Occupy Medical Clinic is full of superheroes. Our volunteers have been laboring behind the scenes to secure a grant to pay for a vehicle to refurbish into a mobile clinic. This will be a portable unit that, since we can sterilize it, we can give more thorough exams and conduct tests to better serve our community. The doctors are already planning where to put the microscope.
This clinic is taking a giant step forward with the care that we can offer our community. We currently spend 3 hours constructing and deconstructing our little tent in the park. Our volunteers are getting weary. This mobile clinic will allow us to drive to a series of locations on a set schedule to serve areas besides downtown. All we need is a parking space.
I can not say enough about the heroic efforts of my beloved volunteers. They have set up our enormous tent to shelter our patients in rain, snow and hail. We still set concrete blocks on the edges of the tent supports because of the wind that one time overturned our tent back in February with the volunteer and the patient still in it. (No damage done.) This tent is both a god send for it’s utility to the clinic but it is a beast to store, transport and set up on clinic day. In 4 hours, we do it all in reverse. The volunteers boldly persevere.
Every Sunday, we offer free medical help to any one in need. This is not as easy as it seems. It takes hours of behind the scenes work to get this clinic operational. There is paperwork to fill out, prescriptions to fill, medical equipment to clean, donations to sort, and the blessed tent to maintain.
The volunteers work hard on their shift during clinic hours. They are friendly, professional and compassionate. They show up every Sunday like clockwork.
I am inspired by the work that we do for the community. I am motivated to ease the suffering that I see around me by working to introduce single payer healthcare to my beloved state by providing an example of managed care.
I knew this would be a big project. I did not know that I would be blown away every week by the valiant efforts of my fellow volunteers. I am just the volunteer coordinator. I don’t have super powers but I hang out with volunteers that do. Come visit us. You will be amazed too.
– Sue Sierralupe, Occupy Medical Volunteer Coordinator