Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) volunteer opportunities are currently on hold. Stay tuned for updates.
A message from our executive director:
Dear Puentes volunteers,
I hope that this message finds you and your family safe and well, especially during these stressful times. As a dedicated volunteer of Puentes de Salud’s work, I am reaching out to share an update on how this global pandemic is impacting our organization and families in the community we serve, as well as the course of action we are taking to address emergent needs.
Since the implementation of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 began last week, our staff, providers, and remaining volunteer coordinators have worked hard to rework our systems of health care, educational support, and social services to the community. In the context of the closure of our clinic, we are facing a budget shortfall of up to 20% in the near term. Despite this, we are implementing the use of telemedicine to continue providing crucial healthcare services to our patients with very limited home visits to specific cases. We are also contacting all of the families connected to our educational, arts, and wellness programs to assess their urgent and long-term needs and are working with our community partner organizations to develop further efforts to provide the community with crucial support and supplies.
With the recent closing of all non-essential businesses, many members of our community who rely on our local restaurant industry as their source of livelihood have been deeply impacted. Despite emergency relief efforts to support service-industry workers, many of these critical financial resources are inaccessible to undocumented workers. As community need will be substantial and ongoing, our work as healthcare providers, community advocates, and educators will be critical in ameliorating the effects of this crisis in the years to come. We are working tirelessly in our community emergency relief efforts and to ensure our organization will have sufficient resources to continue providing essential services to our community long-term. We are continuing to reach out to our funders and supporters, and are applying to the PHL COVID-19 Fund as well as other available resources.
Thank you all for your messages of support and solidarity as we have had to close most of our volunteer work and opportunities. As longer-term plans develop, we look forward to re-engaging your volunteer time and support. In the meantime, if you would like to make a donation to support Puentes please visit: www.puentesdesalud.org/donate.
Sending my deepest gratitude to you during this time.
Steven Larson, MD
Volunteer at Puentes
Puentes de Salud attracts more than 500 active student and faculty volunteers from eleven colleges and universities throughout the Philadelphia region. Our comprehensive strategy for improving the health of Philadelphia’s Latinx community draws on volunteers from many disciplines, including medicine, nursing, public health, law, education, and visual arts. This interdisciplinary group learns about important issues in Latinx health, wellness, and education firsthand through supervised volunteer work at our various programs. All volunteer opportunities require an application process. If you are interested in volunteering, please see opportunities below. Contact us with any questions at email@example.com.
Please Note: In order to provide quality direct service to our community and a quality immersion experience for our volunteers, we are not able to accept visiting or walk-in volunteers, high-school students, student research proposals, or short-term class project/papers volunteers.
If you are a provider, physician, nurse, NP, PhD, social worker, or a professional in a field related to our work and would like to volunteer please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In-Service Speaker Series
The Puentes de Salud In-Service training series is a year-long series of lectures focusing on the social determinants of health. The lectures are also a key component of Puentes de Salud’s Escolares program, which exposes volunteers to the social determinants of health through lectures, reflection sessions, and volunteer experiences. The In-Service series focus on issues of community health, health care for uninsured and marginalized populations, cultural sensitivity in health care, and issues relevant to Latinx health. Volunteers from all backgrounds in the Puentes de Salud community are welcome. Presentations are geared towards clinic volunteer students and providers. They are presented in English for one hour from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on a Monday or Wednesday. If you or your organization would like to be a guest speaker please email email@example.com.
Undergraduate, Post-bacc, Graduate, Medical, and Professional Students
Positions are limited and applications are competitive. Please apply early. For applicants that do not get accepted into a position, we recommend they apply for a semester or academic year role in a Wellness and Education program before applying to clinic again. Volunteers who have participated in other programs and meet required qualifications receive priority for our more competitive positions.