What to Expect

Thank you for Volunteering for California CareForce's free health care clinics.  If this is your first time volunteering with California CareForce you will be amazed at the difference you can make in someone's life.  People quietly struggle with serious medical problems without the money needed to fix them.

If this is your first time, you may want to know what is a typical California CareForce clinic day is link.

Patients are seen on a first come first serve basis.  California CareForce starts passing out numbers to enter the clinic at 3:30am each morning of the clinic.  Some of the patients have gotten in line as early as 9pm the previous night to ensure they will be seen.  Clinic doors open at 5:30am where patients are escorted in groups of 50 to the patient registration area.  At the welcome desk California CareForce core team members assess what services patients need/want, and patients are given the correct forms - white for medical, pink for dental, blue for vision and yellow for acupuncture.

We have such crowds we have patients choose between dental and vision.  Everyone may get all the other services, but the lines for dental and vision mean you can't really do both in the same day.  Patients are certainly allowed to come back several days and get more services.

Patients will then proceed to registration where they will be entered into the database, asked a series of questions and given labels for their forms.  They will then go to triage where nurses will take their vital signs and get their medical history.  Patients are then able to go to dental, vision or medical to start receiving services.  It is a long day for patients, especially if they have been waiting in line for the half the night to get in.  However, from what we as volunteers have seen, is that patients are so grateful that someone cares enough to help, they are just so appreciative to receive care that they otherwise would not be able to get.

Ideally, volunteers will arrive between 5am - 6am depending on their profession and/or assignment.  Each section of the clinic will have an orientation from the section floor leader on how to fill out forms, how patients will be seen and break/meal times.

The clinic is open 5:30am until around 6:00pm. If you are able to volunteer the entire day it is greatly appreciated.  We understand, however, if because of situations that you may not.  Please tell your floor leader when you arrive if you have a certain time you need to leave.

We provide a continental breakfast and vegetarian and non vegetarian lunch.  If you have special dietary needs, please be sure to bring what you need.

Thank you so much for volunteering with California CareForce.  We hope that you will find it as rewarding an experience as we have.

Sincerely, California CareForce