Volunteers give generously of themselves and are the heart and soul of Solidarity Bridge. They give generously of their time, talent, and resources to heal and empower the people of Latin America. Whether volunteering at home or abroad, their actions and experiences enrich their own lives and the lives of others.
Medical Mission Trip Volunteers (Missioners)
We are currently seeking a surgical nurse, dermatologist, and gastroenterologist to join us on our September mission trips. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information as soon as possible. The need is great, won't you join us this fall?
Solidarity Bridge missioners are compassionate individuals who travel with us to Bolivia.
Learn more about becoming a missioner, meet some current missioners, learn what happens on medical mission trips, and why we go on them.
Ready to apply to become a missioner? Here is the required Missioner application form.
Nurse Jackie went on her first Solidarity Bridge mission trip in September 2015 to Univalle Hospital in Cochabamba. She is also a frequent visitor in the office, sorting supplies, packing suitcases, and just helping out however she can! She even co-hosted one of our 2016 fundraising events at Found Kitchen and Social House in Evanston.
Fr. Bob is Pastor Emeritus of St. Nicholas Parish in Evanston and SB Board Member. In addition to serving on numerous mission trips since 2007, Fr. Bob tirelessly raises support and awareness of the SB mission through visits to parishes in the Chicagoland area. Learn more about Fr.Bob and his reflections on his latest mission to Cochabamba.
Our Gynecology Program is championed by Dr. Carrie Giordano, Chair, OB-GYN Department at the Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago. She offers patients and the Bolivian medical community expertise in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery and other techniques. Dr. Giordano has served on five mission trips since 2009.
“When we provide devices hospitals could not possibly afford and teach surgeons to use them, we’ve created a self-sustaining situation in which people are cared for whether we are present or not,” says Dr. Richard Moser, Neurosurgeon at the University of Massachusetts. As Medical Director of our Neurosurgery Program, Dr. Moser has been an instrumental leader since the program’s inception. As of 2013, he completed his twelfth mission trip.
Dr. Gay Garrett, a General Surgeon in Washington, D.C., has served on five mission trips with Solidarity Bridge since 2010 and is featured in the short film, Heal and Be Healed. “Mission trips are about empowerment. We’re training Bolivian medical teams to carry on this work after we leave,” explains Dr. Garrett. “When we train one person we’re healing many."
Our dedicated office volunteers are a vital resource for our staff. If you live in the Chicago area, consider volunteering at our office, conveniently located in Evanston. Please contact Sofi Porter-Castro (email@example.com) for information about helping with bulk mailings, supply packing, research and other projects. Internships are also available for students.
As an event volunteer with Solidarity Bridge, you will have the opportunity to be an integral part of our annual gala, a memorable, fun-filled celebration in the Chicago area. We also have smaller events during the year that rely on volunteer help. If you would like to get involved with an upcoming event, please contact Sofi Porter-Castro (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Vatsla is a super volunteer who is making a huge impact by using her background in Public Health to help Solidarity Bridge research more effective ways to work in Bolivia and accurately measure our impact there. Vatsla is a native of New Delhi, here temporarily as her husband completes grad school at Kellogg. We are so thankful that she is choosing to spend her time helping to further our mission of healing and empowering!
Marion has been volunteering with Solidarity Bridge for over ten years! She is the go-to person whenever we have bulk mailing and her speed, precision and positive attitude make her always fun to be with. You cannot help but have a smile on your face whenever she’s in the room. Thank you Marion, for all you do!
College, friends, extracurriculars, and volunteering! Jonathan, a freshman at Loyola University, sets aside time in his busy schedule volunteer at Solidarity Bridge. We are so thankful he takes the time to help us out by designing projects and doing whatever needs to get done! His flexibility makes him a valuable member of our team! We wish him luck in attaining his goal of becoming a doctor and making a difference all around the world!
Margaret has truly been a blessing to Solidarity Bridge. She started out as a semi-regular volunteer helping with packing and mailings. As her involvement continued, she began taking on more leadership roles by managing donor databases. She also assists with many other organizational needs. We love how she spreads our mission by bringing in new volunteers and supporters to the SB community. Margaret also went on her first mission trip last year and we hope to see her on many more!
Ever heard of “bulletproof” coffee? Daniel, our resident inventory superstar, swears by this concoction of coffee, butter, and eggs. He is currently finishing his online degree at Phoenix University where he is studying fitness and nutrition. Not only do we love having him share helpful “health hacks”, but his heart for volunteering and for continuing our mission of empowerment is evident in everything he does and to everyone he interacts with. Thank you, Daniel for all you do!!