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Causes: Civil Rights, Health, Reproductive Health Care, Reproductive Rights, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: The Women's Community Clinic provides affordable and accessible sexual and reproductive health services, homeless outreach services, and health worker training programs to Bay Area women and girls. Since 1999, we have built a safe, respectful, all-women environment where low income and uninsured women can receive direct access to health care services from women they trust. Our volunteers give each woman the information and support she needs to make decisions about her own health. This innovative, volunteer-based model enables us to provide women with quality health care while training the next generation of community health care leaders. womenscommunityclinic.org

Target demographics: women and girls

Direct beneficiaries per year: 4113 Bay Area women and girls with direct health care and outreach services

Geographic areas served: San Francisco/Bay Area

Programs: affordable and accessible sexual and reproductive health services, homeless outreach services, and health workforce development programs.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I was really impressed by the volunteer training at the Women's Community Clinic because if its emphasis on the culture and values of the clinic. Unlike many practical trainings full of rules and things to memorize, the presenters cared most about conveying the clinic's mission and deep respect for the community as a guiding mindset for its volunteers. It really ensures that volunteers are treated as a valuable asset to the team and feel like an integral part of the mission in improving the health and well-being of women and girls.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a new volunteer with The Women's Community Clinic I feel welcomed with open arms and have been given great comprehensive training so I can immediately jump in and start doing my job effectively and correctly. WCC is a wonderful organization and is clearly an asset to the community. I am excited to continue working with WCC to help it grow and gain the recognition and praise it deserves!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women's Community Clinic provides care that is compassionate and excellent. I couldn't recommend this clinic more highly for gyn and primary care.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women's Community Clinic in San Francisco is committed to providing quality health care to women and girls in the Bay Area. The clinic staff and volunteers do a great job to ensure every one they see is treated with utmost respect and high quality care in a caring and supportive environment. From the moment you walk off the elevator you will find yourself in a clean reception room and will be greeted by very professional front desk staff. You will find the staff at the Women's Community Clinic will do their very best to ensure that each client has a positive experience.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Helping women access amazing affordable health care makes volunteering at the Women's Community Clinic the most worthwhile endeavor. What a special place! From the skilled staff to the generous volunteers to the engaged Advisory Board, everyone puts the needs of the women being served at the forefront and is constantly looking to improve the quality of the care provided. The outreach work targeting homeless and marginally housed women providing education and health care is life-changing. The volunteer training program the Clinic provides is a model to be emulated throughout our health care system.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Women's Community Clinic is an example of how health care should be provided--with the woman at the center of a team of caring, dedicated staff, volunteers and advocates--providing holistic health services including mental health. The Clinic is efficient too--for every $1 spent = $5 of services. And the Clinic does even more than providing high quality women's health services; they also help homeless and marginally housed women with supplies, food, referrals and respite at the Ladies' Night Program. In addition, the Clinic is training the next generation of health workers through their community-based health workforce initiatives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women's Community Clinic is a refuge for me. I love volunteering there every week and meeting so many interesting people. What I find so incredible is the ability of the clinic/staff to empower our clients. The thank you's we receive from clients as they leave are so sincere and heartfelt I can't stop smiling for the rest of my shift.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot speak highly enough about the thought, care, and effectiveness present throughout the Women's Community Clinic's operations and approach towards community healthcare. I had the great pleasure of serving as a volunteer clinician for over a year 2010-2011, during which time I was repeatedly struck by the spirit of collaboration not only between staff and volunteers, but between patients and their providers. The clinic places the utmost importance on listening to the women they serve with respect, and from that place creating partnerships in health. Many of the patients I worked with in my time there commented on the value of this, and that they had never felt so seen and heard by the healthcare system as they did at the clinic. Furthermore, the clinic is serving a vital need in the community-providing top-notch care to a diverse group of women who may not otherwise have access. Finally, the executive and administrative staff are leaders in their field, while at the same time being accessible and down-to-earth. They set a tone of integrity that permeates the culture of this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My junior year of college I was required to complete a service learning project for my undergraduate ethics class at the University of San Francisco. To this day, when asked about my undergrad experience, I describe my 3 years of volunteering with the Clinic as the most formative, enriching and educational aspect of my college years.
The Women's Community Clinic's volunteer training program is unparalleled. The Clinic's culture of excellence and empowerment was imbued in every aspect of the work. Beginning with the competitive volunteer application process (I was rejected the first time I applied) and the back-to-back orientations in clinic operation and sex-positivity required to serve on the clinic's front line of client service coordinators, my cohort was prepared to serve professionally and compassionately.
The genius of the Women's Community Clinic's volunteer program is in the many opportunities for volunteers to mentor incoming volunteers while advancing to increasingly specialized volunteer roles. My contribution of time and dedication to the clinic was rewarded in a way that is unmatched by other organizations I have been affiliated with since, and I strive to match elements this early volunteer experience as I craft volunteer and internship programming with the organizations I am currently involved in.
The Clinic staff and volunteer crew were also my family away from home. Being at the clinic helped me learn to love my sexuality and myself- it taught me the power of supporting and being supported by other women in our personal and professional lives. I recommend working with or accessing services with the Women's Community Clinic unconditionally.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am honored to volunteer for the Women's Community Clinic and be surrounded by the incredible women who work, volunteer, and receive services at the clinic. At the WCC, every person who walks through the door is made to feel welcome, safe, and free from judgement. The clinicians are incredible and provide thorough, high-quality, and compassionate care. This has been the absolute best volunteer experience I have ever had and I will continue to be involved with the clinic for as long as possible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women's Community Clinic is the most welcoming and warm space for health care that I have ever experienced. The clinicians and staff are so passionate about providing the best possible health care to our patients. Health care is delivered to our patients efficiently, professionally and compassionately. The quality and breadth of services offered by the Clinic are unmatched.

As a volunteer, I have learned so much from the the clinicians, staff, fellow volunteers and patients. It has been the absolute best volunteer experience I have ever had, and I know that I will continue to stay involved as long as I am able to.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women's Community Clinic provides a warm and welcoming judgement-free zone where women can receive affordable, high-quality sexual and reproductive health services. As a fellow uninsured woman, I understand the fear and frustration that many of our clients experience within the existing healthcare system. The Women's Community Clinic is a safe haven from all that and holds a special place in my heart. You can visibly see and hear the relief our clients experience before, during, and after their visit to the Clinic.

Not only are our clients amazing, but so are the staff. With almost 70% of the Clinic being staffed by volunteers, the women who work at the Clinic are not there because they HAVE to be- it's because they WANT to be. It's no ordinary workplace. The Women's Community Clinic has completely changed my view of how health care can, and should be, delivered.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Even after a year of volunteering at the clinic - first as a Client Services Coordinator and now as a Health Educator - I am continually impressed by it. The hard-working, friendly staff, the clean, inviting facilities, and the accessible location make up only the icing on the cake that is this wonderful place. I have never seen better care offered from any medical service provider and am glad to know that underserved communities in the Bay Area can rely on the Women's Community Clinic.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I serve on the board of the Women's Community Clinic and do so because of the passionate staff, the vital role we serve in the community and our ability to get results. Where else in our city can women get quality, compassionate healthcare, by women, regardless of a woman's ability to pay?

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer physician at the clinic for 5 years. Working with a dedicated group of staff and the huge number of volunteers brings joy and meaning to my life. The gratitude of women who could not otherwise afford health care is priceless. Our care is the highest quality and delivered with compassion and love.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been working with the Clinic for nearly 5 years and I'm constantly impressed with the dedication, service and commitment levels of their team. If I'm filing papers at the clinic or helping organize the next benefit event, it feels as if everyone is moving together (and with enthusiasm!) to further the goals of the clinic - provide more support and services for those who need it, be more active in their community and spread awareness for women's health. I've really enjoyed being part of this wonderful organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women's Community Clinic is an amazing organization that provides free health care services to uninsured and insufficiently insured women. I feel so fortunate to be part of a strong staff that provides comprehensive, patient-centered care. Everyone is incredibly friendly here and committed to improving community health in a thoughtful, progressive way.