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Information for the Ithaca Health Alliance Volunteers

The Ithaca Health Alliance is primarily a volunteer organization. We have a small staff of four employees who are responsible for day-to-day operations, and everything else the organization does is thanks to volunteer effort. Our board of directors are all volunteers. The Ithaca Free Clinic is staffed by volunteers, for both administrative work and healthcare services. If you are reading this, be assured that we can use your help!

We encourage everyone interested to apply.

We ask prospective volunteers to fill out an application through our online volunteer system, Ally Online. Through Ally, you can read and provide your digital signature for our Code of Conduct, and tell us about your background, interests and availability. If you are a healthcare professional interested in volunteering at the Ithaca Free Clinic, we will require a paper copy of your current licensure and certifications for your volunteer file before you begin providing care at IFC. We will ask for professional references, schedule an interview with our Executive Director and Clinic Coordinator, and clinical professionals may be asked to speak with our Medical Director or Holistic Medicine Director prior to their first shift.

After you complete your volunteer application and sign the code of conduct, you can expect to hear back from us within two weeks. If you have questions or would like further information, please contact our Administrative Coordinator at or by phone at 607-330-1253.

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Who are we looking for? Anyone who feels that they have something they can offer. We need volunteers for every service session at the Free Clinic. In addition to physicians and holistic practitioners to staff the clinic, we need volunteers to help with the operation of the facility. Each open session of the Free Clinic is 4 hours time. We are looking for people who can volunteer for one shift monthly or bimonthly. On a typical open day at IFC, we need two or more volunteers for reception and follow-up scheduling and providers who handle clinical care — nurses, doctors, and alternative medicine providers. Clinic volunteers are not limited to open hours — if you can volunteer at other times for paperwork, keeping the space clean, or other tasks we can also use the help!

Administrative volunteer shifts at the Free Clinic are filled 3 months in advance, to ensure consistency of operations.

We are always on the lookout for educators and people who enjoy working with and talking to people for the Community Health Education program. If you are a writer interested in health subjects, have health-related expertise to share, would like to work in our Health Education Tents for outreach, or have similar interests, this may be a good fit for you! Community Health Education volunteers are recruited on an ongoing basis.

If you're interested in service through our Board of Directors, we accept applications on an ongoing basis.

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