CommuniCare Health Centers


COMMUNICARE'S VOLUNTEER PROGRAM RESPONDS TO COVID-19

 

Volunteers serve many important roles at CommuniCare that enable us to meet our mission – serving patients/clients and their families. As you know, volunteers have been at the heart of what we do since 1972. In response to COVID-19, CommuniCare has led the way in implementing safety measures in order to keep our employees, volunteers, and patients safe, and to minimize potential spread of COVID-19.

 

To achieve our top priority - safety for all - the volunteer program is currently:

  • Working with program managers to transition as many existing volunteer positions as possible into remote/virtual volunteer roles.
  • Working to create new remote/virtual volunteer positions in response to some new challenges we face as a healthcare organization - challenges that didn’t exist before COVID-19.
  • In the long term, we will continue using guidelines from State and Local Health Officials, the CDC, and CAL/OSHA to create infrastructure for in-person volunteers to return to CommuniCare clinics and satellite locations, when we can safely do so.

 

We are taking the time to do it right. We want to be able to:

  • Continue to offer volunteers opportunities that will provide meaningful experiences - so volunteers can explore their interests and use their education, skills and abilities to have a positive impact on the community
  • Ensure that the opportunities provide potential for volunteers to achieve personal and/or professional growth and learning
  • Implement proper infrastructure for on-site volunteers that will not add to the duties of clinic staff or providers, or otherwise adversely affect patient experience.
  • Continue to provide high-quality healthcare services to our patients – which is our number one priority (after safety!)

 

We continue to accept new volunteer applications, and we are happy to hear from you. Please let us know what questions you have volunteer@communicarehc.org.

 

We will get through this challenging time together!

 

 


ABOUT US

 

Founded as an all-volunteer run free clinic in 1972, CommuniCare Health Centers continues to welcome the contributions of volunteers and students at every level of care.

 

CommuniCare is proud to offer opportunities for Volunteers and Students to complement the delivery of high-quality services, to help engage the community in its mission, and to serve as a teaching and learning environment for future leaders and providers in healthcare.

 

CommuniCare Health Centers provides an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity and life experience. CommuniCare welcomes the contribution of volunteers of all backgrounds including, but not limited to, Black, indigenous, people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQI, people with disabilities, veterans, individuals of all ages and religions, as well as those who have experienced the criminal justice system

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COVID-19 Response/Patient Screener

Volunteers are needed to Support CommuniCare’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a COVID-19 Response Volunteer you will be able to sign up for shifts at our clinic sites in - West Sacramento, and Davis - screening patients. 

Requires: Friendly with strong customer service skills, comfortable interacting with diverse populations & preferred bilingual (NOT REQUIRED) in a language spoken by patient population.

Responsibilities include: Screen patients who enter the clinic & verify eligibility and appointment status

Benefits include: Building relationships with patients and with clinic employees and providers & could lead to placement in long-term volunteer positions

 

Behavioral Health

We are looking for community members (including students) to support operations at the Mental Health Navigation Center in Davis! 

 

The Mental Health Navigation Center links clients to available mental health and substance use treatment resources and service. Clients at the navigation center can find:

  • Crisis Support
  • Mental Health Assessments, referrals, and linkage to care
  • Substance Use Disorder Screenings (ASAM) and linkage to treatment
  • Entry point for adult mental health services and medication management with Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency
  • Adult Mental Health Wellness and Social Support Groups
  • Telehealth and in-person care
  • Case Management, Care Coordination, and Peer Support
  • Transportation
  • Access to community services and resources

Davis Respite Center

We currently have opportunities for the community to volunteer supporting the Davis Respite Center, located in Central Davis!

 

The City of Davis and CommuniCare have formed an innovative partnership to open the Davis Respite Center – a safe space where the unhoused population of Davis can go for essential services like laundry, bathroom/showers, computer access, access to Case Managers who can link them to local services and more.

 

The Respite Center is open Monday - Saturday 7:30am - 3:00pm

The Garden at Hansen Family Health Center

Volunteer to support the Food Is Medicine program at The Garden at Hansen Family Health Center in Woodland! 

Behavioral Health

Volunteers support the delivery of services and resources to CommuniCare's Behavioral Health (BH) clients. Opportunities vary and may be available at locations in Davis, West Sacramento, or Woodland.

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COVID-19 Response

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Health Promotions and Wellness

Volunteers in Health Promotion and Wellness support projects and events that are designed to engage the community in order to increase awareness of the many programs and services offered at CommuniCare Health Centers or to improve health outcomes of CommuniCare patients. A variety of volunteer opportunities can become available or be created, so check back often. An interest in Health Education is a plus. 

Fluency in Spanish, Russian, Punjabi or Urdu is preferred, but not required

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Respite Center

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Mission Statement

Our Mission

 

CommuniCare Health Centers’ mission is rooted in the underlying philosophy that health care is a right, not a privilege.

 

Our mission is characterized by the following commitments:

  • We provide comprehensive and high-quality health care to anyone in our community, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.

 

  • We deliver health care in a supportive, safe environment emphasizing patient partnership, wellness and preventive health in all our services.

 

  • We invest in employees, learners and volunteers at all levels of the organization, as they are the foundation and heart of the work we do.

NCQA patient centered medical home

HRSA FTCA deemed facility

CommuniCare Health Centers provides an inclusive environment that promotes and values diversity and life experience.  CommuniCare encourages people of all backgrounds to bring their unique perspectives, skills, and talents to volunteer and student roles including, but not limited to those who identify as: Black, indigenous, people of color, LGBTQIA+ persons, immigrants, refugees, women, people with disabilities, veterans, individuals of all ages and religions, as well as those who have experienced the criminal justice system.