All welcome to lend a hand at community health clinic


April 18-24 is volunteer appreciation week, and FHCC has plenty of options for college students who want to help out the clinic of need volunteer hours.

FHCC, Flint Hills Community Clinic, is an organization that provides health care to those who cannot afford it. Their mission is to understand and serve the health and wellness needs of the medically under-served in our community by providing quality, compassionate and personalized care.

FHCC is always looking for administrative volunteers to help with data entry, filing, answering phones and even assisting within cleaning the facility. They especially need clinical volunteers though, so if you are a CNA, EMT or have any medical certification, your time would be greatly appreciated. FHCC can also provide internships to college students in fields such as nursing, accounting, Spanish and public relations.

Sandra Salas, a K-State student who is currently perusing a degree in Biology with an ultimate goal of medical school, explains, “Volunteering at the clinic has allowed me exposure to the medical field in general. It has also allowed me to help the Hispanic community in Manhattan, because I am able to interpret for them. I think that this is vital in their care because this way all of their medical concerns are addressed and they do not feel as intimidated to talk to a physician.”

Salas also said, “I really enjoy volunteering at the clinic because all of the volunteer staff is fun to work with. Not only are the volunteer staff great but so are Meghan and Sue Ann. They are both very devoted to their work and also enjoyable to be around. This makes volunteering easier, and more enjoyable.”

Another way to help if you are in a school organization, fraternity or sorority is to have a fundraiser and donate the money raised to the clinic. FHCC is a non-profit organization so they rely on donations to continue to help the community.

If you would like to support FHCC it is located at 401 Houston Street and you can contact Meghan Finnegan or Sue Ann Wright at 785-323-4351. Donations are accepted by mail or you are welcome to stop by the clinic.