Volunteer

Integrative Care Outreach is currently looking for all types of volunteers, from holistic healthcare practitioners, medical doctors, and site volunteers to assist them, to volunteers to work on fundraising, grant writing, locating supply donations, community outreach, volunteer coordination, and more. If you have any questions about volunteering, please do not hesitate to email us at [email protected]


AHAC Volunteer Statement of Ethics and Professionalism

Alternative Healthcare Access Campaign is a moral and ethical organization that strives to be fair and respectful to all clients. The following is a list of rules and regulations pertaining to the ethical behavior of our volunteers. All volunteers must read and agree to abide by these rules.

Understanding our clientele

We serve individuals experiencing homelessness and low-income and whose lives are often in crisis. Volunteers are encouraged to find ways to meet and become engaged with our clients in a professional manner. Approach clients with compassion and be receptive to their need for contact or space. In addition to homelessness, our clients may have experienced or are experiencing sexual abuse/trauma, verbal abuse, severe hunger, neglect, and drug addiction. Please be gentle and responsive to the cues the clients are giving you about approach and appropriate touch.

Money Ethics

Do not accept or borrow money from clients. Lending money to patients is also not allowed. You cannot sell anything while volunteering for ICO, nor can you buy anything from any patients being seen by ICO. You cannot accept gifts, tips or trade with clients, but please realize that this can be offensive to some people. Use your best judgment, but the general rule is to not accept client gifts over $1 in value.

Donations

Clothing and food donations should be taken to the appropriate place when donated. Volunteers should not directly make gifts or distribute donations to staff or clients. Volunteers are encouraged to outreach within their own communities and workplace for food and clothing donations for the clients.

Eating/Drinking on Shift

In general, we do not eat outside food in front of clients. This is out of respect for those we serve who may be hungry and have no food. If a volunteer brings in food from outside, it should be eaten in an area that out of view from clients. Drinking water in front of clients is acceptable, though should be done in moderation.

Dress Code

Clinic appropriate attire is NOT required while working for ICO and is often discouraged. Comfortable clothing is recommended while providing care to clients. Please refrain from wearing shirts that glorify drug/alcohol use or depict drug/alcohol paraphernalia, political or religious affiliations, homophobic remarks or racism. Please avoid wearing clothing that depicts inappropriate body parts, such as low-cut blouses, sweaters, skirts or torn clothing. Close-toed shoes are also mandatory while working in the clinic.

Language

Language and conversation topics should be monitored at all times when working in public areas. These include inappropriate language or swear words, talking about other clients, staff and/or board members, and talking about your personal affairs that may upset or aggravate another individual. Keep the personal chatter to a minimum and focus on the client at hand, giving them the attention that respect they deserve.

Drugs/Alcohol

No volunteer should be in the building with alcohol on their breath or under the influence of any street drug. It is inappropriate to talk about your drug or alcohol consumption with clients.

Smoking

In compliance with Washington laws, smoking is not allowed in any building or within 25 feet of any entrance. If you are a smoker, please be discrete.

Confidentiality

Volunteers may have access to private client information. Client information should not be shared with anyone not directly involved with the clients care, nor should it be spoken about outside of ICO clinic settings. Under no circumstances should a volunteer speak about another client’s information in a place where other clients can hear. Client information is not to be removed from the clinic premises without permission. If you see a client outside of an ICO clinic, you should wait for them to acknowledge you, because he/she may not want others to know that he/she knows you. For more information about being HIPAA compliance, please visit: HYPERLINK "http://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/security/laws-regulations/" http://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/security/laws-regulations/

Boundaries

Volunteers cannot have personal or social relationships with clients. Only after a client has not used ICO’s services for at least one year, can there be a personal or social relationship with that client. To preserve client privacy, if a volunteer knew someone before coming to the clinic, this client information should not be shared except with a staff person. If you have a personal experience that you want to share with a client in a professional manner, it is alright to do this, assuming you use your best judgment and only in the case of providing support to the client.

Services Provided

Do not provide additional services to patients that have not been previously approved by the ICO Board of Directors. Under no circumstances should you provide services that do not fall under your licensed scope of practice. If you feel like the patient may benefit from services not provided by ICO, you may provide appropriate referrals at the time of service.

Training

All ICO volunteers are required to attend a 2 hour volunteer orientation within 2 months of starting work with ICO. In addition to this orientation, volunteers will also be required to attend an on-site training specific to their site prior to providing services with ICO. These trainings will be scheduled with the volunteer upon acceptance of this application.

I have read and understand these rules and regulations and agree to abide by them.

All volunteers should enclose a copy of a recent resume, if available.

Practitioners only, please read and sign.

As a volunteer medical practitioner for ICO, I agree to provide ICO with copies of my current license and sign up for clinical malpractice insurance provided by ICO.

Practitioners, include a copy of your current professional license with your application.

CURRENT JOB POSITION OPENINGS:

 

Staff:

  • Director of Finance Committee
  • Director of Development Committee
  • Director of Fundraising Committee

Board of Directors:

  • Chair of the Board
  • Vice-chair of the Board