New! Read our profile of longtime Clinic volunteer Sheri Overton!
Your gift of time helps People's Community Clinic provide healthcare services to underserved workers and their families in Central Texas. Most patients are low-income working singles or families without healthcare insurance.
Volunteer opportunities vary based upon the needs of the clinic and the expertise of the volunteer. People's Community Clinic has an on-going need for volunteers in specific areas of the clinic. Listed below are brief descriptions of typical tasks for which we use volunteers on an ongoing basis. We also accept professional health providers with appropriate credentialing as volunteers; please contact Abby Williamson for more information about this type of volunteering.
We are currently seeking volunteers in the following areas:
Child Care Assistant for Evening Prenatal Education Classes
The clinic is looking for volunteers interested in providing childcare (in a group setting) during Pre-natal Education Classes held at the clinic. Volunteer duties include facilitating activities with children ages 3-12, helping each child find a game or toy that will keep them busy, and serving food to the children. An activity plan, games, toys and food will be provided by clinic staff. Interested volunteers should be mature, flexible, child-friendly, and energetic. As the prenatal class is taught in Spanish, childcare volunteers should have at least basic knowledge of Spanish. Prenatal classes are offered throughout the year, with the next four-part series occurring on August 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Immunizations Department Data Entry
The Immunizations program ensures all the clinic's patients are up-to-date on their immunizations. It takes a lot of data entry to ensure patients receive the shots they need at the times they need them. A data entry volunteer enters information into a computer about the shots each patient receives and ensures accuracy. Hours of availability are flexible, but generally Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Immunizations Reminder Postcard Writer
Our Immunizations Department needs someone about 2 hours a week to write addresses on the cards that we send to remind parents of the child's next immunization. Neat penmanship is a must! Hours of availability are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Reach Out and Read Program Volunteer
Reach Out and Read is a clinic-based pediatric literacy program in which medical providers give guidance to parents about the importance of reading to their young children at each well child visit. As part of the visit, the child receives an age-appropriate book. The program volunteer manages book distribution including tracking and book labeling. Hours of availability are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Waiting Room Storytime Reader
The Storytime initiative is based on the success of our pilot program with the Austin Public Library featuring ongoing Storytime in the clinic waiting room. This position requires a desire to be the center of attention, comfort with young children (ages 1-8) and a willingness to be theatrical in 30 minute spurts. This position has wide availability: Mon-Thurs, 9 a.m. to noon, 1-7 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 - 4 pm.
All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and willing to commit to two hours per week for at least four months. Depending on their level of interaction with patients, volunteers will be required to show proof of up-to-date immunizations, including measles, mumps and rubella, Tdap, varicella (chicken pox) and tuberculosis. Volunteers are also required to attend a brief interview/orientation and submit to a criminal background check. For reasons of patient privacy and lack of space, we do not typically accept requests to shadow doctors.
Please know that we receive more requests to volunteer than we can fill. Volunteers who demonstrate commitment to the clinic's mission will receive priority consideration.Volunteer Today!
Contact Abby Williamson, Resource Development Associate, at (512) 708-3156 or .
You may download the application as a PDF or a Word document, however please contact Abby Williamson to discuss volunteer openings before submitting as we may not have openings at the immediate time of your interest.
Strength in Numbers: Clinic Volunteer Sheri Overton
Volunteer Sheri Overton knows firsthand that there is strength in numbers. Sheri has contributed much to the Clinic by volunteering regularly since 2006, but perhaps her greatest contribution is that she motivates so many fellow First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin's (FUUCA) members to become involved with PCC alongside her. When FUUCA chose People's Community Clinic as a church-wide social action project, Sheri signed on to promote and coordinate the project.
The partnership between FUUCA and the Clinic is a perfect fit for church members because of the church's emphasis on social change, service in action and inclusiveness. At last count, at least seventy five church members have volunteered time with People's since the partnership began in 2006. Many more have contributed financially through the church's "Split-the-Plate" donation program that supports area non-profit organizations. Church members have contributed thousands of crucial funds to PCC through this program.
FUUCA members like Sheri are involved in a wide variety of Clinic efforts. They prepare hundreds of prenatal and family planning education packets for patients each month. They have staffed the Back-to-School immunization clinic and volunteered for fundraising events. They have gathered baby supplies for new mothers, and have donated items to our Season for Caring efforts. FUUCA member involvement includes young people, too: youth involved with the Church's Campfire Club regularly collect used children's books for the Clinic's waiting room.
This diversity of opportunities is intentional: Sheri works closely with clinic staff to find volunteer activities requiring varying skills and types of involvement so people with diverse schedules and interests can contribute as they would like. Many opportunities are group activities - even the most repetitive task can be made fun and fulfilling through conversation and company with others.
In her organizing role, Sheri ensures church members know about upcoming volunteer needs through their monthly newsletter, Sunday service bulletins, and email messages. She also makes sure members feel welcomed and encouraged to join in.
Sheri is motivated to find ways everyone can serve. Sheri says, "People want to help-it feeds your soul-but they have to do it within the constraints of the many demands on their own lives. Part of my job is finding a wide variety of opportunities to help PCC so that our members can find their own way of helping that matches their talents and other demands on their lives." Sometimes that means Sheri looks for tasks that can be done sitting down in order to accommodate a church member with difficulty standing. Other times she ensures that a Spanish speaking volunteer is put in a direct-service position where their skill will be most put to use.
Sheri was drawn to the work of People's Community Clinic because of its service to those in our community for whom the healthcare system does not work. She and her adult son are both disabled with muscular dystrophy, and Sheri has spent many years advocating for the health and educational services her son needs. Something she's learned from that experience is that "our health care system just doesn't work for people with the most need or with fewer resources...when I learned that PCC provided services to those for whom the system was essentially broken, I thought it might be a good fit for me..."
Having retired as a professor of special education in Oklahoma, Sheri's flexible schedule allows her to do several things she loves: traveling to visit family and friends, and camping throughout the U.S. She moved to Wimberly from Oklahoma four years ago and enjoys birding and gardening at her country home.
PCC is thrilled to have energetic, committed volunteers like Sheri. Sheri's capacity-building approach to service has several special benefits to the clinic. Volunteers in groups can tackle some of the more daunting but critical tasks that Clinic staff are hard-pressed to find time to accomplish while enjoying one another's company. Dozens of people are now supporting People's Community Clinic where before there was one. Thank you, Sheri, for your service and for motivating and organizing others to become involved with People's Community Clinic.