The Maliheh Free Clinic serves people who live below 150 percent of the poverty line, have no insurance and do not qualify for government programs like Medicaid and Medicare.
Volunteers, relationships with pharmaceutical companies and partnerships with companies in the community like Intermountain Health Care make it possible for the clinic to provide needed medical care for free.
“We always need volunteers,” says Salt Lake Community College Student Sharon Palma who works at the clinic as a receptionist. “They would love it here.”
Media Development Coordinator Nancy Christensen who is also an AmeriCorps VISTA says that all types of volunteers are needed including:
- Social workers
- Administrative support staff
- Medical Practitioners
“We would love to talk with them [potential volunteers] and see if their interests match our needs,” says Christensen.
Volunteer hours are flexible, but the clinic would like a commitment of at least a couple times a month.
Those interested in volunteering with the clinic can contact the Thayne Center or Karen Case at the clinic directly at (801)266-3700 option 2 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The clinic works with pharmaceutical companies to ensure that patients are able to receive their medications at no cost.
Intermountain Health Care provides services like x-rays, CT scans and ultrasounds for a small fee.
“The staff is very caring,” says Christensen.