Letter: All volunteers appreciated



Over the past few years, the shocking number of families and individuals trapped in poverty in the Vancouver area has grown due to a loss of jobs and lower incomes. For most of these families, health care costs are a significant hurdle that can cause them to fall below the poverty line. Most of these people are uninsured and can’t afford to pay for private health care and the public health care isn’t enough to help fix their problems.

So where are these people going for their health care needs?

Many of these families have discovered the variety of free, nonprofit volunteer clinics that are available in Vancouver. These include Options 360°, the Sea Mar Clinic, Lifeline Connections and several others. However, as great as these organizations are, many of the people that need their help are unable to get the help that they need in a timely fashion. This is because these organizations are shorthanded and in desperate need of more volunteers.

What many people who are looking to volunteer don’t realize is that you don’t have to have a degree or be a qualified health care professional. Anyone can volunteer. Whether they are a specialized doctor or nurse volunteering their medical skills or a teenager who helps out with paperwork, every volunteer counts.

MaryKate Hughes