Diego Gomez is a sophomore neuroscience student at Creighton University. While many college students would choose to sleep in during the weekends, at 9 a.m. every other Saturday, Gomez can be found in our clinics volunteering with OneWorld’s diabetes education classes.
During the mornings he volunteers, he sets up the classroom before patients arrive and prepares all the necessary paperwork, then he greets patients as they arrive and gives them information about their A1C levels. During the class, he works to ensure that patients are comfortable and able to comprehend the presented material.
“I oftentimes sit next to patients who may have greater difficulty reading or writing and help them understand some of the concepts,” he said.
Gomez learned about OneWorld through his research mentor at Creighton, a physician who occasionally sees patients from OneWorld. After hearing his mentor say that his OneWorld patients are “some of the kindest and friendliest patients,” Gomez contacted Tiffany Nguyen, OneWorld’s volunteer coordinator, looking for volunteer opportunities.
“I told Tiffany I was passionate about health and education, and I wanted to use my Spanish speaking abilities,” he said. “She thought the diabetes education classes would be a good fit for me since it allowed me to use my language abilities and interact with others.”
According to Gomez, it can be hard to find time to volunteer, especially as a college student, but Nguyen worked with him to find an opportunity that fit his busy schedule. Now, he is able to spend his Saturday mornings doing what he loves: helping diverse groups of people better understand their health.
“Volunteering allows me to give my time to a cause that I believe in,” he said. “I think we all have talents and abilities—in my case, languages and a passion for education—that we can use to make an impact in our communities.”
Gomez has now volunteered at OneWorld for three months, and he wants to encourage others who might be thinking about volunteering to reach out for more information.
“Contact OneWorld to find out if there are any opportunities that suit your interests,” he said. “Everyone at OneWorld, from the staff to the patients, is extremely friendly and compassionate. I enjoy volunteering at a company whose values align with my own and whose mission is to help everyone regardless of their socioeconomic status.”
Volunteers are always needed and welcome at OneWorld. Angie Washington, OneWorld’s Volunteer Supervisor, works to help people find rewarding volunteer roles that are suited to their individual talents and strengths. If you’re interested in volunteering, please visit www.oneworldomaha.org/volunteer and fill out the volunteer application online. For more information, call Angie at (402) 502-8917 or email her at email@example.com. Not all volunteers need to speak Spanish.
Student clinical volunteer positions are also available for medical, dental, behavioral health and pharmacy students who are interested in applying for our Clinical Student Program. For more information about the program, please click here or contact our Clinical Student Program Coordinator, Tay Orr, at (402) 502-8860.