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!). You are making a real difference in the lives of underserved families in our community. 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. If you are unable to attend for the full day, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to see if there is still availability in your section.
Our clinics typically start in the early morning hours and end in the late afternoon or early evening hours. The timing of the roles within this vary based on skills, qualifications and experience. 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, tear down, and times of clinic operation for the clinic you are participating in. We appreciate your commitment to those in need.
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 carries out screenings, general health checks and other basic services. They also help stabilize patients so that they can undergo their dental or vision procedure.
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 carry out 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, click here
Vision Volunteers: We are in need of: Optometrists and Ophthalmologists; Optometric and Ophthalmic Techs; Opticians; and Vision Lab Technicians. We carry out full eye exams and produce custom prescription glasses on-site for our patients.
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. We do provide complimentary volunteer T-shirts for you to wear.
Food: We provide our volunteers breakfast, lunch and light refreshments each day.
Volunteers will enter through the gate on Arabia Street.
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