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Volunteer Information

We can’t offer our necessary services and do what we do without volunteers. Volunteers must be at least 19 years of age.

See the Medical Direct Care section for volunteer criteria.

Medical clinics are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday mornings, 2nd and 4th Thursday evenings and 1st and 3rd Saturday mornings. Audio/Visual Telehealth Visits are available throughout the week for established patients only.

The business office is open Monday through Friday, 9 to 2 pm. Medical care is only available during clinic sessions.

Medical Direct Care


Volunteers must have a current license or certification that is recognized by the state of Michigan OR be enrolled in medical school. We are waiting for an opinion on students enrolled in RN, PA and NP programs.

We are always looking for physicians, registered nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, pharmacist techs and lab techs. We are also looking for LMSWs, professional counselors and psychologists. The commitment is 3 - 3 1/2 hours per session. We prefer that individuals volunteer with us once a month. Volunteer times are at your convenience.

Non Medical Volunteers


Volunteers can work at the appointment desk, assist our patients with insurance information and enrollment, prescription cost assistance and prepare the clinic for the next session. We can always use extra hands to help develop, publicize and assist with fundraisers; write grants and many other important tasks. We also need volunteers who are competent in Word and Excel for data input one day a week. These opportunities do not require a medical license or certification.

Non-Medical Volunteer Application

If you are interested, e-mail Dan at [email protected].

If interested in applying to become a member of the clinic's Board of Directors, contact Rudy Serra, Board President, [email protected] and click on the Board application below for a quick overview of Board responsibilities.

Board Member Responsibilities

Board Member Application

Insurance Protection

The FTCA Medical Malpractice program (Free Clinic FTCA Program) provides immunity for medical malpractice claims to those health care practitioners and non medical volunteers (administrative staff, board of directors, volunteers in non-medical capacities) that provide medical or other services on a volunteer basis in or on behalf of a free clinic. The requirements state that the practitioner or staff must be sponsored by an approved free clinic and deemed as a federal employee of the PHS. At FernCare Free Clinic, the only volunteers or staff we cover are those that agree to volunteer once a month for a year. If this is not possible, you are still covered by the Volunteer Protection Act and Michigan’s Good Samaritan Law.

At a federal level, this offers protections for any physicians or practitioners volunteering at all nonprofit health facilities. Unlike the FTCA, the VPA does not provide that the practitioners are dismissed from the lawsuit and the federal government become the defendant. Rather, the VPA exempts practitioners from liability in the event of a lawsuit, if the practitioner proves the VPA conditions were met. VPA also makes it very difficult for a claimant to obtain punitive damages or obtain non-economic losses against a volunteer.

MCL 333.16277. Michigan law limits liability for health care practitioners who render non-emergency care on a voluntary basis (i.e. don’t receive compensation). They are not liable in a civil action for damages for acts or omissions in providing such care, unless the acts or omissions results from gross negligence or willful and wanton misconduct or were intended to injure the patient. This limitation on liability extends to dentists, physicians, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and physician’s assistants.

Non emergency health care  specifically covers (1) "a health facility organized and operated for the sole purpose of delivering non emergency health care without receiving compensation".

We also carry a general liability policy for all staff.

Volunteers who have submitted applications and have been contacted by a member of the Clinic Team ONLY click here for the 2024 Calendar to schedule the day or days you can volunteer

Clinic Schedule

2024 Clinic Schedule

The 2024 Clinic Schedule Saturdays are 9 am to noon, Thursday evenings are 6:00 – 8:30 pm, Mondays 9 am – noon, usually. Ferndale stages a number of city wide events that make parking and travel complicated. See the schedule below for the 2024 clinic dates. Telehealth visits are available throughout the week. Please call to make your appointment.

2024 Clinic Schedule
Month Days
January 2024 6, 8, 11, 17, 20, 22, 25, 29
February 2024 3, 8, 12, 17, 19, 21, 22, 26
March 2024 2, 11, 14, 16, 18, 20, 25, 28
April 2024 6, 8, 11, 15, 17, 20, 22, 25
May 2024 4, 9, 13, 15, 18, 20, 23
June 2024 1, 10, 13, 15, 17, 19, 24, 27
July 2024 8, 11, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 25
August 2024 3, 8, 12, 19, 21, 22, 26
September 2024 7, 9, 12, 16, 18, 23, 26, 28
October 2024 5, 10, 14, 16, 19, 21, 24, 28
November 2024 2, 11, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 25
December 2024 7, 9, 12, 16, 18, 21, 23


Volunteer Application

Fill out the Volunteer application (SEE below) and e-mail it with a copy of your license and photo ID to the clinic. SEE addresses below.

All volunteers are subject to Medical Director and Clinic Manager approval.

Physicians, Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, enrolled medical students, CNAs, Medical Assistants, EMTs

E-mail your information and application to Dan Martin at [email protected] and RNs, CNAa, MAs, EMTs to Pamalar Burnette, RN at [email protected]

Pharmacists, pharmacist technicians, pharmacy students

E-mail your applications and a copy of your license/certification to [email protected]. Christine is our Pharmacy Manager and can answer any questions. She also does all the pharmacy scheduling.

Lab technicians and phlebotomists

E-mail your applications and a copy of your license/certification to [email protected]. Susan is our Lab Manager and can answer any question. She does lab scheduling.

Social workers, counselors and psychologists

Please e-mail your application to Dan Martin at [email protected].

Office Assistance

Anyone who is interested in volunteering and doesn't seem to fit the other listed categories please email [email protected].

For Office Assistance, Appointment Desk, Health Insurance Enrollment Counselors, electronic medical record scribes and social media specialists email your applications to Dan Martin at [email protected].

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