Volunteer Testimonials 2017-06-27T11:08:47+00:00

Meet a few of our volunteers and read their stories


Dr. VanVeen & Amanda

 Dr. Tom VanVeen started volunteering with Salem Free Clinics (SFC) in June 2008 when we were still at Walker Middle School seeing patients in cubicles made up of PVC pipe and sheets. He has faithfully served two Saturdays a month until his retirement from SFC and his practice in Mill City at the end of March 2017. Dr VanVeen provided compassionate and loving care.

Amanda Bortnem, RN, has been Dr. VanVeen’s valued clinic assistant for the past eight years. Amanda is retiring from volunteering at SFC to dedicate more time to her family. These two committed volunteers have truly exemplified our ethos of treating patients with dignity and respect.


Salem Free Clinic Volunteer Testimonial from Lucila” I started as a Western Oregon University intern at the Salem Free Clinics (SFC) back in May 2015 and I have remained a volunteer since then. I enjoy the atmosphere of the clinic because the staff and volunteers that dedicate their time are very passionate and enjoy giving back to their community. I help out by interpreting for Spanish speaking patients during their entire visit process. I get to see how much of a difference it makes once the language barriers are bridged. I would hope to see more volunteer interpreters at SFC, not just Spanish but other languages as well. There is a huge need in our community.”


vern-sfc-volunteer“I retired in 2009 after working for 30+ years as a Mental Health RN. My volunteering at Salem Free Clinics began in April, 2015. What drew me to SFC was the opportunity to give back to the community, using the profession in which I was trained, to a patient population that is desperately looking for healthcare from caring professionals. I have found the staff and volunteers to be welcoming. Everyone I have volunteered with is excited about being here. I feel privileged to serve Christ at this facility. Each clinic is started with prayer and I’m thankful to be a part of the emotional and physical healing that takes place here at SFC.”


linda-sfc-volunteer“After retiring as an RN I looked for a place to volunteer. I knew Salem Free Clinics was the place for me after my first time volunteering because of an encounter with a patient. This person had tried several locations and providers to help with insulin and diabetes management. This person came into SFC weeping because of the situation, but was able to be seen by a provider and have desperate needs met. I have since volunteered at SFC for about 7 years as a dispensary nurse. I continue to volunteer because I love the people who walk through our doors and the awesome people I volunteer with.”