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Volunteer Jorge Murillo is a child of Mexican immigrants, born and raised in Gilroy, CA. He moved to this area in 2019 for a fellowship in memory research at NIH. While at NIH, he decided he wanted to be a physician and especially one that cares and treats patients in communities like the one where he grew up. Jorge grew up visiting community health centers for his own medical care and understands how vulnerable populations have difficulty accessing health care. Places like Kaseman Health Clinic serve as a bridge between the vulnerable and quality health care. He has been proud to volunteer as a Spanish-English interpreter, serving as the linguistic and cultural bridge between clinician and patient.
Jorge's goal in volunteering at Kaseman Clinic was to make communication between patient and clinician more fluid and to observe how clinicians care for and treat diverse patients. Jorge recently expressed that he got much more out of volunteering as an interpreter than he had expected. He also learned how a clinic functions from observing administration work on daily tasks and assisting with paperwork, calling patients, and helping to set up the initial COVID-19 mobile testing site the Clinic offered. This additional experience served as good insight as his long term goals include the possibility of his own private medical practice or community clinic.
Thank you, Jorge, for volunteering with Reach's Kaseman Health Clinic!
SPECIAL PROJECT: Help complete our procedures manual by taking on a section to interview staff members and write text. Editing and format will be completed by project lead. Areas that are incomplete: Senior Reach, Housing, Development, Clinic, Deputy Director, Executive Director.
ONGOING: Serve on a Committee (Development, Finance, Governance, Faith Advisory, Gala event). Specialists - or those who want to learn – event-planning and social media, graphic art, customer service, fundraising, and other skills.
FOR THE HOLIDAYS: In November and December, help Reach staff make calls to clients and donors. Organize and record donations, wrap gifts. With your network, plan a food drive, build and deliver food baskets, or plan a toy or gift card drive. On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the Thursday and Saturday before Christmas, with lots of volunteers, help clients pick up food baskets, choose gifts for their children, wrap the gifts they chose. Volunteer at our Client Holiday Party and help serve food, supervise arts and crafts, do face painting. More information on Holiday Giving Program.
Mansfield Kaseman Health Clinic
Through December 19, 2020, help with our Friday or Saturday free drive-up COVID testing. For more information, contact Clinic Manager Carmen Lezama at CLezama@CMRocks.org
Provide clear communication between our patients and medical providers by serving as a translator. Most needed are Spanish/ English speakers. Volunteers must be over 18 years old and be able to work a three to four hour shift, at least twice a month.
Serve as a part-time office assistant. Bi-lingual Spanish/English speakers especially encouraged to serve in this capacity. Answer phones, file, basic data entry.
Medical professionals who are licensed in the State of Maryland in the following areas to provide a few hours each month to see patients:
Primary Care, Nurses and Medical Assistants
Cardiology (for consultation and reading of EKG’s)
Ophthalmology (priority is retinal exams for diabetic patients)
Other medical specialties
Donate cleaning supplies or paper products: Most in need: Tall Kitchen Trash Bags, Small Trash Bags, C-Fold Paper Towels (#2 Box), Rolls of Paper Towels, Antibacterial Hand Soap, Hand Sanitizer, Scouring Powder, Facial Tissue, Toilet Paper, Disinfecting Wipes, Windex, Bleach, Pinesol, Dish Washing Liquid, and Bottled Water.
More information about MKHC.
Rockville Emergency Assistance Program (REAP)
Serve as an intake coordinator for the same four hour shift each week. M-F, 9am - 1pm or 1pm - 5pm at our office at Mansfield Kaseman Health Clinic. Interview clients, assess their needs and make referrals for services. Assist with financial assistance as well. Training is provided. Must be available for at least six months and be age 18 years or older.
DURING COVID: no six month requirement for availability, and work can bne done virtually. For virtual volunteering, tasks include checking REAP voicemail hourly during a shift and returning calls. Collect general information from potential clients and provide basic information, possibly including providing referrals, and offering contact and information for organizations that provide additional safety net services.
Organize a drive for Smarttrip Metro cards, Uber trips, grocery or pharmacy gift cards.
More information about REAP.
Senior Reach Program
Be a Friendly Caller by making weekly phone calls to one or more senior clients. Confirm home care services went well, check on client’s well-being, and provide a friendly voice. Bilingual volunteers encouraged to apply.
Visit a Senior Reach Program client. Make twice-monthly or monthly visits for conversation, activities, to take shopping or similar social interaction. Background check will be performed for this position.
Provide lawn care during the growing season with grass cutting, pruning, leaf collection, gardening, etc. Perfect opportunity for a group.
Provide occasional transportation as requested by our client.
Assist as requests come in with tasks such as organizing and downsizing with a client, performing simple handyman jobs, setting up technology and teaching basics, and other unusual asks.
More information about Senior Reach.
Present a workshop about nutrition, budgeting, resume writing, basic handyman skills, negotiation, or researching resources. Suggest a workshop that would teach a life skill or something that might be of interest to 5 women and/or 6 men. Let us know what skills you would like to share.
Donate Supplies like cleaning products for windows, floors, tub, tile and toilet, bleach, dish soap, dishwasher detergent, and laundry detergent. Kitchen trash bags, hand soap, hand sanitizer, toilet tissue, facial tissue, paper towels, and sponges are also appreciated.
More information about Reach's Housing Program.
Language Outreach Program (LOP)
Help teachers with large classes as a Teacher's Assistant. Provide assistance to individual students, lead small group activities, assist with correct pronunciation, and more. Must be 18 years or older, training provided.
Volunteer with school-age children, (Tutor) by helping with homework and other educational activities, serving snacks at times. Child care staff person is always in the room as well and will determine appropriate activities. Must be 14 years or older; approved for SSL hours.
Volunteer with younger children, (Childcare) by speaking English with children
0 - 5 years old. Help staff keep the children entertained, serve snacks at times. Child care staff person is always in the room as well and will determine appropriate activities. Must be 14 years or older; approved for SSL hours.
More information about LOP.
Call families who are referred to us in the weeks before Holiday Giving distribution to confirm they have distribution information, and our information about family members is correct. Must be 18 years or older, bilingual strongly encouraged to apply.
Create and organize a group project to purchase and stuff holiday dinner baskets, and deliver to Reach a few days before distribution.
Help us organize donations, and reach out to potential donors to confirm their commitment to supporting our clients.
For the 2020 season, most volunteer tasks and client assistance will be outside. Check clients' registration at their cars, deliver meals to their car trunks or seats, help parents "shop" for gifts under tents or in a large room with open windows, restock toys, and more. Due to social distancing requirements, volunteer opportunities are limited to those 16 years and older. SSL hours available.
CANCELLED FOR 2020 Organize and gift wrap toys.
CANCELLED FOR 2020 Volunteer at our Client Holiday Party, helping with dinner service, at the arts-&-crafts tables, face-painting, playing Santa's helpers, and much more. Volunteers 13 - 15 years old welcome when accompanied with an adult volunteer. Volunteers 16 years + on their own.
More information about Holiday Giving.
One Time Opportunities
Opportunities are listed in our emailed monthly newsletter and quarterly volunteer update as the events approach.
Opportunities that occur every year include selling tickets at the Taste of Rockville at Hometown Holidays (Memorial Day weekend), and filling many needs at the Annual Gala (Spring) or MKHC fundraiser (Fall).
Opportunities for Groups are available - contact Info@CMRocks.org to discuss the goals of your group and what Reach or program needs will match.