Become A Volunteer
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at our clinic. You can contribute fully, with or without a medical background. Our organization is funded by generous donations and relies on many volunteers every day. Volunteers In Medicine is proud to be a medical safety net for our community and provide quality medical care to the under-served/low-income adults of Lane County. We pride ourselves on being community helpers. To do that, much compassion and many hands are needed: Doctors, Nurses, CNAs, Filing Clerks, Receptionists and more.
No matter your interest, VIM has a place for you among the more than 500 individuals who contribute their services and expertise.
To apply, please fill out the following application. A member of our clinic will contact you shortly.
Why volunteer at VIM?
The relief and the joy our volunteers bring to our patients is felt at VIM; our volunteers are changing lives for the better every day. Some of our patients have been living with medical conditions that worsen over time, resulting in long-term pain, discomfort and a feeling of hopelessness. VIM volunteers help alleviate these issues, allowing our patients to live healthier, happier and more productive lives.
The gift of your time and expertise is one of the most important ways that you can help your community. The work we do at Volunteers In Medicine is incredibly rewarding; take a look at our patient stories or learn more about us and you’ll understand how important our clinic is to the Lane County residents.
What type of experience and/or license is required?
Training is provided for all positions. Pharmacists, physicians and nurses must provide current Oregon licenses (active or emeritus).
I have a medical background, how can I help at VIM?
The core function of Volunteers In Medicine Clinic is to provide quality health care to low-income, underserved Lane County residents in need. This requires a range of medical professionals in a variety of specialties from primary care to women’s health, behavioral health, pharmacy, and more. If you have a background in medicine, you may be a great fit for one or more of the following volunteer positions:
- Physicians, Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant
- Behavioral Health Counselor
- Pharmacy Lead
- Medical Office Assistant
- Certified Medical Assistant
I don’t have a medical background, what role can I fill as a volunteer?
While the primary goal of Volunteers In Medicine is to provide medical care, it takes administrative support to make that happen. Whatever your skill set or prior experience, there may be a current need for you among the volunteers at VIM. Experience in the health care industry is a plus, but not always required. If you don’t have a medical background, you might enjoy volunteering in one of the following positions:
- Eligibility Screener
- Medical Records
- Spanish Interpreter
- Clerical Assistant
- Fundraising and Special Events
How much time do I need to commit?
We understand that your time is a gift and that everyone has different needs regarding their time. VIM has different shifts and projects that work with your busy schedule. Some examples include:
- Clinic shifts of 3.5 hours per shift
- Special Events which vary between 2 to 4 hour shifts
- Special one-time projects that can be as short as one hour
Medical Internship At Volunteers In Medicine
Volunteers In Medicine maintains relationships with several universities in the region, including the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and Pacific University, providing a location where graduate students in psychology, pharmacy, and social work gain experience with oversight by certified, licensed professionals in their fields in a clinical setting. The benefits to our patients, VIM, and the community are many.
To apply for an internship at VIM, contact Julie Arendt at 458-205-6364. She will set up an appointment with you to explore options.
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