Lunches - Volunteer

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Thank you in advance for your kind offer to prepare lunch for our volunteers. To help your club members have a successful experience, we have tried to standardize our lunches.

We have approximately 100 volunteers at the clinic every Friday and Saturday. Lunch is served from 11:30 until 2pm because with so many people working, they will come in shifts. Please have your members at the clinic in the kitchen by 11am. It is approximately a 2 hour drive to Ensenada from the San Diego border crossing when you use the toll road. Sometimes there is a lot of traffic at the border.

We recommend leaving early. There is a map for your convenience to our clinic on Avenida Mexico on our website ( You should bring at least 4 or 5 people to set up lunch.

You will need to bring paper plates, plastic utensils if needed, napkins. We only keep a small supply of paper goods for emergencies. Successful lunches in the past have included: cold cuts, cheese, bread or sandwich rolls, condiments; salads such as potato, green and/or fruit; cookies, chips, soft drinks or fruit juices, and water. We have also had groups bring casseroles, chile, tamales, pizza. We have a full kitchen with a stove, refrigerator; and there is a BBQ grill if you want to barbecue hamburgers and hot dogs. You will need to bring BBQ utensils if you decide to use the grill.

Please make sure that you have a couple of choices. With 100 volunteers there, we find that the men want a hardy meal while some of the ladies prefer salad and/or fruit. Also, the water and drinks should be plentiful, especially if it’s warm weather. Please plan to stay until 2 p.m. and help with the lunch clean up.

Should there be leftover food, please know that any extra food you bring will not be wasted. Usually if there are leftovers, we have a volunteer take the food to the rescue mission in Ensenada or a local orphanage. We have a gentlemen’s agreement with the rescue mission. They provide overnight housing for our patients who come from out of town. In return, we donate our extra food.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call Kim Muslusky at 858-376-2400. She will be checking in with you a week before the clinic. We ask that your members go to our website and register as a Thousand Smile volunteer. The website will give you prompts to help you register. If you want to stay at the Villa Marina Hotel in Ensenada, you can also register on the website for that. Please be aware that as of January 2008 passports will be needed when you cross the border.

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