Clara's House offers various types of volunteer opportunities, some short-term, most longer-term. A few activities are limited to the task, and can end when the task ends, although there are generally other opportunities available. Most activities require training at the clinic, e.g., on use of the patient records software and paper records and forms. An ability to use Spanish is a big plus for volunteers working directly with patients. However, translators are often available, and can be organized to be available for appointments with patients.
For volunteers working with patients and/or patient records, regular participation is important to maintain familiarity with the practice. At least half a day (4 hours) once a week is required for volunteer jobs that require scheduling, to make the time for training worthwhile, and to maintain familiarity with the clinic process. A number of volunteers work one full day a week or more. Of course, volunteers can take off for personal needs when necessary.
Types of volunteers needed
Health professionals, current or retired - counselors, dietitians, nurses, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, phlebotomists, physical therapists, physician assistants, physicians, respiratory therapists, social workers, and others.
Volunteers to work at the front desk, greeting patients, making appointments, and a myriad of other activities.
Volunteers to help patients with applications for assistance, outside medical billing issues, mammogram referrals, and other connections for patients between the clinic and outside the clinic.
We can also use assistance with organizing files, and many other activities.
Basically, whatever your interest and expertise, we would very much appreciate your help!
How To become a volunteer
Meet the Requirements
Scheduled staff needs to be able to commit to at least 4 hours/week for at least 6 months (100 hours).
Basic computer skills are necessary.
Spanish skills are highly preferred.
We also have a variety of Special Projects for volunteers with short term or limited time commitments.
Schedule a pre-interview
Email Kathy at with your phone number to schedule a pre-interview
Kathy will call you back for a pre-interview before you move on to the volunteer application.
Download the Volunteer Application
Please complete the appropriate Volunteer Application. There are separate applications for general volunteers and health care provider volunteers.
Complete the Health Check and TB Test
We also require a physician-completed health form. The health form and current TB skin test (within the last 3 months) are required before beginning clinic training.
If you need a health checkup and do not have a medical provider, the St. Vincent de Paul Clinic in Roseville will complete the health form for you. If you are a student, the campus health center often will complete the form for you.
Submit your forms
Please submit your completed volunteer application with your completed health check. You can drop off forms at the clinic, or fax to the clinic at (916) 266-9320, or email to .
Attend an Orientation
General orientation is on the second Tuesday of the month at 10 am-12 pm at the clinic. All volunteer staff are required to attend one orientation. Please complete all your forms and call to schedule attendance date: (916) 448-3976. We don't accept drop-ins to the orientation.
Front desk and clinic staff are required to attend additional front desk training sessions with a mentor as well as Basic Computer and Practice Fusion classes. Afterwards, clinic staff will also be scheduled for additional training with a health care provider.
Make a Difference
Once you’ve completed the application and training process we will set you up with your volunteer assignment and a schedule for when to come in. We are so grateful that you have offered your time and talent. The key to our success rests in people like you. We look forward to having you on our staff of volunteers.