United for Health since 1999 has provided quality education, information, and accessibility to direct services for youth and adults to better their health and wellbeing. Our services include youth specific projects that incorporate peer counselors an... Read more
United for Health since 1999 has provided quality education, information, and accessibility to direct services for youth and adults to better their health and wellbeing. Our services include youth specific projects that incorporate peer counselors and educators to further motivate clients to seek help and get peer support simultaneously. All services are free to the young clients and confidential, eliminating any barriers to treatment.
The scope of our work at United for Health includes treatment for substance abuse, general health, nutrition, mental health symptoms such as depression, anxiety, ADD ,ADHD and bipolar conditions, anger management and self esteem issues.
The modalities of treatment are acupuncture, group and individual counseling sessions. Support groups involving professional health practitioners and peer educators take place on a weekly basis.
The acupuncture component consists of group treatments for chemical dependency, anxiety, depression and anger control. This is a 5 day a week activity to promote consistency and sobritty.
Hope is an incredibly kind and caring acupuncturist. I interned with Lifelong this summer and made it a point to help Hope clean up after walk-in acupuncture clinic every Tuesday through Thursday because it was always amazing to see the incredibly warm and welcoming community. People consistently come in for acupuncture for the community and great care, and it is incredible to get to know them (and Hope!) while helping out. It never felt like a chore, and it was a true honor to get to work with Hope. I am sad that my schedule doesn't allow me to volunteer with her during the school year, otherwise I certainly would. The next volunteer is very lucky to have the opportunity to work there!
I volunteered at the acupuncture detox clinic in order to fulfill a community service requirement for my school, but I stayed until well after my hours were finished because of how much I enjoyed helping out this cause. With the combination of acupuncture, professional counseling, a weekly walk-in doctor visit and a nutritious meal, the detox clinic provides the community with an accessible, drug-free approach to healing issues like chronic pain, substance abuse, and mental health symptoms. Hope, the woman who runs the clinic, has made a huge impact in the Berkeley community as a healer and a nutritionist, and as a supervisor she is just as encouraging as she is informative. The psychologist and the doctor are also extremely welcoming and are great people to talk to in regards to their professional field. This volunteer opportunity would be great for anyone interested in holistic healing, the psychology field, or pre-med.
I have been volunteering at United for Health's Acupuncture and Detox Clinic for the past 11 months. I really enjoy working here! It is very gratifying to work with some of the Bay Area's most underserved communities. I've made some great friends here and learned a lot about the efficacy of acupuncture. I highly recommend volunteering here!
This is an awesome organization and Hope is a great person to work with. United For Health is doing so many good things for the community, I'm honored to be volunteering at the Detox Clinic - the people who come in are constantly talking about how much Hope does for them and thanking me for being there. Volunteering at the Clinic is an easy 3 hours per day to help run a very much needed service for the homeless and low-income community... volunteer with United For Health in any context if you get the chance! It's good work, really enriching, worth giving time to.
I've volunteered with United for Health before and I can honestly say that it was a wonderful experience! I actually felt like I was making a difference and doing something good with my time. I've volunteered elsewhere as well, but a lot of other volunteer positions mostly include volunteers doing grunt work or just standing around not really doing anything. Boring! And definitely not helpful at all, for them or for you. If you're looking for a real experience, this is it!