Our Volunteers: A Lifeline to Better Health

  • April 23, 2014
  • Newsroom, Americares Free Clinics, Danbury

While National Volunteer Week shines a well-deserved spotlight on the crucial work of our dedicated volunteers – their impact is felt throughout AmeriCares every day of the year.

The AmeriCares Free Clinics, serving the uninsured in Connecticut, rely upon the more than 260 volunteers who work together to provide free primary care to some of Connecticut’s neediest residents.

“From the doctors and nurses, to the interpreters and administrative assistants—our volunteers are the heart and soul of our AmeriCares Free Clinics program,” explained Terri McCartney, Associate Director. “We couldn’t keep our doors open without them.”

In 2013, the clinics, located in Norwalk, Bridgeport and Danbury, provided free health care valued at more than $6.2 million to nearly 3,000 patients. This year, our new Stamford clinic began treating patients and is expected to provide an additional $750,000 in health care for 2014. 

Dr. Sarojini Kurra, Norwalk Pediatrician

How do our volunteers feel about their work?

“Volunteering for AmeriCares means giving back what I once received when I was uninsured. “Volunteering means receiving more than giving.” Zoila Zamora, Stamford Interpreter

“Ever since I was a little girl, my dream was to be a doctor and come to this country – which I was able to fulfill over 30 years ago. I just want to give back by using my medical knowledge to serve the community” – Dr. Sarojini Kurra, Norwalk Pediatrician.

“I have always worked with underserved populations. I feel I receive more than I give, with the heartfelt thanks and hugs I get every day. Who says we don’t get paid?” Pam Rule, Bridgeport nurse

More than two dozen volunteers fulfill key needs atAmeriCares headquarters — assisting with research projects, doing administrative jobs and working on our special events.

Zoila Zamora, Stamford Interpreter

When disasters like Typhoon Haiyan strike, it’s all hands on deck. That’s when we call upon our roster of 100 additional volunteers who are available to help out at a moment’s notice. This group of volunteers carries out important, high-quality, time sensitive work, including putting together emergency kits for displaced families.

“We would like to extend our appreciation and sincere gratitude to all of our volunteers,” said Mary Jo Loparco, associate director of Human Resources. “AmeriCares is fortunate to have a dedicated network of committed individuals who volunteer the time and talents to help us continue our mission. Together they play a very meaningful role in our work every day, and help make a difference in countless lives.”

Find out more about volunteer opportunities at AmeriCares Free Clinics here.