Flexibility: Medium
Social Engagement:  High
What’s What: Clínica Esperanza/Hope Clinic was founded in 2007 by a group of medical volunteers. Initially, they operated out of the basements and meeting spaces of local churches and community service organizations. Now, they are a major free clinic providing care to those who need it most.
Amava Take: Clínica Esperanza/Hope Clinic offers primary medical care to uninsured Rhode Islanders, with an emphasis on culturally accustomed and linguistically appropriate care. In addition, their focus is on prevention and health maintenance, giving patients the tools they need to improve their quality of life in the long-term. They have 12 core staff members and leverage the help of over 300 medical and non medical volunteers.  Clínica Esperanza/Hope Clinic needs volunteer interpreters, covid testing volunteers, front desk volunteers and provider volunteers. Find your place in a hopeful place!
Questions and Answers
What do interpreter volunteers do?
These Spanish-speaking volunteers act as a bridge for communication between providers and patients. Duties may include assisting staff at the front desk and answering phone calls between appointments with providers, but generally our interpreters work with the provider for that day.  
What are the hours and details for Covid testing volunteers?
The hours of testing are Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 4-8pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-2pm and Saturdays from 2-5pm. 
The Clinic is open to see patients on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 9am-4pm,  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-9pm and Saturdays 8am-1pm. 
PPE is provided for all volunteers, who are trained on site. Medical experience is recommended but not required.
What are the details regarding front desk volunteers?
Spanish speakers are preferred. These volunteers check patients in at the front desk, clean the lobby hourly to maintain clean COVID-free environment, take vital signs for each patient and ask a brief series of questions before the appointment to review medications and medical/social history.
What about provider volunteers?
Provider volunteers see patients for mainly primary care and preventative health check-ins. All patients are over the age of 18, so specialties for that population are especially needed.
Special Requirements: Spanish speakers are preferred for some of these opportunities and medical experience is recommended for others, but if you have questions, ask via the email below.Clínica Esperanza- Hope Clinic is a friendly place and will help you find the right fit.
Setting it Up: If you’re ready, email vcoordinator@placetobehealthy.org and put the name of the opportunity that interests you in the subject line.