Volunteers are the heart and soul of our clinic, the power behind our work, and the reason we are able to care for patients without charge. Every VIM volunteer has a desire to put their skills and talents to work to better the lives of people in our community, and we all benefit when they do. Each day of the week, 25 – 30 of our 300+ trained volunteers fill a wide variety of positions in the clinic.
During our last fiscal year, our volunteers donated 14,000+ service hours in the clinic.
We also have over 300 community medical partners who extend our work in immeasurable ways. They represent 40+ medical specialties and 110+ groups, clinics and facilities, seeing patients in their own offices upon our referral.
VIM may be a nonprofit, but we run just like any other medical clinic. We pride ourselves in the level of care and service that we provide to patients. This means that we also have high standards for our volunteers.
Here’s what we ask of our in-clinic volunteers:
Generally, volunteers work one morning, afternoon or evening each week for a four-hour shift. Some volunteers work more, some work as little as once per month. The most important thing is consistency. We need to depend on you since our patients depend on us.
Time and again, our volunteers have said that the gratitude expressed by our patients is profound. VIM patients know what a gift it is to have healthcare, and their appreciation is one of the things that fuels every one of us each and every day.