I did not have people to train on Thursday last month, but I worked with the Vcoordinator's gmail and read emails/scheduled shifts/rescheduled shifts and did miscellaneous things to help with the organization of our volunteers on the vcoordinator's google docs page.
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This day was my first day back, in-person, at the clinic in which I was schedule to train two new volunteers on how to perform front-desk duties and intake procedures from 3-6pm. I actually was able to go through everything within an hour and a half so most of my time served consisted in interpretation session between patients and physician through Telehealth and in-person. I met the new staff and made acquaintances with them. Unfortunately I was unable to attend staff meeting because I was in an exam room translating the consultation. After staff meeting, I made copies to replenish new patient forms and COVID-19 symptom questionnaire forms. I also helped with answering phone calls and helped a volunteer get started with the task of organizing the medicine closet.
On this day I went through the Clinic's volunteer coordinator email, and drive to check out the current data on active volunteers and communications between new-volunteers. It was done remotely.
Had a personal meeting with Morgan, the project manager at Clinica Esperanza, and Marina Carro to update me with changes made to the clinic last semester and the new plans/expectations for this semester. Marina was extremely helpful and accommodating to my new schedule and I agreed to work 6 hrs on Thursday to help out at the clinic with New-Volunteer training sessions and other miscellaneous tasks during my down times at the clinic.
Unfortunately, my involvement with Clinica Esperanza was poor last semester, but I did not worry too much about it because other Bonners took great care of the responsibilities I was once expected to address. I wish I could go back and add more hours, but they were sporadic and undocumented so these 10 hrs, in which I attended meetings, communicated with Marina Carro and helped schedule/direct new volunteers that would directly reach out to me are the only I could find in my calendar.
Again, these hours are recorded hours I have in my google calendar. During the summer I took on a project to recruit and direct 4 Spanish-speaking interns, 3 from Brown University and 1 from University of Florida, at Clinica Esperanza that pretty much fulfilled the roles of every volunteer, but with a much higher time commitment. I would provide rides to and from the clinic for every intern, for every shift in order to ensure their safety and well being by minimizing their exposure to COVID-19 during their commute. Twice I did in-person interpretations shifts for the clinic.
This is a little update from data I have in my google calendar. I am pretty sure I did more, in meetings alone I averaged 3 hrs a week during this period. I was working with Marina Carro, Clinica Esperanza's main volunteer coordinator, by helping her answering emails and holding orientation meetings. I also had a period between February and April in which I took over all responsibilities while she was focusing on her MCAT examinations. My involvement with Clinica moved remotely and greatly decreased once the quarantine period started, my living situation became unstable, and I did not feel safe traveling to the clinic by bus/Uber.