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History Founded in 1970 in a borrowed storefront dental office, the Clinic has grown into the largest free clinic in the nation. Founder Phillip Rossman, MD, and co-founder Mayer B. Davidson, MD, called upon friends and colleagues to help. That spirit of volunteerism prevails today with nearly 1,900 volunteers and $10.5 million in-kind contributions from hospitals, laboratories, specialty-care providers and pharmaceutical companies.
Programs and Services The Clinic provides comprehensive primary health care, mental health services, health education and child development services, as well as public insurance enrollment to more than 21,000 patients, including approximately 5,500 children, who make over 116,000 visits. Prescription medicines are provided at no charge.
Patients Patients, most of whom live and work in the Westside neighborhoods of Venice, Mar Vista, Santa Monica, Culver City, and Inglewood, are low income and lack private health insurance. Sixteen percent of the Clinic's patients are homeless.
Venice Family Clinic is certainly a place for both professional and good behavioral development. I have learned a lot from this clinic, great place to serve. The volunteer department here, helped me uplift my career, knowledge and trained me as a Medical Scribe, even though I volunteered as a health care navigator. It's one of the best clinic delivering medical services to homeless people. I'm really happy to be a part of this clinic!
If you enjoy patient interaction and have a passion for helping under-served populations, then you will definitely love volunteering as a clinic assistant at VFC. It is an opportunity to have hands-on patient experience in a clinical setting, as well as assisting in pharmacy, dentistry, and more! Most of all, the staff are very friendly and are willing to teach you.
If you're prehealth or thinking about going into a health field, this is a good place to volunteer. Being a clinic assistant, I've been able to work closely with the medical staff--medical assistants, nurses, residents, and staff providers alike--with working up patients and getting everything in order for their time with the doctor. If you can get one of the spots you'll really be able to get your hands dirty and learn how everything functions in a clinic setting. I can't vouch for the other areas as much as I haven't worked in them, but overall you'll see that everyone here cares about the people they're treating. The people in the volunteer department are also very helpful--let them know what your interests are and I'm sure you'll find something you like.
One tip for those who will with patients: during most weeks, maybe half of the patients I've worked with speak primarily Spanish, so it's very helpful to know even the basics!
by Ingrid T. from Venice, CA
The Venice Family Clinic is a wonderful organization that has many opportunities for volunteers. Volunteers are valued, appreciated and offered multiple opportunities to serve their communty.
Volunteers are the cornerstone of the Venice Family Clinic. Because of volunteer support, the Venice Family Clinic can provide necessary medical services to people in need. The Venice Family Clinic offers a warm, friendly and fun atmosphere for all volunteers.