The importance of volunteers at Clínica Amistad cannot be overstated. More than 90 people, mainly young students from the University of Arizona and Pima Community College, are volunteers. A few of their stories follow...
China Rae Newman — I first heard about Clínica from a friend who was involved in border justice. I was looking for a place to volunteer where I could work with people without access to affordable health care and when I heard about the clinic’s mission, I knew that I wanted to be a part of it.
Stephanie Navarro — I was introduced to the clinic last year when I needed an internship for my Spanish major. I had many options for my internship, but wanted something where I could use my Spanish and give back to the community where I grew up. One of the best parts of my experience is when we are able to tell worried patients that the services are free. Their faces light up, their eyes open wide and they smile from ear to ear.
Lindsey Warne — I came to Tucson in August to begin nursing school. I also wanted to be involved in my new city and have health care experiences outside of those I would have in school. I was very inspired by Clínica Amistad’s goal to provide accessible health care to those in need. So far I’ve experienced a great sense of community among everyone at Clínica Amistad — the volunteers, patients and providers. There is such an atmosphere of care and dedication here, and I always am truly excited to come volunteer each week.