Volunteer FAQs

How do I start volunteering?
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Venice Family Clinic! Please review the different volunteer opportunities we have to offer and the application process (varies by volunteer-type).

What are the minimum requirements to become a volunteer?
We require volunteers to commit to volunteer with us for at least 12 hours/month for at least 6 months. You may serve more than 12 hours/month depending on the Clinic’s schedule needs. Most of our opportunities are limited to 18 years and older, though we have some limited opportunities for people 14+ years.

When can I volunteer?
Most of our opportunities are limited to normal business hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. We ask volunteers to commit to a regularly scheduled shift each week. For example, a volunteer can be scheduled for every Monday from 9am-12pm.

Can patients volunteer at the Clinic?
Yes! Current patients are welcome to volunteer in any available position we have to offer at Venice Family Clinic.

What documents and forms are required to volunteer?

  • Online Application
  • HIPAA Certificate
  • Immunization History:
    • Medical documentation of TWO MMR vaccinations OR Medical documentation of ONE BLOOD TITER indicating immunity to MMR
    • Medical documentation of a negative TB skin test completed within the last 12 months OR a negative TB chest x-ray completed within the 3 years

For more detailed information regarding our immunization requirements, please see our TB/MMR Guidelines.

For medical providers, you will need to submit information about your credentials and license/certification (see provider application process).

Where is the Online Application?
For all General Volunteers, the link to the Online Application will be email to applicants after they attend the Info Session.

For all Volunteer Medical Providers, the Online Application is the first step in the provider application process.

How do I get a HIPAA Certificate?
You can complete the HIPAA training online via this link.

What if I submitted a HIPAA Certificate to another branch of UCLA?
We require all volunteers to submit a copy of their HIPAA Certificate to Venice Family Clinic’s Volunteer Department. If you lost your certificate, you are welcome to retake the training in order to get new one to submit to VFC.

Which positions provide direct patient interactions?
Clinic Assistants, Dental Assistants, Optometry Assistants, Dispensary Assistants, Volunteer Providers, Registered Nurses, Lab Technicians, Children’s Play Area, and Translators.

What is the dress code? (Applies to all staff and volunteers, however, exceptions for religious practice may be made)

General Appearance:

  • Employees must wear their UCLA ID badge at all times on the upper third of their body
  • Shoes must be professional, clean, have closed toes and not present a safety hazard
  • Hair must be clean and neat. For clinical staff, hair longer than shoulder length must be held back off the face
  • Beards, goatees and mustaches are acceptable if trimmed and well kept
  • Fingernails must be clean, groomed and moderate in color and length. Artificial nails, tips and/or fillers are not permitted by those providing direct care to the patient, including where food is prepared
  • Body tattoos and body piercing should be discreet, professional and not pose a safety hazard
  • Jewelry must look professional and not interfere with safety or performing assigned functions
  • Employees are expected to maintain good personal hygiene such that body odor, smoke or other odors are not detectable
  • Fragrances or use of scented products should be used conservatively and in a manner that is considerate of our patients, co-workers, customers and visitors and may be prohibited where they may have an adverse effect on patients or other staff members

Attire should be professional, business-appropriate and should not include the following:

  • Shorts, athletic/exercise attire
  • Hats, caps, or other material on the head or neck except as medically necessary for specific clinical staff. Exceptions to this rule may be permitted on a case-by-case basis for religious purposes
  • Tight shirts and tank tops worn as an outer garment
  • Additionally, attire must not expose backs, midriff, shoulders, undergarments or cleavage
  • Patient care staff members may wear scrubs which are expected to be properly laundered and pressed
  • Providers may wear white lab-style coats which are expected to be properly laundered and pressed

How do I log my hours?
VFC secures grants and tax breaks due to the service hours contributed by our volunteers. As much as possible, please use the electronic timeclock to document your hours. This way, your service history will be up-to-date and available for viewing online. If the timeclock is not functioning, please defer to the paper timesheets. For more detailed information and photos of this process, please click here: How to Sign In

How can I get a letter of recommendation?
You must have at least 100 hours and 6 months of documented volunteer service in order to request a Letter of Recommendation (LOR). We ask that you submit a LOR request at least 5-6 weeks in advance, which should include a resume, cover letter, postage (if needed), and any necessary instructions on how to submit the recommendation (whether the letter must be in a sealed envelope, persons the letter should be addressed to, physical address, web address, etc). Also, include the names of any staff members that might want to contribute some information to your LOR based on their experience working alongside you during your time as a volunteer with VFC.  Please note that though we are truly appreciative of all the support volunteers provide, we may not be able to accommodate all LOR requests. 

How can I view my service history?
You can view your service history at any time by logging into Volgitics. Click here for more details.

How can I get proof of my service hours?
We are in the process of transitioning to Volgistcs, an online software that enables volunteers to log-in from home to check their volunteer schedule and hours! If you need proof of hours before the transition is completed or a more official documentation of your hours, please contact us at VFCvolunteer@mednet.ucla.edu at least two weeks in advance. Verification letters are only available to volunteers that have completed the 6 month minimum requirement of service.

Do you offer short-term or group projects?
Yes. Please click here for more information.

Why are some positions waitlisted or unavailable?
Availability fluctuates based on the Clinic’s needs. However, some positions are waitlisted or currently unavailable, there are always opportunities to contribute to the Clinic. We encourage volunteers to sign-up for currently open opportunities in order to gain a broader scope of the Clinic’s needs and functions.

How to I become a Clinic Assistant?
We no longer keep a waitlist for the Clinic Assistant role. We accept and train Clinic Assistant volunteers based on the Clinic’s needs, with recruitment typically occurring in the Spring and Fall. Priority is given to individuals that have volunteered with the Clinic in other roles on a weekly basis for at least 6 months and have demonstrated outstanding attendance, communication skills, and commitment to the program.

What if I need to take an extended leave from volunteering with Venice Family Clinic?
Inactivity for three months (or 90 days) will automatically deactivate your status. You must re-apply to join the program again.

What if I am not available for 6 months of service (ex. volunteers that are only available over the Summer)?
Due to the amount of training and time that is invested in each new volunteer, most volunteer opportunities require at least a 6 month commitment. Some short-term opportunities may be available.  For these instances, volunteers will be considered on a case-by-case basis and placed into role as needed by the Clinic.

 

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