FAQ’s COVID Care Force™
What kind of volunteer opportunities are there?
The needs are changing daily as the pandemic grows. The greatest need right now is for doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and nursing assistants. We also have opportunities for emergency medical technicians, nurse graduates, and other healthcare professionals. All specialities and clinical backgrounds are welcome to apply.
Does this require travel?
Yes, our mission is to serve the most vulnerable communities in the United States and the world. We currently have volunteers serving at various locations throughout the Navajo Nation in New Mexico and Arizona with more to come!
How long would I serve?
We are currently asking that each volunteer commits to a two week deployment. The dates for deployment will be available upon application. You are always more than welcome to extend your deployment if you choose.
What about my housing?
Appropriate housing will be provided by CCF. Site specific information will be available upon application.
Will I have to cover my own expenses?
COVID Care Force will cover all transportation and housing fees as well as food expenses. Volunteers should be prepared to cover their own incidentals.
Can I serve as a part of a team?
Some volunteer assignments will make provisions for small teams to serve together at the same hospital. Other volunteer assignments will be available for individuals who are willing to serve in a solo assignment. If you are interested in signing up as a team please email email@example.com.
Will I be taking care of COVID patients?
It depends on the assignment, some requests from hospitals will be for volunteers to care for COVID patients. Other hospitals have wards or sections for non-COVID patients, and volunteers will be asked to serve there.
Will I be given PPE (personal protective equipment)?
The hospitals we serve are responsible for distributing PPE. We will not knowingly send a volunteer to a site without the guarantee of adequate PPE.
Do I need to be actively licensed or registered in my profession?
The regulations on licensure waivers are continuing to evolve. New York has made the process of registering to volunteer in New York City very simple and fast. The members of our first team were approved within 24 hours of them submitting their credentials. We expect many other states will follow New York’s lead, allowing healthcare professionals, even retired ones, to quickly and easily be licensed and approved to volunteer.
Will I be provided health insurance?
We wish we could provide health insurance to all volunteers, but that is not possible at this point. We will continue to look for health insurance options for our volunteers through the open market, as well as through Federal or State established options.