Urgent need: Spanish translator for Community Care

                Do you have some time? Do you have a talent? Volunteering is one way you can become part of the ministry of our church. The church’s website lists volunteer opportunities at the agencies in our community that help those in need.

                Each week, we will feature one of the agencies. Today’s is Community Care:

                There is an urgent need now for a Spanish Translator – A number of the clinic’s patients speak Spanish as their primary language.  Volunteers are used to help patients fill out clinic forms and translate for the patients, when needed, during treatment. Requirements:  Volunteers must be able to speak, read and write both English and Spanish and be able to help Hispanic patients communicate with other clinic staff.  No formal training is required.  The clinic will assist in learning medical terminology. The clinic is open 4-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact Sandy Fleming at the clinic, 828-526-1991, masterworksvf@aol.com or Andrea Smith at the International Friendship Center, 828-586-0890, centrodeamigos@nctv.com

Other volunteer opportunities with Community Care:

Primary Care Physicians and mid-level Providers – Provide direct patient care to individuals from birth to age 64.  Medical conditions range from episodic acute medical problems to ongoing chronic diseases.  Services include direct diagnoses, ordering of diagnostic testing and treatment, dispensing of medications via samples and prescriptions and referral to medical specialists. Requirements:  Provider must have a current active or limited license to practice medicine in the state of North Carolina.  Physicians must have a primary care specialty including, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Gynecology or Pediatrics.  Mid-level providers must have active experience in primary medicine and have a supervising physician.

Nursing/Clinical Volunteers – Provide clinical services to patients including intake (BP, Temp., Height, and Weight), limited testing (finger stick glucose, dip stick urine, and pregnancy testing), and assisting the providers during patient treatment. Requirements:  Individuals must have practical skills necessary to provide the services listed.  Individuals may have formal training such as RNs, LPNs, MAs, or other clinical experience. Active licensure as an RN or LPN is not required.


Medical Records Clerks – The clinic currently utilizes a paper medical record and captures certain patient data on a computer program.  Volunteers assist with chart development and adding forms to records after patient visits. In addition, volunteers do data entry into the Clinic’s computer program. The clinic will be expanding the use of computerized records and expanding statistical data collection. Requirements:  Familiarity with medical terminology is required.  No formal training is required and the clinic will train the volunteer.  Work is done during the day, not on clinic nights.



Clerical and Administrative Volunteers – The clinic utilizes a number of volunteers to assist with the clerical and administrative functions of the clinic.  Volunteers in this category will assist patients in the intake process at the clinic’s front desk/reception. Volunteers will assist the clinic staff with other clerical tasks both during the clinic and between clinics such as typing, filing, phone calls, etc.  There are also opportunities to develop and participate in research projects related to the clinic’s patient care activities. Requirements:  Volunteers must possess a positive attitude, be interested in helping others and maintain strict confidentiality regarding patient medical information.  No formal training is required.  The clinic will provide volunteer orientation and training for all individuals.


ALL VOLUNTEERS – The clinic provides a mandatory orientation and training program for all volunteers.  Medical volunteers receive an orientation by the Medical Director and Clinic Director.  Most volunteers agree to provide services once per month.  Individual scheduling is done by the volunteer.  Clinic volunteers can either be full time or part time residents.

Clinic times: 4-8 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday
Location: 52 Aunt Dora Dr. (One-half mile off U.S.64 on Buck Creek Road)


Contact: Jerry Hermanson, 526-1991, Jhceo@aol.com


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