Free Clinic: Those Who Care for Those in Need of Care

The Free Clinic has a multitude of volunteer opportunities, from helping out at the Beacon House shelter or cooking an evening meal.

St. Petersburg Free Clinic has a place for everyone: those who need of care and those who care.

For more than 40 years the Free Clinic has provided temporary assistance to those in need in St. Petersburg and Pinellas County.

The help is not just in the form of health care, as the name suggests. But anyone who has trouble meeting basic needs and needs immediate help can turn to the clinic for such necessities as food, shelter, limitied financial help and medical care for people who lack insurance but do not qualify for government supports like Medicare and Medicaid.

St. Petersburg Free Clinic has a food bank, clinic, the Beacon House shelter for men and a women's residence. With so many services, the organization needs a lot of help. That's where volunteers come in...

How you can help

Whether you are interested in a one-time opportunity or more of an ongoing assignment, the clinic can accommodate your interest. Individuals and groups are welcome

Through orientation and registration, the Director of Volunteers discusses the needs of the Free Clinic as well as the volunteer’s interests and what would make for a meaningful experience.

The Free Clinic depends on the time and talents of about 250 volunteers each month. There are a multiple of jobs, including:

  • USDA Distribution Assistant
  • Loading Dock Assistant
  • Beacon House, Evening Assistant
  • Food Server
  • Cook an Evening Meal
  •  We Help Services, Client Interviewers
  • Food Packers
  • Health Center, Intake Assistant, Volunteer Physicians, Volunteer Nurses, Health Education Assistant
  • Clerical Assistant
  • Administration, Clerical Support
  • Special Event Volunteers

Next steps

Each prospective volunteer is asked to submit a volunteer registration (online or in person).

The volunteer registration is on the clinic’s website: http://www.stpetersburgfreeclinic.org/volunteer-openings).

Volunteers attend orientation sessions, held twice a month  – at 10 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month and 3:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month.

Once placed, each volunteer receives training from staff or an experienced volunteer.

In addition to a regular assignment through the Free Clinic, volunteers can help out with special events and special projects.

Special events include "Battle of The Minds," "Soup’s On," the "Annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive," "Holiday Food Programs," and many others.

For more information

If you want to lear more about volunteering at St. Petersburg Free Clinic, contact Angel Schumaker, Director of Volunteers and Specials Events, at 727-821-1200 ext. 114.

PeterMRichardson December 28, 2011 at 10:34 AM
I believe this is correct. I also believe this is the kind of plan that we are likley to end up with, though somewhat less generous as it will be forced on us by our creditors who won't give a hair about healthcare for seniors and the needy. Read "Penny Medical" articles if you dont have insurance.


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