April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month. At MERCI Clinic, there are over 225 active volunteers that need to be recognized and “appreciated.” These people give of their time and talent and we, the staff and patients, value each and every one of them. While the clinic wants to publicly acknowledge and thank the many volunteers during this special month, there will be an official dinner honoring the volunteers on June 13th at the Harrison Center of Christ Episcopal Church.
On any given Clinic day, one will find volunteers –
In the front office: patient check in, medication refill window, eligibility intake, referrals and translators
In the pharmacy: pharmacists, pharmacy techs, pill counters and intake volunteers for Pharmacy Assistance Program application completion
In the Medical clinic: doctors, dentists, certified nurse midwives, physicians assistants, nurse practitioners, psychologist, nurses, certified diabetes educators, LPN’s, medical assistants, lab techs, dental hygienists, dental assistants and student nurses
On Non Clinic days –
Data entry, administrative assistants, volunteer coordinator, telephone receptionists, special project volunteers, medical records request clerk, administrators who pull and ready charts for the next clinics, another administrative volunteer who sorts all incoming reports and gets them ready for each doctor to review, still another who takes the recycles to the recycle center, a lawn service that mows the lawn and trims the bushes, students who come to do assigned projects and/or tidy the outside of the clinic, IT people, board members, Mr. Honey Do who performs building maintenance including changing the light bulbs and HVAC filters
MERCI Clinic has always been a volunteer based non-profit organization. This clinic would cease to exist if there were not volunteers at every level of service delivery. When community members have visited MERCI for a tour and information, more than once, they have commented on their amazement at the number of volunteers staffing the clinic.
The clinic is always in need of more volunteers, especially pill counters in the pharmacy, front office help and lab workers. Do you have at least four hours twice a month that you can give of your time? MERCI Clinic could certainly use you. Apply online at www.merciclinic.org by filling out a volunteer application. You’ll be glad that you did.
P.S. Join MERCI Clinic staff and volunteers at Zaxby’s on Friday, May 6th from 5-8pm when 10% of all profits received during that time period will go to MERCI Clinic.