The Venice Family Clinic was founded in 1970 and has grown to seven sites throughout the Westside and is the largest free clinic in the United States. Impressive! The services they offer are also impressive. From their site:
The Clinic provides comprehensive primary health care, mental health services, health education and child development services, as well as public insurance enrollment to nearly 22,000 patients, including over 5,000 children, who make more than 110,000 visits. Prescription medicines are provided at no charge.
They have become successful because of their volunteers and donors. They have over 2400 administrative volunteers as well as 875 clinical volunteers (doctors, nurses, lab techs, etc) serving all kinds of people who are low-income and who have no health insurance. 26% of their patients are children and 70% of their patients live below the poverty line. Read more about their services and patients here.
The Venice Family Clinic could always use more volunteers. Specifically they need to recruit doctors, all kinds of doctors: GPs, Cardiologists, Urologists, Dermatologists, Endocrinologists, Ophthalmologists, Podiatrists, or whatever kind of doctor you happen to be. For you non-doctors, the clinic has openings for people to help in the children’s play area. “Volunteers spend 2-3 hours per week interacting with our young patients through art, reading, playing, etc.”
And of course, they are always happy to take donations!
If you are a Doctor interested in volunteering, or you play a doctor on TV but are now out of work because of the Writer’s strike and need something to fill your time and your heart, contact:
Volunteer Services Supervisor