Volunteers

We need you!

Volunteers are the very heart of what we do and who we are. It is because of our amazing volunteers that faithfully dedicate their time and talents that we can serve our patients with services and resources free of charge. There are many opportunities to be involved with various levels of time, commitment and training. Scroll down to learn all about the many opportunities for volunteering inside and outside our medical clinic. 

 

 

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Qualifications

All volunteers must be 18 years of age or over and have a heart to love and serve the people of our community who need our services without judgement or prejudice. Our volunteers agree with and sign our Statement of Faith, Statement of Principles, Confidentiality Agreement, and Volunteer Agreement. All volunteers must adhere to the policies and procedures of Sierra Pregnancy + Health, without exception.

Volunteer Positions

We have a variety of positions inside and outside our clinic. Volunteers can join  our Medical Team, become a Patient Advocate, Receptionist, assist with community outreach and much more!

Student Interns

We partner with local universities and colleges to help students earn college credit for their various degrees such as psychology, business and medical fields. Interns must be in a Bachelor’s degree program at an accredited institution with an active internship program.

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SPH Volunteer Information Day

This event will provide a guided tour, detailed information about each volunteer position, volunteer application packets, details of our upcoming interview slots, details of the required volunteer training program dates, as well as a time for Q & A. Refreshments will be provided. 

Volunteer Qualifications

Time Commitment

All Medical Team Members, Patient Advocates, Reproductive Grief Care Advocates, and Receptionists are required to work one day per week for a 3-hour shift. The positions of Special Events, Board of Directors, Church Liaison, Community Care Class Facilitator, Community Outreach, Clinic Housekeeper, and Clinic Organizer are asked to work various shifts depending on our outreach and fundraising calendar.

All Advocates are asked to fulfill a 12-month commitment. 

Training Requirements

All Medical Team Members, Patient Advocates, Reproductive Grief Care Advocates, and Receptionists are required to attend the following:

  • 3-day Advocate Training hosted in the clinic of Sierra Pregnancy + Health taught by the Patient Services Manager and Director of Reproductive Grief Care + Education. There is an $85 training fee. This includes staff time, training materials, background check, and lunch for all 3 days. This training fee must be paid to Sierra Pregnancy + Health before the 3-day training begins. 
  • A one-time 3-hour training class on Reproductive Grief Care, offered 4 times a year. There is a $25.00 training fee which includes training materials. 
  • Quarterly In-Service training days. These occur on Fridays from the hours of 9:30 am – 2:00 pm. If the volunteer in the above-mentioned positions does not attend the quarterly required training, they are no longer able to volunteer at Sierra Pregnancy + Health.

All volunteers for the above-mentioned positions who have experienced or been personally affected by a reproductive loss are required to meet with our Director of Reproductive Grief Care + Education. She will assess if you need to participate in the Reproductive Grief Care program before you begin to fulfill your volunteer position.

The positions of Special Events, Board of Directors, Church Liaison, Community Care Class Facilitator, Community Outreach, Clinic Housekeeper, and Clinic Organizer do not require the above-mentioned training, but highly suggest completing. 

Student Interns

Sierra Pregnancy + Health welcomes student interns. Students who are in a Bachelor’s degree program at an accredited institution are welcome to apply for an intern position. Sierra Pregnancy + Health hires student interns who are actively walking with Jesus Christ and who are maintaining their relationship with him.

All interns must be 18 years of age or over and have a heart to love and serve the people of our community who need our services without judgement or prejudice. Each intern must agree with and sign our Statement of Faith, Statement of Principles, Confidentiality Agreement, and Volunteer Agreement. All interns must adhere to the policies and procedures of Sierra Pregnancy + Health, without exception.

If you are interested in becoming a student intern at Sierra Pregnancy + Health, please send us an inquiry to schedule a time for a tour and to receive a volunteer application. If you are considered for an intern position, an interview will be required.

Jenna

Student Intern, William Jessup University

Volunteer Positions

Patient Advocate

A person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy.
Synonyms: Champion, upholder, supporter, spokesman.

Patient Advocates work face to face with patients potentially experiencing a crisis, generally through an unplanned pregnancy, while working side by side with our Nurse Manager, all-volunteer medical staff, and other Advocates. They are the bridge to life saving resources and the biggest source of love and encouragement during a patient’s appointment. Patient Advocates must be an active listener, speak the truth in love with grace, share the truth of Christ when appropriate, create and maintain patient files, make follow-up calls to patients, communicate clearly, and become familiar with community resources. Patient Advocates must have a heart for Advocacy and not for Activism.

REQUIREMENTS:
• Attend all listed trainings
• Become fully trained in Reception
• Have a basic to moderate level of computer operations
• Volunteer for the annual Gala
• Be strong in Christ and in His word
• Complete a volunteer application
• Submit 3 references
• Submit a letter from your Pastor showing you are in good standing at your church
• Write out your testimony
• Write out your reproductive loss story, if applicable
• Complete our Reproductive Grief Care Program if you have a reproductive loss

SHIFTS: A Patient Advocate works one day per week for a 3-hour period. The shifts are Monday-Thursday from 10:00 am -1:00 pm OR 1:00 pm -4:00 pm. Patient Advocates work on the same day and shift every week. They do not switch days or times.

COMMITMENT: 12 consecutive months of volunteering as a Patient Advocate.

Reproductive Grief Care Advocate

Advocate: A person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy.
Synonyms: Champion, upholder, supporter, spokesman.

Grief: Deep sorrow, especially that caused by someone’s death.
Synonyms: Misery, anguish, pain, distress, agony

Care: The provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone or something.
Synonyms: Safekeeping, supervision, protection

A Reproductive Grief Care Advocate meets face to face with women and men who have experienced a reproductive loss in the forms of; miscarriage, stillbirth, infertility, hysterectomy, and abortion. The Advocate will work with the hurting women and men as they journey through healing from their reproductive loss.

To be a Reproductive Grief Care Advocate at Sierra Pregnancy + Health, a person must be able to demonstrate the love of Christ to each person that enters the clinic without judgement or prejudice. This person must have excellent listening skills, know when to be silent, and be comfortable with sitting in someone’s pain and grief. A Grief Care Advocate is not a licensed counselor and is not in the position of telling a client how they should or should not grieve. A Reproductive Grief Care Advocate is to demonstrate compassion, empathy, genuineness, and unconditional love to the person they are advocating for while taking them through a specific guided curriculum tailored to the client’s specific needs.

SHIFTS: A Reproductive Grief Care Advocate works one day per week for a 3-hour period. The shifts are Monday-Thursday from 10:00 am -1:00 pm OR 1:00 pm -4:00 pm. Reproductive Grief Care Advocates work on the same day and shift every week. They do not switch days or times. Because we offer support outside our local area, they may also be required to work remotely via an online video-conferencing portal through thera-Link. This will be at the discretion of the Director of Reproductive Grief Care + Education.

Medical Team Member (RN or MD)

All medical team members must have a valid and up to date license to practice in the State of California. An RN at Sierra Pregnancy + Health is required to provide the following medical services: Urine pregnancy testing, STI testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, ultrasounds (if you are a certified sonographer). The RN is also required to provide pregnancy options education for all 3 pregnancy decisions; carry and parent, carry and make an adoption plan, end of pregnancy through abortion. An MD at Sierra Pregnancy + Health is required to provide first and second trimester ultrasounds up to 13 weeks gestation. This person must demonstrate compassion towards all patients regardless of their pregnancy decision. They must also offer consolation to those patients whose ultrasound reveal a miscarriage. All medical staff must adhere to the policies and procedures of Sierra Pregnancy + Health, without exception.

SHIFTS: An RN or MD works one day per week for a 3-hour period. The shifts are Monday-Thursday from 10:00 am -1:00 pm OR 1:00 pm -4:00 pm. Medical team members work on the same day and shift every week. They do not switch days or times.

Care Class Coordinator

This position requires a person to have contact with our patients through hosting our parenting classes in the clinic. This person must have good listening skills, offer support and encouragement to our patients regardless of their social or economic situation, and give out community resources when appropriate. This person must like engaging with patients and be willing to verbally interact and guide them through the parenting class curriculum.

SHIFTS: This is a once per month commitment or as needed based on current clinic events.

Community Educator

This position requires a heart for teaching. A person in this role is required to go out in the community on behalf of Sierra Pregnancy + Health and speak/teach on topics and curriculum decided by the Director of Reproductive Grief Care + Education. This position will also work alongside staff at events such as; women’s Thrive at Bayside, a Sunday service at a local church, a youth group event, a community fair at William Jessup University, etc. This person should like to engage with the public and be ready and willing to listen to reproductive stories and refer people to SPH for support and care.

SHIFTS: This is a once per month commitment or as needed based on current clinic events.

Church Liaison (Community Life Team)

This person will work to promote knowledge of Sierra Pregnancy + Health and help to build relationships between SPH and local churches. This person will organize and run a baby bottle campaign. The campaign consists of; delivering bins of empty baby bottles to local churches and businesses to be filled with loose change, checks, and cash.

SHIFTS: This is an as needed position based on current clinic events.

Special Events Helper (Community Life Team)

As a nonprofit free medical clinic, special events are a crucial part of our operations. This volunteer must be able to work collaboratively and take clear direction from the Executive Director. They must have a desire to promote the work of Sierra Pregnancy + Health. They must be willing to help plan, organize, and execute events.

SHIFTS: This is an as needed position based on current clinic events.

Clinic Organizer (Community Life Team)

Proper organization helps us to operate smoothly and is an important part of serving our patients well. The clinic organizer will help to do the following; maintain the cleanliness and organization of our storage room, keep accurate inventory of supplies, package diapers and layette bags for patients, help to organize the administration side when needed.

SHIFTS: 1-2 hours per month. This can also be on an as needed basis depending on donation volume, class volume, and the patient’s need for material items.

Our 2020 Life + Light Award Recipient

Heily Young

Heily Young has been a longtime supporter and friend of Sierra Pregnancy + Health. She tirelessly advocates for those facing unplanned, unsupported, and uninsured pregnancy with her time, energy and talent. Heily has long been a community liaison for SPH, providing communication to those who could help with service projects and volunteering.

Heily has opened her home to SPH staff to offer a meal and time to rest and relax. Heily has overseen a group that provides Christmas gifts for the SPH volunteers and recently, Heily used her large network of contacts to help  provide for the needs of the baby layettes that are offered to each mother completing an education class at our clinic. SPH can call Heily at any time with any prayer request or material need and if she can’t meet it, she will find someone who can!

Thank you Heily, for all that you have done for Sierra Pregnancy + Health and for the moms, babies and families we serve.

Heily Young, Community Connector
Kristin Lowther, Patient Services Manager

Kristin Lowther

Training + Education Coordinator

I would love to meet you and talk about how you can volunteer at SPH! We will start with scheduling a tour of the clinic and then give you the volunteer application. All positions require a fully completed application. If you are considered for a volunteer position, you will be required to interview for your position of interest.