Venice Family Clinic’s heritage is built on a strong foundation of volunteers. We offer a variety of opportunities to get involved in nearly every aspect of the Clinic’s operations, including medical practice, social services, administration, and fundraising. We actively match the interests and experience of our volunteers with the Clinic’s needs. If you want to help, we have something for you to do.
We need volunteers from all medical fields, including, but not limited to Physicians, Specialists, Dentists, Pharmacists, Psychiatrists, and Registered Dietitians. We are open Monday-Friday mornings, afternoons, and evenings with locations throughout the Westside of Los Angeles. Some providers volunteer once a week, while others come once a month. We schedule according to your availability and as space allows.
Please complete a Volunteer Provider Application to get started.Provider Application
Venice Family Clinic offers many different volunteer roles across 12 sites. To learn more about the Clinic, the work that we do, and how you can help support patients in need, you must attend a Volunteer Information Session. For these clinical and administrative roles, we ask volunteers to commit to a regular weekly schedule. The minimum commitment is 4 shifts per month for at least 6 months.
Click below to RSVP to an upcoming Volunteer Information Session.RSVP Here
If you are unable to commit to a regularly scheduled shift with Venice Family Clinic, volunteering for our one-time events or projects might be ideal for you. Events include our Children’s Holiday Movie (volunteers needed in November and early December), Venice Art Walk & Auction (volunteers needed in May), and various community events throughout the year. Projects could also include hosting your own fundraiser or drive (books, clothing, or supplies) on behalf of the Clinic.
Email VFCvolunteer@mednet.ucla.edu for more information. Please include who you are (individual or group) and how you’d like to get involved.
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.
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.
The first step to volunteering is signing up for a general information session. From here you will schedule a registration day interview, in which you will meet with a member of volunteer services. Following your interview we will place you in a volunteer role and get you started in the clinic. This entire process can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks.
We accept and train Clinic Assistant volunteers based on the Clinic’s needs, with recruitment typically occurring quarterly. The requirement to become a Clinic Assistant is having volunteered for 6 months and 60 hours. Priority is given to volunteers who have demonstrated outstanding attendance, communication skills, and commitment to the program.
John Mafi M.D. is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA John has volunteered at Venice Family Clinic since 2014 as a permanent attending supervising UCLA medical residents in primary internal medicine.
“My favorite part of my job is to work here at Venice Family Clinic caring for under-insured and uninsured patients. I am honored to be able to help. It is fulfilling to help make a difference with patients who struggle with four jobs, trying to fit in their diabetes medicine, diet and exercise. It is important for residents to meet these people and understand how hard they have it. When friends or family who do not have insurance ask for a referral, I always send them to Venice Family Clinic, because I know that they will get good care.”
Michael Margolis is a Lead Clinical Assistant and has been volunteering for two years while he completes his degree in Computational and Systems Biology at UCLA. After graduation, he will be attending the David Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles.
“Venice Family Clinic has not only provided me with the foundational skills I need to succeed in a clinical setting, but also the ability to connect with a patient and build rapport. The people working at the Clinic have shown me what it means to be a humble and outstanding physician.”
Chloe Purgason volunteered with the Clinic for three years as a Clinic Assistant before she was accepted into UC Irvine’s Master’s Entry Level Program in Nursing.
“I loved volunteering at Venice Family Clinic because I learned how to interact and provide care to a diverse patient population. Volunteering as a Clinic Assistant taught me that every person deserves access to quality health care, and that care providers must address a wide range of needs to help patients achieve their best health.”