 1 (one) number will be issued to each person in line. You may wait in line for someone whose circumstances do not allow them to wait, but you will not receive a number for yourself as well. Once numbers run out, no other numbers will be issued for that day’s clinic.
What happens next: Starting at 5:30 am patients with numbers will be let into the clinic area in small groups to register. Once registered, patients will wait inside (seating is provided) to be seen by volunteer professionals. Volunteers will provide services to patients all day.
Please note: Patients will likely not be able to arrive throughout the day for services, because it's possible there will be enough patients by 6:00am to occupy the volunteers all day. Please take this into consideration and arrive early. Please be courteous to all volunteers and patients. Because of the large number of patients seen each day, you should determine what your greatest need is (dental, medical, vision), and proceed to that treatment area first.
What to bring: As you can see, it may be a very long day for you and/or your family, and your comfort is your responsibility. Therefore, we suggest the following: You should bring some *food and beverages. This could consist of breakfast, lunch, snacks, and water. Wear comfortable clothing. It may be cold at 3:30 am so dress warmly. We advise bringing chairs for waiting in line in the morning hours. Once inside, there will be designated waiting areas with seats.
*Please bring food that will not adversely impact your blood sugar level or your blood pressure. High blood sugar, or high blood pressure levels may prevent us from providing you treatment at the clinic.
Bring items to relieve boredom: Reading material or other form of portable entertainment, for small children consider bringing a small toy (California CareForce is not responsible for lost or stolen items.)
What Not To Bring: No drugs or alcohol.
You may find answers to additional questions under the "Patient" section of the FAQs page.
Services Provided FREE to Adults and Children
by Volunteer Health Care Professionals
DENTAL: Cleanings, Fillings, Extractions
EYE CARE: Complete Dilated Eye Exams, Glaucoma Testing, Diabetic Retinopathy Screening, and Prescription Glasses*.
Want to save time? Bring your current eye glass prescription (within one year) to avoid the wait for an eye exam at California CareForce. We may not be able to make glasses for everybody due to volume of patients!
*The complexity of your prescription may prevent us form making you a pair of eye glasses. You may have the option to have a pair for near and distance vision glasses made or you may take your prescription obtained at our clinic and have them filled at a low cost optometry center such as Walmart, at your own expense.
MEDICAL: Acupuncture, Breast Exams, Diabetes Screening, General Medicine, Physicals.