California CareForce Volunteer Information

Thank you for your interest in being part of the California CareForce.
California CareForce is a volunteer organization, and we simply wouldn’t exist at all if it wasn’t for our community of volunteers who donate their time.

Following is some important information about what to expect at a California CareForce clinic. Each clinic is different, so please pay particular attention to the clinic-specific information listed on this page. We do our best to provide our volunteers with a worthwhile experience.

If you have any further questions, please contact us at or (916) 749-4170.


General Information

Spending a day volunteering as a member of the California CareForce can be long, hard work (which, of course, is also rewarding and a lot of fun!). We understand you want to know what you are getting into when you sign up.

We aim to provide our volunteers with an experience of community where we, your California CareForce Core Team, are taking care of you and together, we are taking care of all of us. We do our best to provide you with a rewarding experience of giving, and we welcome feedback on your experience.

The following is some important information about what to expect at a California CareForce clinic.

Time Commitment: When you sign up to volunteer for a day, we expect you will be there the whole day. We base our volunteer capacities with the knowledge that people will take breaks throughout the day and that sometimes things come up in life that must be attended to. But, overall, we anticipate everyone who comes to volunteer will stay for the whole day. Our clinics typically start in the early morning hours and end in the late afternoon or early evening hours. If you can only come for part of the time (half day or less), please let us know so we can plan accordingly. Please check the specific information about set up, take down, and times of clinic operation for the clinic you are participating in. We appreciate your commitment to those in need.

Non-Professional/General Volunteers:  Volunteers without relevant health care professional skills will be able to volunteer is several other capacities. There are many jobs at the clinic that most anyone can help with: patient registration, runners to help patients get where they need to go, language translation (if you have language skills to offer), dental sterilization, supply stocking and lay technicians in our vision lab. We ask that you be flexible concerning your work assignment at the clinic. We have many jobs that need to be filled; you might not be able to volunteer for a specific assignment. Although we will do our best to honor location and assignment requests, and will do our absolute best to accommodate any physical restrictions you might have, general volunteers will mostly be assigned duties when they arrive based on our greatest need at the time. We have to get the clinic operations up and running each morning, so things can be very busy. You will find that it is easy to enjoy working in wherever you end up at the clinic. You’ll get to meet new people and make new friends!

Dress:  We recommend volunteers wear modest, comfortable attire (scrubs are acceptable). All volunteers are required to wear closed-toe shoes (we suggest shoes you can stand comfortably in for long hours). No tank tops or offensive clothing are permitted.

Lodging:  For our larger clinics, California CareForce tries to arrange for discounted lodging near to our site for out of town volunteers.  Please visit our web page specific to a clinic for more information (under “Upcoming Clinics”). We recommend booking well in advance if you are able to, in order to secure a room at the best rate.

Food: We do our best to provide coffee, breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages for our volunteers.

About Us

California CareForce's mission is to provide free health, dental, and vision care services to inhabitants of California.  To find out more, please visit our About Us pages

Contact Us

  • (916) 749-4170
  • (916) 772-9220
  • 950 Reserve Drive Suite 120
    Roseville, CA 95678