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Healthcare - physician assistant, nurses, medical/dental assistants, health advocates, patient care coordinators and social workers

St. Joseph Worker Program
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St. Joseph Worker healthcare positions are based on education, skills and interest of the volunteer. Some positions require related degree and certification or offer internship experience. We work to match your passions with our placement site partners with many opportunities serving Spanish-speaking populations.

Service Activities

Volunteers work with team members in clinical and non-clinical settings, depending on placement, providing age-appropriate individual, family, and/or community health education, services and outreach. Holistic health services address the whole person - mind, body and spirit. The St. Joseph Worker will promote understanding of contributing factors to health outcomes such as mental health, substance use, immigration status, social isolation, housing and economic security.

Community Need Addressed

St. Joseph Workers provide culturally sensitive care and compassion for underserved or vulnerable adult and pediatric clients and patients including the aging, new Americans, undocumented, low income, and/or persons experiencing homelessness. They serve as physician assistants, nurses, medical or dental assistants, patient care coordinators, community health advocates, and social workers at hospitals, community clinics, mobile clinics, family resource centers or residence care facilities.

Position Outcomes

Volunteers support health care needs of clients and patients either directly or indirectly leading to increased wellness, disease prevention and quality of life, helping individuals, families, and communities better manage their health needs.


Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

The St. Joseph Worker Program is deeply committed to the volunteers providing mentoring and training for personal and professional development centered around four core values: leadership as a woman, social justice, spirituality and community/simple living. The program begins with a one to two week orientation to the program and placement site. Mentoring, educational and certification opportunities, monthly program day enrichment, and retreats help volunteers discover their strengths and passions and develop the skills and confidence to make their mark on the world. AmeriCorps Education Award opportunity may be available to eligible volunteers through an affiliated national organization.

Education Benefits

Depending on placement, the volunteer may have the opportunity to take college courses and receive credits for course completion or certifications such as Domestic Violence, Social Worker, Nurse, or other healthcare related certifications.

Skills you will gain

Volunteers will acquire skills in compassionate patient care and communication skills especially related to teamwork and conflict resolution. Depending on placement, the volunteer may also acquire skills in community health and medical data systems, medical technology, public speaking, project management, or event planning.

Competencies You Will Develop

Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner, Turn taking, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Effectively delegate tasks, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities
  • Focus Areas Aging, Disability, Economic Security, Health & Nutrition
  • Length of Service 11 Months
  • Education Requirements Some College
  • Placement Individual Placement
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit, Disability Services Organization, Health Clinic/Other Health Organization, Hospital, National Nonprofit/Affiliate, Organization primarily serving older adults, Religious Organization, Volunteer Placement Organization
  • Weekly Training Hours 2

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