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. 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 in 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.
Food: We provide our volunteers breakfast, lunch and light refreshments each day.
Set Up Day:
Monday May 22
Tuesday May 23
Wednesday May 24
Thursday May 25