Volunteers are assigned permanent shifts for 12 months once they take the volunteer training and complete a shift request form listing their availability. Volunteers are responsible for notifying the clinic as far in advance as possible for shift cancellations.
All new volunteers must complete the 1 hour CMC Volunteer Orientation and 2 day CMC Volunteer Training before they begin volunteering on clinic shifts. This training prepares volunteers to work with our clients, many of whom are seriously ill.
New volunteers may request a “Clinic Shift Orientation”. This is an opportunity to meet with a current volunteer at the beginning of a shift for 30 minutes before clients arrive. You will be given a tour, have a chance to ask questions, and charting will be reviewed again. This does not involve client contact, or any observation.
CMC volunteers have access to a wonderful volunteer community of practitioners and women who are committed to social justice. We provide volunteers ongoing opportunities to network and create community.
CMC appreciates its volunteers once a year with a gift and once a year with a Volunteer Appreciation event. The gift is distributed on every shift. The event is dedicated to honoring the volunteers who make it possible to serve our clients. We gather to share delicious food and to celebrate the contributions of our amazing volunteers.
CMC is a secular organization. We ask that volunteers refrain from using religious language while at the clinic, when driving clients, and especially during treatments with clients. Thank you for understanding!
Volunteer practitioners have 3 clients per shift, and each appointment lasts 50 minutes. Some acupuncturists see more clients per shift, using multiple rooms at once. The shift is divided into sections:
CMC offers continuing education to volunteers, particularly to practitioners in the fields of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Bodywork, Interpretation, and Cultural Competency. Workshops are offered free of charge as professional development to our committed volunteer body.
Volunteers are encouraged to help with recruitment by inviting friends and colleagues to consider volunteering. Volunteers are invited to help represent CMC at certain events throughout the year. These may include the fundraising events, offering free treatments at community health fairs, and joining us for community celebrations.
We are a fragrance free clinic. Please do not wear any type of perfume, essential oil or scented products when you are at the clinic. Thank you for understanding!
Please check the CMC Calendar on our website for monthly clinic holiday closures, orientation/trainings and workshop dates. We are always closed on New Year’s Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving, the Friday after Thanksgiving and the last 2 weeks of December.
The Charlotte Maxwell Forum an online community and information resource for CMC practitioners. This forum is private and is intended to be a safe place to learn more about our treatment modalities and share information among colleagues. If you would like to participate, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org