1. How many hours a week would I have to volunteer?
You can volunteer at CVIM as often or as little as your schedule allows! Some positions require a commitment of at least once every two weeks in order to stay current with procedure. Aside from those positions, there is no minimum requirement. However, we do ask that you commit to a regular schedule to facilitate the care we provide to our patients and ensure the clinic is always fully staffed when open.
2. I have no specific medical skills, so what else can I do to help at the clinic?
There are many ways to help at the healthcare center! In addition to clinical volunteers, CVIM needs plenty of support volunteers to help keep the healthcare center functioning smoothly. We utilize volunteers for eligibility screening, front office work, interpreting, fundraising, and social work, to name a few. For a full list of volunteer opportunities, click here.
3. Would I be trained to perform my volunteer job?
Yes! CVIM provides training for volunteers. All volunteers will complete a general orientation followed by a department specific orientation that will acquaint you with the department in which you will work.
4. Is it safe to volunteer at CVIM during the COVID-19 Pandemic, and what are the rules and regulations?
CVIM has implemented strict cleaning, social distancing, capacity regulations, mask mandates, and overall house rules that are designed to keep the volunteers, patients, and staff during these stressful times. Please Click Here for a list of House Rules, and find out how to Become A Volunteer here, where you can also inquire about further information.
5. Would there be others doing the same job I would be doing?
Yes! CVIM has nearly 500 volunteers working all of the positions necessary to keep the clinic running on a daily basis. Depending on your volunteer position and availability, you may not be working at the same time as other volunteers who do your same job; however, the CVIM staff is always more than happy to assist you with any questions that may arise.
6. Do I need to be able to speak Spanish to be a volunteer at CVIM?
No! More than 65% of CVIM patients speak Spanish or another language, so bilingual volunteers are especially desirable and always in high demand. However, there are still hundreds of CVIM patients who primarily speak English. Volunteers working with Spanish-speaking patients can rest assured that a volunteer interpreter or bilingual staff person will be able to help bridge any language barriers. Check out the volunteers needed to see bilingual volunteer opportunities.
7. What services does CVIM offer?
CVIM offers a comprehensive array of health services from medical and dental care, to behavioral health, social services, and nutrition education, plus a dispensary that provides free prescription medications for patients. Check out our services pages to see a full list of everything CVIM has to offer.
8. What about malpractice insurance?
CVIM offers free, federally-backed malpractice coverage for all of our credentialed clinicians. We apply for you and you are fully covered for your work at the clinic. The attached document describes the program in detail.