Spring 2017 Volunteer Newsletter
  The biannual newsletter featuring the contributions 
      and accomplishments of Casa's Volunteer Team. 
 
  • In 2016, Casa Volunteers contributed more than 6,300 hours!
  • We have over 15 languages represented within our volunteer pool.
  • Each month, a volunteer is spotlighted in our Monthly Newsletter. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, follow this link here! 
  • We are currently looking for medically licensed volunteers. Any medical provider interested in volunteering at Casa can contact Kate Koch at kkoch@casadesaludstl.org
Volunteer Happenings & Upcoming Events

 
Upcoming Events



National Volunteer Week 
April 23-29, 2017. 
Keep an eye out for special events at Casa that week! #NVW

GUIA Gathering
April 22, 2017
As part of NVW, we will host an event for GUIA volunteers to meet other GUIA volunteers, share experiences and collaborate. Stay tuned for more info. 

Interpreter Training Labs with LAMP- We will be hosting additional training opportunities exclusively held for Casa Interpreters. Keep an eye out for announcements.

Intern Application Deadline: March 22nd
If you are interested in applying for our Summer internships, please email rvilches@casadesaludstl.org to request an application. 

Past Events

Casa Photo Day-November 12, 2016

LAMP Interpreter Training Lab
March 2, 2017


Reminders: 
Please park in the parking lot next door to save space for patients in the front parking lot. 

Please make sure to sign-in and out, recording to the nearest quarter hour as this directly affects our record keeping. 



Volunteer Spotlights

January
    

Ellen Hutti

During the month of January, Administrative volunteers, Ellen Hutti and Rachel Rimmerman  played a crucial role at Casa by overseeing the volunteer calendar while Volunteer Coordinator, Ruth Vilches, was in Argentina. Both Ellen and Rachel coordinated volunteer shifts, contacted volunteers to fill shifts, and adjusted the volunteer calendar as needed in order to ensure that the clinic ran smoothly during the entire month.Ellen is a sophomore at SLU while Rachel works full-time at SLU. Both started volunteering in late 2016. 

Rachel Rimmerman


February Spotlight

Carol Marshall 

Carol Marshall is currently a volunteer at Casa as part of an ongoing partnership with Ignatian Volunteer Corps. In addition to helping with redesigning our bilingual proficiency assessment and assisting with Interpreter training labs, as of February 2017, Carol has accumulated over 500 volunteer hours at Casa as a volunteer interpreter. 

Thank you Ellen, Rachel & Carol for your flexibility, hard work and eagerness to be a part of Casa's team. We're thankful for you! 

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Casa de Salud - Compassionate Path to Wellness 
 
A Message from the VC

Greetings! I hope this newsletter finds all of you well. By now, I've met almost every one of you, and it has truly been a pleasure to interact with such quality people on a daily basis. 
This newsletter offers an opportunity to reflect on Casa's work, your work as a volunteer, and the work that we've collectively been able to accomplish as a volunteer team. I hope that you enjoy reading this bi-annual newsletter, and please let me know if you would ever like to submit something for approval that we could potentially include! Thank you to each of you for your dedication to our patients. 

Ruth Vilches
Volunteer Coordinator

Ruth Vilches- Volunteer Coordinator  

 
Wel come Spring Intern Team!

As part of our desire to always improve our patient services, Casa de Salud has revamped our intern program to include extra clinical exposure as well as organizational exposure. 

This Spring, we are excited to have 13 interns volunteering 10-15 hours per week as Interpreters, Medical Scribes, GUIA Navigators and Administrative/Outreach Interns. The goal for our intern program is to better the quality of our services through the increased consistency and time spent in each volunteer position.  Our internships also provides volunteers an opportunity to get a closer look at Casa as an organization with our "Inside Casa" events. These events are held every few weeks and are informal conversations about various topics pertaining to the organizational side of Casa as well as information about other community organizations working with immigrant populations in the Greater St. Louis Metro Area. Thank you to our 2017 Spring Intern team!

If you are interested in applying for one of our internships, email Ruth at rvilches@casadesaludstl.org. We are currently taking applications for Summer '17. Applications are due on March 22nd. Some late exceptions will be made. 
¡Zocaloco! 2017



Casa hosts our annual Gala every year. This year, we will have a raffle for volunteers who would like to attend. Raffle tickets will be sold for $25 for a potential seat at the Gala. Let me know if you would like to purchase a raffle ticket! All proceeds will go to Casa de Salud.
 
The party gets started in Saturday, May 6! Sponsorships are still available and individual tickets are now on sale.  To purchase or for more information, please call 314-977-1200, or email at info@casadesaludstl.org.
 
 
 
National Volunteer Week is April 23-29. Stay tuned for special events that will be held during the week!
Support for Casa
    
Did you know that Casa is currently working on a Mental Health Collaborative with the Psychoanalytic Institute, BIAS, St. Francis Community Services and SLU's Medical Family Therapy Program? We are in the process of fundraising for the renovation of our building next door. While there are incredible organizations already specifically focusing on mental and behavioral health services for the foreign-born population, Casa desires to increase the overall capacity through this collaborative initiative. We need your support to help make it happen!

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Please consider a donation to Casa today. It's easy! You  can click here to make a gift on-line, or you call us at 314-977-1200.

Your generosity makes Casa de Salud the premier resource for affordable and quality care for the foreign-born community in the St. Louis region!
 
Volunteering at Casa

Total Volunteer Hours:
6374.755 Hours in 2016

4,401.5 Hours for FY 2017


Month of February

Volunteer Interpreter:   307.5 Hours
Volunteer Scribes:  117 Hours 

Admin Volunteers:  178.25 Hours 

GUIA Volunteers:  45 Hours




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