Volunteer

Vol’un’teer

A person who gives freely of their time to make a difference in the lives of others.

Volunteers are very important at Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine – in fact they are our greatest asset! Since LVIM opened its doors in February, 2001, we have enrolled over 17,500 patients in 357,000 patient visits, filled over 313,580 prescriptions and performed over 18,000 radiology exams. Over 3,500 volunteers and 400 doctors, dentists and ARNP’s have donated their time.

But as you can see with this large volume of patients, it takes skilled people of all backgrounds and professions to make everything run properly. You don’t have to have a medical background to volunteer, as there are many other opportunities to serve the uninsured of Polk County. Check out these awesome positions:

  • Clinical providers such as: physicians, ARNP’s, PA’s, RN’s, LPN’s, MA’s
  • Patient schedulers
  • Receptionists
  • Greeters
  • Intake screeners
  • Patient escorts
  • Medical records clerks
  • Clerical assistants
  • Referral services support
  • Interpreters
  • Lawn care services
  • Facility & equipment maintenance
  • Information systems support
  • Housekeeping services

Although everyone works very hard at Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine, we also have a lot of fun throughout the year! On top of the “Volunteer of the Month” recognition, we have a “Volunteer of the Year” award at the Annual Volunteer Christmas party. In addition to the award, we have lots of great food, entertainment and door prizes.

In the Spring, we have a volunteer party as a way to thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. This year was our best party ever – we had lots of great food, desserts and fun games. Throughout the year, we celebrate the different holidays with some type of celebration – Christmas, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, etc.

Everyone is needed – everyone is valued.

Want to be a volunteer at Lakeland Volunteers In Medicine? Contact Volunteer Coordinator Lee Rowand

lrowand@lvim.net or 863.688.5846 x116

 

Celebrating 2,000 hours: Korina Masters

 

“Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine has been one of the most profound experiences of my life.”

Korina R. Masters has reached a milestone of 2000 volunteer hours. She has been with LVIM since the beginning, giving more than 2,000 hours of her time in more than 11 years. Korina heard about LVIM years ago during a presentation given at her temple about the dream of providing free health care services. The message inspired her to donate her time to this important cause.

Korina works as an intake screener and scheduler at the front desk, controlling and managing hundreds of daily appointments and patients. The most rewarding part of her job is seeing the patients that have been coming to LVIM for years, and are now feeling much better than before.

Her fellow staff members keep Korina coming back, and she says, “Volunteers care deeply and go beyond any call of duty to accommodate patients. In most cases, we do what would be considered impossible; but for us, the volunteers, nothing is impossible.”

Korina has a child and grandchildren that live in the northeast, but she rarely gets lonely- Korina feels like the “marriage to LVIM” has had one of the greatest impacts on her, and she has become dedicated to improving the lives of others.