Our
Volunteers

The Americares Free Clinics rely on volunteers to provide free, high-quality health care to our patients. Thanks to our nearly 300 dedicated and selfless volunteers we are able to make a difference in the lives of so many.

Medical Professional Volunteer Roles

Without the hundreds of medical volunteers who staff our clinics we would not be able to do what we do. We provide medical malpractice coverage for volunteers on site, and retiring physicians who volunteer 100 hours may be able to waive the annual licensing fee. The time commitment is flexible. Volunteers can work as little as once each month or once a week. To become an Americares Free Clinics volunteer, select the appropriate role and complete the application and health form. Photo by Paul McDermott.

Physicians

Primary Care Providers

Volunteer Requirements

  • Graduate of an accredited school of medicine
  • Current Connecticut physician license in good standing, and DEA certificate, if available
  • Board-certified or eligible in family practice, emergency medicine, internal medicine or pediatrics (Norwalk only)
  • Board-certified in specialty as practiced in clinic.
  • Successful completion of AFC's Physician Credentialing Process
  • Recent clinical experience

“As a solo primary-care internist for 34 years, I was finding it increasingly difficult to practice thorough diagnostic and preventative care medicine because of third-party and Medicare limitations. Soon after retirement I started volunteering every two weeks at the Bridgeport clinic and have found the joy of practice once again. I’m proud to be part of a staff dedicated to providing patients with first-rate care. ”

Bridgeport Volunteer

Nurse Practitioners

Primary Care Providers

Volunteer Requirements

  • Current Connecticut nurse practitioner license, with certification in an appropriate area of practice.
  • Minimum two years of full-time experience caring for adults with chronic and episodic medical conditions. The same experience is required of the pediatric NP in that field.
  • One letter of recommendation from health care provider familiar with candidate's recent clinical practice.
  • Successful completion of AFC's Credentialing Process.

“It is a real privilege to serve as a volunteer in an organization with such a dedicated staff and inspiring mission. Working with such competent, kind and compassionate people has made me not only a better provider, but a better person as well. I am truly grateful to be given the opportunity to use my skills to help needy individuals. Thank you, Americares.”

Danbury volunteer nurse practitioner

Specialists

Volunteer specialists are needed both on site at the clinic and as referrals for Americares Free Clinic patients.

On Site: Specialists in certain fields of medicine are needed to staff monthly clinic sessions at each of clinic locations.

Off Site: Physicians are needed in all specialties who are willing to see our patients in their offices. 

Here are the details:

  • Commitment 1 or 2 patients per month
  • All continuity and follow up care will be provided by the clinic nursing staff.
  • We will schedule lab and diagnostic testing as available and provide most medications.
  • Patients will be instructed to bring an interpreter if needed.

“I have been seeing Americares Norwalk clinic patients since 1994. My staff and I find the patients to be respectful and appreciative. One of our Americares patients from years ago still stops by with cakes for staff birthdays! Providing the continuity between my practice and the clinic is easy. It is a pleasure to be able to give back to my community in this way.”

Norwalk Dermatologist

Nurses

Volunteer Requirements

  • Two to four nurses staff each clinic session (RN, LPN and EMT). A current Connecticut license is required.

“I enjoy being at the clinic with appreciative patients who really need the care they receive, great co-workers who are fun to be with and very welcoming, and an opportunity to use my nursing skills now that I am retired. What more could you ask from a volunteer experience?”

Norwalk RN

I enjoy being at the clinic with appreciative patients who really need the care they receive, great co-workers who are fun to be with and very welcoming, and an opportunity to use my nursing skills now that I am retired. What more could you ask from a volunteer experience?

I have been seeing Americares Norwalk clinic patients since 1994. My staff and I find the patients to be respectful and appreciative. One of our Americares patients from years ago still stops by with cakes for staff birthdays! Providing the continuity between my practice and the clinic is easy. It is a pleasure to be able to give back to my community in this way.

As a solo primary-care internist for 34 years, I was finding it increasingly difficult to practice thorough diagnostic and preventative care medicine because of third-party and Medicare limitations. Soon after retirement I started volunteering every two weeks at the Bridgeport clinic and have found the joy of practice once again. I’m proud to be part of a staff dedicated to providing patients with first-rate care. 

Non-Medical Volunteer Roles

Effective patient communication is critical to providing high quality care at our free clinics. We offer volunteer opportunities for interpreters and eligibility screeners to work with our clinic teams.

Interpreters

Volunteer Requirements

Two or more interpreters staff each clinic session. Language proficiency in Spanish/English or Portuguese/English (Danbury only) is required. Interpreters must be able to accurately communicate medical terminology including a patient's symptoms, as well as directions given by a physician or nurse related to treatment or medication. Due to the nature of the information exchanged, interpreters must be 21 years of age or older.

  • Accurate and appropriate interpretation and translation skills.
  • Ability to work as an effective member of a dedicated team of volunteers and staff.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations and age groups.
  • Sensitivity to and a clear understanding of patient confidentiality issues.

“Working at the clinic is the highlight of my week. I have retired from teaching after 40 years and I thought I would never find anything as rewarding as teaching- I was wrong. The staff at the clinic is wonderful and they make me feel so needed and appreciated. And the patients who thank us on a daily basis are extremely rewarding!”

Danbury Interpreter

Eligibility Screeners

Volunteer Requirements

One or two patient eligibility screeners staff each clinic session. Eligibility Screeners enter data on a one-page intake questionnaire for all new patients as well as periodic updates for returning patients. This intake questionnaire is used to determine a person's eligibility for our services. Screeners should be fluent in English/Spanish or English/Portuguese in Danbury. Due to the nature of the information exchanged, screeners must be 21 years of age or older.

  • Attention to detail and good communication skills needed.
  • Bilingual required, except Bridgeport location.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interface with people at all levels.

“By volunteering in a health clinic, I thought I could help those who might be nervous about going to see a doctor. At the Bridgeport clinic, where everyone greets the patients with a smile, I get a great deal of pleasure in the fact that a smile goes a long way to letting someone know you care.”

Bridgeport Eligibility Screener