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Upcoming Volunteers

Eileen Flynn, Volunteer

is going to Ukraine

After having worked with Ukrainian refugees at RCTV Memoria in Moldova, it was clear how many of them required not just help with housing but also medical and mental health treatments. The Mobile Medical Teams through Global Care Force allows me to be on the ground in Ukraine, where the need is the highest, helping those who cannot escape the ongoing war. So much assistance is needed, so I am volunteering in March and am excited to be part of the solution.

Heidee Sevilla, RN

is going to Ukraine

When the war broke out in Ukraine, I was overwhelmed with the desire to help. It was similar to the pull I felt after 9-11. I had to do something. My heart has been with Ukraine ever since; I feel privileged to use my nursing skills and experience to help. I look forward to volunteering with the Mobile Medical Team in March 2024.

Justin Sipiora, MD

is returning to Ukraine

I am returning to Ukraine in March with Global Care Force because I have continued to be inspired by the resilience and patriotism of the Ukrainian people. I can think of no better way to put my skills as a doctor to use than by providing whatever help I can to these courageous people.

Robert Downs, PA

is going to Ukraine

I’ve always wanted to use my skills and experience to be able to volunteer medical services to those in need. Global Care Force has a comprehensive network that provides continuity of care by sending teams to Ukraine monthly. I am proud to serve as part of the team serving in March.

John Reilly, PA

is going to Ukraine

Medicine is a second career for me and it’s an incredible honor to help others. With the dire circumstances in Ukraine right now, I’ve been saying somebody should do something to help, and it occurred to me in a small part that somebody could be me. I will volunteer with the Global Care Force Mobile Medical Team in March.

Kimberla Nutting, RN

is going to Ukraine

I want to use my unique gifts in whatever way I can to make a positive difference in this world to all the people I can reach. I’m excited to share in the Global Care Force vision as a nurse to volunteer in Ukraine in March. And believe “Whatever it takes” to be flexible, to care, to provide, to serve people in need willingly.

Iryna Durnyeva, NP

is going to Ukraine

I was born and raised in Ukraine, where I obtained my first Nursing degree. From the beginning of the war, I searched for an opportunity to use my skills to help and serve people in my homeland. Serving with the Mobile Medical Team is extremely meaningful for me because it is a very difficult time right now for Ukrainians, with limited access to medicine and medical services. This is causing more chronic conditions and exacerbation of chronic illnesses which require management and treatment. I am excited about volunteering with Global Care Force in April because they provide the best care possible and give hope to people in need.

Darlene Timmerman, RN

is going to Ukraine

I am honored to serve and respond to the desperate Ukrainian healthcare needs with the Global Care Force in April. I want to contribute my nursing skills and experiences to support the people of Ukraine during this very difficult time.

Angela Smith, PA

is going to Ukraine

I want to volunteer in Ukraine in May because I believe in the power of healthcare to transform lives. By providing medical assistance to those in need, I can make a meaningful impact and contribute to the well-being of others. Being a medical volunteer in Ukraine also allows me to gain valuable experience, broaden my perspective, and make a difference in a country that has faced significant challenges.

Thomas Day, Paramedic

is going to Ukraine

Since the invasion of Ukraine, I’ve felt a growing compulsion to use my clinical skills and experience where they are most needed. Global Care Force has provided me with the expertise and opportunity to do so by volunteering with the Mobile Medical Team in Ukraine in May. Little changes and positive impacts quickly snowball into a powerful entity for good when organized effectively. I urge others to consider getting involved with Global Care Force without delay.

Chris May, MD

is returning to Ukraine

I entered medical school to help people who NEED medical care, not just those who can pay for it or have insurance. That priority affected my decision to specialize in emergency medicine and to practice in rural and underserved communities.

After volunteering in Ukraine in December, I saw the number of displaced Ukrainians without health care, and it reminded me why I started working in healthcare in the first place. I am returning in May because the need is great.

Alejandro Gamez, RN

is going to Ukraine

Global Care Force is giving me the opportunity to fulfill my purpose by volunteering my time, knowledge and experience as a medical professional in Ukraine in May. I hope that my services will truly help those in need. Yesterday is only as powerful as we allow it to be but if I can make a little difference in their lives, then I know that I contributed to a brighter day tomorrow.

Leanna Stoufer, Volunteer

is returning to Ukraine

I am so excited to be returning in June! My experience in Ukraine in February was both powerful and humbling. I could see and feel the difference that providing medical and trauma care makes. We got to serve hundreds of people, and their appreciation for seeing people willing to show up was heartwarming. The need for ongoing services is very clear. I cannot wait to return!

Dylan Neel, RN

is returning to Ukraine

My parents instilled a powerful desire to lend a helping hand to those in need. In the Navy, while serving as an Arabic linguist, I saw the devastating effect war has on the people of Iraq and Syria. Now, I have found myself in a position to lend aid to the people of Ukraine. I look forward to returning to help the people of Ukraine get access to healthcare in areas affected by war.

Brian Kaczmarek, RN

is going to Ukraine

I aim to manifest my commitment to making the world a better place through every aspect of my life. Usually, it’s a whole lot of little things adding up, but sometimes our actions can be more significant. The opportunity to volunteer with Global Care Force in July is one I believe to be more significant, an experience that will forever change me, and one through which I believe my contribution may reach people in need who are not easily reached (or who wouldn’t otherwise require such care in the first place), due to circumstances of war.

Brigid Morgan, PA

is returning to Ukraine

‘Go into all the world’ was my motto when I was a missionary in Alaska on short-term medical trips and as a Diplomat traveling the world. My motivation has the same denominator as all the Global Care Force volunteers, to serve others. I served in Ukraine in December with the Mobile Medical Team, and will return again in September.

Volunteers Who Have Served

Thomas Kalinoski, MD

served in Ukraine

I am an Internist from Boston, Massachusetts and am very excited to provide aid to the people of Ukraine through my skills as a healthcare provider. I have a passion for serving those with low resources and access to care and am glad to get the opportunity to do so with Global Care Force in February.

Gail Hacker, MD

served in Ukraine

I was involved in a project to help retrain Ukrainian physicians after the fall of the USSR and fell in love with the people and the culture. I looked for ways to help since this awful invasion began and was fortunate to find Global Care Force. They gave me the opportunity to return to this country and offer support and solitude as well as health care.

Steve Hattamer, MD

served in Ukraine

Providing care to those in their greatest hour of need is an act of kindness that strengthens our entire world. Giving back to a world that has been so kind to us is the right thing to do. That’s why I volunteered in Ukraine in February.

Leanna Stoufer, Volunteer

served in Ukraine

This is my dream opportunity. Since day two of the full-scale invasion, I’ve been seeking ways to be of good service in Ukraine. I’ve found many ways to be involved, but this-being part of a team provided direct, trauma-informed services to civilians in need, which truly filled my heart.

Dylan Neel, RN

served in Ukraine

My parents instilled a powerful desire to lend a helping hand to those in need. Now, I have found myself in a position with skills to help those in need in Ukraine. I volunteered to help the people of Ukraine get access to healthcare in areas affected by war.

Casey Fetterhoff, EMT

served in Ukraine

Since I was 16, I’ve found that the greatest goal in life is to help provide those less fortunate with the same level of care, respect, and comfort that I enjoy. I see no reason why a human being should suffer in any capacity while there are others with the capacity to provide aid to them. I believe everyone deserves the chance to thrive and overcome circumstances beyond their control. Ukraine is an area where thousands are suffering needlessly, and I believe it is the duty of those who are able to aid where we can. That’s why I volunteered with Global Care Force in February 2024.

Jewel Maeda, RN

served in Juárez, Mexico & El Paso, Texas

I acknowledge the humanity and dignity of all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. It is why I volunteered with Global Care Force in January. I want to provide a warm welcome and respectful health care to those who arrive at our border for any reason, especially women and children.

Becky Reeser, RN
Bruce Reeser, Volunteer

served in Juárez, Mexico & El Paso, Texas

Global Care Force is always responding to the needs of people wherever that may be (aboard and at home). The need is great in El Paso and we consider it a privilege to use our skills and time to meet the needs of others by volunteering with Global Care Force.

Heather Shew, RN

served in Ukraine

Inefficacious is my sympathy when unpaired with action. The immense sorrow rendered in me was not enough. God cultivated this desire to go and serve Ukraine in December with the Mobile Medical Team.

Angela Whaley, RN

served in Ukraine

Ukraine holds a special place in my heart after visiting there years earlier, and I have waited for the opportunity to return. The heartbreak and desolation the people of Ukraine have experienced over this past year are unimaginable. Their resolve and resilience are inspirational. With my skills as a nurse and my love for people, I can give back, and I was blessed to volunteer with Global Care Force in December.

Guy and Marilynn Fiocco, MD

served in El Paso, Texas

We believe health is a global human right. That is why Guy and I served in El Paso and Juárez, Mexico, in November to provide medical care for asylum seekers and migrants. We served twice in Ukraine with Global Care Force and were humbled by the courage and strength of the Ukrainian people. We served in El Paso last May and saw that same courage by those traveling to the U.S. border in search of a safer life for their families.

Lisa Fleischer, MD

served in Ukraine

The first time I contemplated becoming a doctor was at age 8. My grandmother took me to tour the SS Hope, a traveling medical facility. Helping others while exploring new places seemed like life for me! I have traveled to several countries, donating my time as a family physician. I volunteered with Global Care Force in Ukraine in November. It was meaningful, well organized and addressed the medical needs of Ukrainians. I was profoundly affected by this deployment and felt we were ambassadors of goodwill and helped to improve lives.

Mary Burns, RN

Served in El Paso, Texas and Juárez, Mexico

One of my greatest joys is to welcome and support refugees and immigrants to our country. Besides providing nursing care to those who need it, I love to give hope to people who have not felt hopeful for a long time, and let them know that they are accepted and welcomed in our country. What makes me happiest is seeing someone who has lost trust in humanity begin to trust again and feel worthy and valued. That glimmer of hope seen in their eyes is wonderful! I am grateful that I volunteered with Global Care Force at the southern border in El Paso and Juárez in November.

Twila Drummond, RN

served in Ukraine

Why did I volunteer in Ukraine in November? They are my “almost family” in clear distress. They are like family because I lived there for nearly 15 years (in Kyiv and villages near Kyiv and Nova Odessa in the south near Mykolaiv) and loved them and became theirs (свои) as well. Like family because while we lived there, we took in two children who became our family and called me Mom and live in the U.S. today. I always do my best to help my loved ones when they are hurting. It is clear to the world that Ukraine is hurting. I want to use my abilities to help.

Brian Cullen, RN

served in Ukraine

I volunteered because I have always been a protector, that is why I served in Ukraine with the Mobile Medical Team in November. I have felt it my duty to help those who cannot help themselves or just need someone to lend them a caring hand. We should always be willing to offer our skills to those who need it most.

Melanie Smith, RN

served in Ukraine

It’s my desire to serve the vulnerable and hurting individuals suffering from distressing circumstances. With great honor, I was blessed to join Global Care Force to volunteer in November as we shared and supported the resilient people of Ukraine.

Don Dunning, Volunteer

served in Gallup, New Mexico

I continue to return to Gallup, New Mexico, to serve as a shelter assistant at St. Joseph’s Soup Kitchen and Shelter because of the impact it has made on my life. Serving alongside the Missionaries of Charity Sisters reaffirms my faith. I find joy and fulfillment in caring for others, that’s why I served in Gallup in September.

Michelle Whitford, MD

served in Ukraine

As the people of Ukraine continue to endure, suffer, and resist the Russian invasion, I remain committed to providing humanitarian aid there. My time there in February was intense and hard but rewarding. I felt my humble contribution towards caring for our patients to my core. I wish I could have stayed longer or done more, which is why I returned and served again in October. The bond I made with the other volunteers lifted up my spirit!

Tre Bono, PA

served in Ukraine

At the end of a 30-year career in HIV research, psychiatry, and primary care medicine, I think my biggest “goal” is to live a life of witness and solidarity. As a retired PA who has kept his medical license and treatment skill set active, I volunteered in Ukraine from September 12-28 as a way to it real, continue to use my skills, go where I am needed, and make a tangible difference.

Jacoby Vaucher, ARNP

served in Ukraine

I volunteered in Ukraine in October to provide care to individuals who otherwise may not have access to medical care. As a PA, I feel volunteering my skills and time is a way I can help give back to the Ukrainian people. I was blessed to be part of the Global Care Force Team.

Tara Stratton, MD

served in Ukraine

The resiliency and strength of Ukrainian people has been a great inspiration to people all around the globe. The struggles in Ukraine are far from over, and too many people continue to go without basic necessities including health care. I was fortunate to volunteer with Global Care Force in October and to be able to provide high-quality medical care to the citizens of Ukraine who have so little and have been through so much.

Stephen Kineke, MD
Ann Schwanda, RN

served in Ukraine

Stephen and I served with Global Care Force’s mobile medical clinic in Ukraine in February and returned in October. Many of the villages where we served were devastated by Russian soldiers and left residents traumatized. The clinics are often the only source of primary care and free medicines for the civilians in these locations. The faith, courage, and resilience of the Ukrainian people is inspiring and the ability to serve in this area of need is a blessing.

Dana Allen

Chance Shaffner, Paramedic

served in Ukraine

I joined the Mobile Medical Team in Ukraine from September 12-24 to serve those in need and share the company of like-minded individuals who feel called to help the Ukrainian people in their time of need.

Mark Haffey, Blake Thompson, Greg Sheffer

served in Ukraine

We are three life-long friends that want to use our talents to help the world. We have traveled together to places like Africa, Haiti and Canada. In September, we went with Global Care Force to Ukraine. Global Care Force is providing critical and essential medical care in response to the grave atrocity affecting the people of Ukraine.

Mark (Nurse Anesthesiologist) volunteered with the medical team providing much needed primary care services. Blake (Media Producer) and Greg (Filmmaker) volunteered by producing video pieces for Global Care Force’s work. Please support Global Care Force’s medical work in Ukraine with a generous donation.

Lucy Mckeon, MD

served in Rosarito

I returned to Rosarito, Mexico to serve with the Missionaries of Charity Sisters from July 18 to August 2, 2023 to provide primary care for elderly men experiencing chronic illness and homelessness. Caring for these dear men and serving alongside the Sisters is a true blessing!

Ken Jenks, PA

served in El Paso

It was an honor to serve in El Paso with Global Care Force from July 23 to August 3, 2023. I have volunteered in Mexico and the United States at the border since 2018. That is when I learned of the deaths of two Guatemalan immigrant children who died in separate incidents after they crossed into the United States from dehydration, liver failure, and complications from influenza.

Eduardo Resto, RN and Amy Graf, LPN

served in Ukraine

If we can make a difference in someone’s life, that’s good, but is that enough? How can we know if our beliefs are solid if we don’t put them to the test, and how can we see the light if we don’t look at the dark! I volunteered with the mobile medical team in Ukraine in November 2022 and the experience was profound. I returned to serve again from July 4-20 with my wife, Amy Graf. We’ve had many blessings, and it’s our way to give back. The resiliency of the Ukrainian people is inspiring, and I was fortunate to see the patients again.

Alla Kapustina, PA

served in Ukraine

I am Alla Kapustina, a Physician Assistant currently practicing in New York. As I was born and raised in Borzna, Ukraine, participating in a medical mission during times of conflict was extremely meaningful to me. I volunteered with Global Care Force from July 4-20 and was able to provide much-needed care and support to those who have been impacted by the war. I aspire to bring hope and healing to communities that have been devastated by violence and loss.”

Dana Allen

Jewel Maeda, RN

served in El Paso

I acknowledge the humanity and dignity of all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. I wish to provide welcoming and respectful health care to those who arrive at our border for any reason, especially women and children. I volunteered with Global Care Force from July 5-19 to care for those in need.

Nicholas Baker, PA

served in Ukraine

I am inspired and awed by the strength of the Ukrainian people as they fight through this devastating tragedy inflicted upon them. I wanted a way to help, and was blessed to serve in Ukraine with Global Care Force from July 4-20 to provide primary medical care to people in need there.

Micaela Marker, PA

served in Ukraine

I have long felt called to help people that find themselves suffering from unexpected circumstances. I was humbled to serve with Global Care Force from July 4-20 to restore some consistent medical care to the people in Ukraine whose lives have been completely upturned by a war they did not choose.

Kristeen Ryan, RN

served in Ukraine

My husband and I have served the Church of the Nazarene as pastors and missionaries for 40 years. Since retiring from active nursing in 2019, I have prayed about opportunities to serve internationally. I feel my experience would be useful in Ukraine, so I was blessed to serve with Global Care Force from July 4-20. There could not be a more needed place to show the love of God than in Ukraine.

Dana Allen

Rebecca Porter, RN

served in Ukraine

I served with the Mobile Medical Clinic in Ukraine in July because I felt called to support the Ukrainian people who remain resilient in the face of the Russian invasion. I was happy to know my training and experience as a nurse made a difference. I am awed by the strength, bravery, and solidarity of the Ukrainian people.

David Hilmers, MD

served in Ukraine

I have been doing medical missions in countries around the world for over 20 years. I have a special connection with Ukraine because my son was working and living in Kyiv around the time the war started. I deployed with the Mobile Medical team from June 13-30 and was honored to serve the Ukrainian people.

Doug Amis, PA

served in Ukraine

I was honored to serve in Ukraine in November 2022 with the primary care team and served again from June 13-30. The Ukrainian people are the kindest, most beautiful people and they have suffered greatly. Global Care Force’s mobile medical clinics play a lot of catch up with these patients who went too long without medical treatment. I returned because medical volunteers are needed to continue caring for the Ukrainian people.

Guy and Marilynn Fiocco, MD

served in El Paso

We believe health is a global human right. That is why Guy and I served in El Paso from June 3-17 to provide medical care for asylum seekers and migrants. We served twice in Ukraine with Global Care Force and were humbled by the courage and strength of the Ukrainian people. That same courage is shown by those traveling to the U.S. border in search of a safer life for their families.

Victor Otero, MD

served in El Paso

When I started my medical career my goal was to bring the best primary care possible to everyone who needs it. Back home, I have served during earthquakes, storms, and difficult times when people require more than medicine, a touch of humanity so hope is never lost. When I heard about the opportunity to serve in Ukraine, I was motivated to go, but the timing was not right. Now in El Paso there is a medical necessity that Global Care Force is responding to, and I was more than thankful for the opportunity to volunteer from June 3-10 to bring relief to a population that is in need.

Jayme Hanrahan, RN

served in Ukraine

I am fortunate I grew up in a family that values service and helping people. I’ve worked with government and nonprofit organizations in disaster response, advocacy, fundraising, and volunteer management. Later, I went to nursing school to become an RN. The people of Ukraine are hurting and need help. I was privileged to serve with the Global Care Force mobile medical team from May 2-19 to assist communities who have lost access to basic healthcare. Please consider supporting other medical volunteers as we serve the Ukrainian people in their time of need.

Guy and Marilynn Fiocco, MD

served in Ukraine

Guy and I were humbled by the courage and strength of the Ukrainian people when we volunteered last November with Global Care Force’s mobile medical clinic. We deployed for a second time from May 2-19 to provide primary care to Ukrainians in locations where the clinic is the only opportunity for patients to receive care and free medications. We were blessed to serve the people of Ukraine.

Kristopher Kuszak, PA

served in Ukraine

I’m unbelievably blessed to have been entrusted with the gift God gave me for providing medical care to my local community. Medical missions have always intrigued me, but I’ve never had the opportunity to take part until I served with Global Care Force in Ukraine from May 2-19 providing primary medical care to those in need. It is easy to feel disconnected to the war in Ukraine since it’s thousands of miles away, especially when it seems there is no way for us to effect change. This trip with Global Care Force was a way that I could make a small but actionable difference.

Brad Yarbrough, Volunteer

served in Ukraine

The people of Ukraine desperately need help. You would personally deliver it if circumstances permitted. I am grateful that I was able to volunteer in this war-torn country from May 2-19. I’ve been to Ukraine many times over the past 15 years and had the privilege to work with businesses and government leaders who want to make positive societal changes. The people, like us, want freedom and a healthy culture in which to raise families. Many friends have now fled Ukraine, while scores of others are fighting for their national freedom. Please consider supporting future volunteers in delivering critical medical care to communities where services have been terribly disrupted. Global Care Force volunteers represent you and your love to Ukrainians. They need to know that we care.

Peter Stefanski, MD

served in Ukraine

Since the war in Ukraine began, I’ve been impressed by the courage and resolve of the Ukrainian people. That’s why I volunteered with Global Care Force’s mobile medical clinic from April 11-29. I am inspired by the Ukrainian people.

Wesley Clark, MD

served in Ukraine

 I volunteered with Global Care Force from May 2-19 because like many of us not directly affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, I felt strongly that I want to do something to help. Somewhere deep down inside, I do believe in human progress, and I really thought that this – the invasion of a small country by a big one for the purposes of territorial conquest – was a thing of the past. The Ukrainians are, with great bravery, saying “this is no longer acceptable,” and we who agree with them need to help them say it. My most useful skills are medical; it is with those skills that I can be most helpful, and it is those skills I want to offer.

Carlyn Coates, PA

served in Ukraine

Medicine has always called to me as a way to serve others. I want to be able to make a difference in the lives of those around the world, but I often feel too small or insignificant to make actual changes or impact. I volunteered in Ukraine from April 11-28 to serve those in crisis and give back a little of what has been given to me and be a force for good in a time of darkness.

Svetlana Reznikova, Physician

served in Ukraine

Having been born and raised in Ukraine, this war is especially difficult to watch from afar. I volunteered with Global Care Force from April 11-28 in the mobile clinics, caring for those in need and who’ve had a hard time accessing medical care. It was an honor to work alongside other volunteers doing the same.

Kristina Shaffer-Zard, RN

served in Ukraine

Like all of us, I was heartbroken watching the devastating and unfortunate events unfold in Ukraine. I have dedicated my entire career to easing the burden of my suffering patients, and a situation like this called to my heart. I want to help where I can, heal those in need, and more than anything provide comfort, compassion and humanity to those living through the trauma of the past year. That’s why I served with Global Care Force from April 11-28, providing medical relief, in hope to make a positive impact during such a catastrophic time.

David Morgan Peterson, PA

served in Ukraine

I prayed for a way to be of help in Ukraine, then Global Care Force opened a door that I am ready to walk through! I joined a mobile medical team from March 7 – 24 to provide primary and urgent care to Ukrainians impacted by the war. I hate the war and the pain that it brings. I hope I made a difference by being part of this team.

Zachary Bair, DO

served in Ukraine

As an Emergency Physician, I have dedicated my life to helping others. The feeling of being useful and of knowing I helped someone in their time of need motivates me every day. Like the rest of the world, I was horrified watching the war in Ukraine unfold. I knew I wanted to help in any way possible. I was honored to volunteer in Ukraine from April 11-27 with Global Care Force’s mobile clinic team. Please consider donating to GCF to help support these incredibly important missions.

Anthony Albrecht, ER Assistant

served in Ukraine

I believe every person deserves access to quality healthcare, regardless of their circumstances. That’s why I volunteered in Ukraine April 11-28 with Global Care Force. I want to make a meaningful impact in the lives of those in need. I chose Global Care Force’s Primary Care Team because I knew volunteering in Ukraine would allow me to gain valuable experience and personal growth (ahead of PA school this June), to make a positive difference in the world. FTK (For the Kids)!

James Marcum, PA

served in Ukraine

I’ve always told my kids to treat others well and to have no regrets on what you should have done. I am at the stage in my career where I felt I needed to do more rather than sit on the sidelines and watch what is going on in Ukraine. I knew if I didn’t do something now and take this opportunity to serve, I would regret it. I could have donated money, but I have a skill that I can offer to help others who are seeing their country slowly being destroyed. That’s why I volunteered with the mobile medical team from March 7-24.

Toni Magalei, RN

served in Ukraine

I graduated from nursing school at the start of the pandemic. Before starting my career, I had the opportunity to volunteer in the Chickasaw Nation with COVID Care Force (now Global Care Force). It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Now as a “seasoned” nurse, I am ready to expand and serve communities beyond my own, which is why I volunteered in Ukraine from March 7-24. I’ve been blessed in this life, and I strongly desire to dedicate my life to bridging the gap in health disparities in the world.

Merrill Conant, MD

served in Ukraine

When I heard about Global Care Force and their work helping people with medical needs in dramatically underserved locations, my heart told me I needed to get involved. On further investigation, my head told me that I do have something to offer, my medical skills, and the time is right. That is why I am went to Ukraine March 7-24 with a Primary Care Team to provide medical care and support to people in need.

Aaron Mishler, RN

served in Ukraine

I’ve always believed in what I call “fighting the good fight,” helping those who need help and trying to repair what’s broken in the world. That’s why I went to Ukraine February 7-24, 2023 to serve with a primary care team. The people in Ukraine need help, and I would feel terrible if one day my daughter asked me why those people are suffering, and I could only say that I could have helped but chose not to, so I raised my hand to go. But most importantly, it was the right thing to do.

Michelle Whitford, MD

served in Ukraine

I first heard of Global Care Force early in the pandemic as Native American reservations were flooded with cases and they came recommended by colleagues. I served with them in Ukraine from February 7-24 and hopefully provided a little light and compassion, contributing whatever I could.

Michelle Martinez-Torrez, PA

served in Ukraine

It was an honor to serve our Ukrainian brothers and sisters who have endured so much in the last year and have needs beyond our imagination. As I served in Ukraine from February 7-24, I prayed for God to give me courage, knowledge, and strength, and to provide the resources needed to care for Ukrainians who have endured much in the last year. I am grateful for the opportunity to expand God’s love while helping bring medical relief in Ukraine. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Monte Schmidt, Volunteer

served in Ukraine

Immediately upon hearing an interview with a Ukrainian Nazarene Pastor at the beginning of the war, I felt called to go and help. My wife and I volunteered twice in 2022 in Przemysl, Poland, at the Ukrainian border. I served in Ukraine with Global Care Force February 7-24. Global Care Force is an ideal way to make a positive impact on the people of Ukraine.

Richard Patnoe, Volunteer

served in Ukraine

I want to be helpful to others suffering hardship, trauma and deprivation. That is why I will volunteered with Global Care Force in Ukraine from February 7-24. It was my way to pay back to those less fortunate since I’ve had a good home, good parents, and an appreciative family.

Ryan Butler, DO

served in Ukraine

My volunteer service in Ukraine was an amazing opportunity. I served 17 days in December with the mobile medical teams. We helped hundreds of people who are likely going through the worst experience of their lives. Despite this, Ukrainians have been overwhelmingly hospitable and grateful for our help. They are resilient and determined people. Please consider supporting future volunteers to continue caring for the Ukrainian people.

Josh Wallbrecht, MD

served in Ukraine

I served with the mobile medical team in Ukraine in December. Global Care Force provided an opportunity to serve the medical needs of the Ukrainian people, who have weighed heavy on my heart since the war began. Please consider supporting future volunteers serving in Ukraine.

Sonia Santana, Medical Assistant

served in Ukraine

In December, I served in Ukraine with the primary care team because I wanted to try and make a difference in someone’s life. The faces of words and gratitude amid the tragedy and destruction will remain engraved in my memory forever. Please consider supporting future volunteers in Ukraine.

Cath Glennon, RN

served in Ukraine

I became a nurse because I have a heart for caring for those in need. Instead of sitting on the sidelines and watching what was happening in Ukraine, I decided to volunteer with the primary care team in December. I urge you to please consider supporting future volunteers serving in Ukraine.

Jodi Cook, Surgical Technologist

served in Rosarito, Mexico

I feel God sent me to care for the elderly men in Rosarito. I traveled to Mexico in November to serve as a caregiver for these sweet men. I love working alongside the Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity to provide wound care, physical therapy, administer medications, and anything else they need help with so these men know they are loved and respected. Please consider supporting future volunteers to Rosarito.

Ginny Gregory, NP

served in Ukraine

I was truly blessed to serve the people of Ukraine whose healthcare system had been disrupted by the war. I served with a primary care team in October and I hope in some small way made someone feel less afraid and not forgotten. Please consider supporting future volunteers to Ukraine.

Kirsten Larson, RN

served in Ukraine

As a nurse, I feel called to help those in need – to make someone’s bad day a little better. In October, I served in Ukraine with a primary care team. Serving the Ukrainian people whose lives have been so profoundly disrupted was a humbling experience. They continue to need our help. Please consider supporting future volunteers to Ukraine.

Stuart Richards, PA

served in Ukraine

I have spent my whole life helping others both as a civilian and in the government. I volunteered in Ukraine in October because I believe the work Global Care Force and others do is critically important both on a humanitarian front and also on a diplomatic front. Please consider supporting future volunteers to Ukraine.

Robert Winokur, MD

served in Ukraine

The need is obvious for the citizens of Ukraine, which is why I served in October with a primary care team. It was a privilege and an honor to serve those in need and provide much needed care and comfort to the Ukrainian people. Please consider supporting future volunteers to Ukraine.

 

Patrick Jordan, GP

served in Ukraine

My heart is in medical missions, and going where the need is great. That is why I served in Ukraine in October with Global Care Force providing primary care to Ukrainians who remain in the country they love so dearly. Please consider supporting future volunteers to Ukraine.

 

Andrew Villa, MD and Renee Villa

served in Ukraine

Andrew and I served on a primary and urgent care team in Ukraine from September 10-25. Andrew and I had a deep desire to go and serve those enduring the effects of the war and those bravely defending their country. Global

Care Force provided the unique opportunity to serve Ukrainians in more rural areas with less access to necessities and medical care, and also to assist local contacts with the work they are doing.

Stephen Kineke, MD

served in Ukraine

I deployed with the first Global Care Force primary and urgent care team in Ukraine from September 10-25. What is happening in Ukraine is heartbreaking and I felt the need to help. I will be returning with a team in February 2023.

 

Rebecca Reeser

served in Ukraine

I went back to school and embraced a second career in nursing so I could do medical missions. I deployed to Ukraine from September 10-25 where my hope was to be the hands and feet of Jesus and care for the Ukrainian people to they know they are not forgotten.

 

FAQ

What is “Connect to Care”?

“Connect to Care” is a hub for people to donate to a volunteer raising funds to cover the expenses of their volunteer service, helping them have a successful volunteer experience!

How are the fundraising goals calculated?

Fundraising goals are projected costs associated with the volunteer service, including travel, lodging, meals, and administrative services.

Who does my donation support?

Donations can be directed to individuals fundraising for a volunteer service or as an unrestricted gift to Global Care Force in support of any volunteer service in under-resourced communities.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes! Global Care Force is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Ready to volunteer?

GCF is seeking qualified medical volunteers to respond and care for displaced Ukrainians. Volunteers must be fluent in Ukrainian and/or Russian and able to volunteer for 14 days or more.