“I love the collaborative spirit and the community-oriented nature of Clinic by the Bay.  I’m gratified to be able to contribute my skills to the clinic, to help out the people right around me.”

Ali became a volunteer at Clinic by the Bay in San Francisco, CA, after attending their very first volunteer orientation training in September 2009. She continues to volunteer every Monday as an eligibility screener, with the support and encouragement of her employer. “I really enjoy the in-person interviews of eligibility screening, she says. “I’m able to talk to individuals about important, private matters.  Plus I can guide them to other resources they may need.”

Ali brings her valuable Spanish-speaking skills to her volunteer work. She earned a degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies at Smith College, and spent one year studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Reflecting on her volunteer experience at Clinic by the Bay, she said “When I get to connect with a patient in their own language, bridging that gap, you can see the ease on their face.”

One of Ali’s most memorable moments occurred during an eligibility screening that she did with a Spanish-speaking woman who walked into our clinic for the first time. Clinic by the Bay proved to be a perfect fit for this woman who had recently lost her job. Ali said, “We couldn’t have made her feel more comfortable in her moment of need, when she truly needed good quality health care and didn’t know where else to go.”

As a volunteer, Ali knows how well our clinic meets the needs of the community.  She said, “Clinic by the Bay is so much more than a primary care clinic. It’s a place for people to get help in whatever way they need it. The clinic’s strong partnerships across San Francisco and San Mateo counties mean that our patients are fortunate to have an extended network of care and resources available to them.”

Visit Physicians and Medical Volunteers and Non-Medical Volunteers to learn more about volunteer options with Volunteers in Medicine.


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November 12, 2012