Supporting Volunteerism During Pandemic in Clinics
Volunteers are the life blood of Virginia's free and charitable clinics – indeed they could not provide the vulnerable communities across the Commonwealth with high-quality care without the incredible support of medical and non-medical volunteers. However, due to the pandemic and other factors, clinics have seen a decrease in volunteerism, especially in licensed healthcare providers.
“We couldn't do our work without our volunteers because our business model is built on volunteers working side by side with us to deliver our services.” Health Brigade Executive Director Karen Legato
Realizing the critical role volunteers play and the need to support clinics in their volunteer recruitment efforts, the Virginia Association of Free & Charitable Clinics, which represents close to 60 clinics across the state, recently launched a Volunteer Opportunity Board & Directory. This is a centralized, easy-to-use, web-based tool that quickly and conveniently connects interested health care volunteers with current volunteer needs in free clinics across the Commonwealth. On this website, both interested medical and non-medical volunteers can review current needs or add their names to the directory of interested volunteers for free clinics to contact once an opportunity becomes available.
"Volunteers are always in high demand and this new tool is a game changer as it informs potential volunteers from all over Virginia that we're here, and if we're not in their vicinity then there's likely another free clinic in their area where they can volunteer.” Charlottesville Free Clinic Executive Director Susan Sherman
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