Volunteering at a California CareForce clinic can be long, hard work -- which, of course, is also rewarding and fun! You will be making a real difference in the lives of under-served families in our community. We understand that you want to know exactly what you're getting yourself into before you sign up though. Since we aim to provide our volunteers with the best experience possible, we welcome your feedback about your experience too. We greatly appreciate your commitment to those in need.
Please review the following important information about what to expect at a California CareForce clinic.
Time Commitment: Since the number of patients we serve each day is based on the number of volunteers we have, when you sign up to volunteer for a clinic day, we expect you will volunteer the whole day. We do appreciate that sometimes things come up in life that must be attended to though. If you are unable to volunteer for the whole day, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to see if there is still availability in your section.
Our clinics typically open in the early morning hours and close in the late afternoon or early evening hours. The schedules for each section of the clinic vary based on the skills, qualifications, and experience of the volunteers in those sections. If you can only volunteer for part of the day (a half day or less), please let us know so we can plan accordingly. Please remember to review the times you're expected to arrive for your specific section of the clinic too.
Medical Volunteers: We are in need of Medical Doctors, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses, EMTs, Chiropractors, and Acupuncturists. The medical section provides screenings, general health checks, and other basic services. They also help stabilize patients so that they can undergo their dental or vision procedures.
Dental Volunteers: We are in need of General Dentists, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental X-Ray Technicians and Dental Students. The dental section consists of three sections: hygiene, restoration, and oral surgery. We do not provide any endodontic work at the clinic. The dental floor consists of 70 chairs. You do not need to bring your own equipment. All instrumentation and personal protective equipment is provided. Dental volunteers may also be eligible to receive 3 CE credits free of charge. For more information on the criteria for CE credits, click here
Vision Volunteers: We are in need of Optometrists and Ophthalmologists, Ophthalmic and Optometric Technicians, Opticians, and Vision Lab Technicians. The vision section provides full eye exams and produces custom-made prescription glasses on-site for our patients.
General Volunteers (Non-Professional): Volunteers without professional health care skills will be able to volunteer in several other capacities: registering patients, stocking supplies, sterilizing dental supplies, making glasses in the vision lab, escorting patients from section to section, and interpreting for patients (if you speak a second language). We ask that you please be flexible concerning your work assignment at the clinic. We have many roles that need to be filled, so you may not be able to volunteer for a specific role. Although we will do our absolute best to honor your requests -- in addition to accommodating any physical restrictions you have -- general volunteers will mostly be assigned roles 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 (in which you can stand comfortably in for long hours). No tank tops, clothing featuring political statements, or clothing with offensive words/symbols are permitted. We do provide complimentary volunteer T-shirts for you to wear.
Food: We provide our volunteers with breakfast, lunch, and light refreshments each day.
Volunteers will enter through the gate on Arabia Street.
The schedule varies based on the section you sign up to volunteer in. The full clinic hours are as follows:
Set Up Days:
Wednesday, March 21: 8:00am-5:00pm
Thursday, March 22: 8:00am-5:00pm
Friday, March 23: 6.00am-5.00pm
Saturday, March 24: 6.00am-5.00pm
Sunday, March 25: 6.00am-5.00pm
Monday, March 26: 8.00am-4:00pm
The Super 8 Indio, which is just a few minutes from the Riverside County Fairgrounds, is California CareForce's preferred hotel for the Coachella Clinic. Volunteers who call 760-342-0264 and tell the front desk they're part of the California CareForce team will receive special discounts on their rooms. The discounts are as follows:
Stay for 2 nights = 15% discount
Stay for 3 nights = 20% discount
There are many other hotels nearby if you would prefer to stay somewhere else. Please click here to see other hotel options. We recommend booking your hotel rooms as soon as possible to get a cheaper rate and avoid missing your chance to do so as there will be many volunteers travelling to the Coachella Clinic to participate.