The purpose of the Kansas City CARE Clinic is: to promote health and wellness by providing quality services to the under-served and all people in our community.
We accomplish this by:
Respecting the dignity of each individual;
Serving a diverse community;
Providing outreach services within the community;
Working collaboratively with volunteers;
Fostering individual and community partnerships;
Responding to the changing health and wellness needs of the community; and Maximizing our financial resources.
Target demographics: the under-served and all people in our community
Geographic areas served: Kansas City
The Clinic provides services at two urban Kansas City, MO facilities. General Medicine services include adult/family medicine, women’s health care, acute and chronic disease care, physical exams, TB testing, chiropractic services and occupational and physical therapies. Specialized clinics include dermatology, cardiology, endocrinology, pulmonary care and, new this year, optometry. In addition, our General Medicine is among the first in the country to offer opt-out rapid HIV testing (results in 20 minutes) as a regular part of care, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
I was a very dedicated, passionate volunteer in 3 departments for several days a week for over a year. I was treated very well by the Volunteer Manager, Suzanne L. and by the departments I worked in.
I was treated so well that I thought I wanted to work there, and that muddied the waters. A paying position opened up in the dispensary for which I was totally qualified for, but the HR manager, Miriam M., apparently does not think much of the clinics volunteer work force (over 1,000 people) and I was not even asked to interview. Very political place, only about 100 employees, the management claims not to know what goes on in the trenches.
In this job market, who turns their back on their volunteers?