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Please give a big round of applause to our recent addition in our KIND Clinic! Jason brings skills in phlebotomy and lab procedure to our community. His face will be one of the shiny happy faces you’ll see at your visit!

“Hey y’all! I’m Jason Varndell, and I am originally from a small(ish) city just north of Houston, called Humble (pronounced: um-bull). I made the move to Austin in 2009 to attend the greatest university on the planet, the University of Texas! When I first enrolled at UT I could not figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I enjoyed math, science, and community spirit, and that’s all I knew. Eventually, I developed a love and passion for biological sciences, and in 2013, received my Bachelors Degree in Biology. During my short, 3 years since graduating, I have had the most fun and the most memorable experiences during my time working with non-profit organizations. I am grateful I have been able to work in environments that foster personal growth and promote volunteer opportunities.

Most recently, I was employed by the City of Austin Health Department as an HIV/STI Outreach Community Worker. Every day was unique because I was meeting new people, and I was able to apply my skills in order to help others. That has been the driving force behind most decisions I have made in my life, both personal and professional, my drive to help those in need. This was one of the reasons why I chose to become a volunteer for the Austin PrEP Access  Project in November 2016.

Since my first day as a new volunteer, I have always felt welcomed and a part of the family. I have looked forward to the evenings when I could come and assist in any way I could. I am so happy to now work full time for the KiND Clinic, to be able to help so many people all in one place! I look forward to building even stronger relationships with all the KiND Clinic staff and the population we serve.

Outside of work, I LOVE anything related to music. I love to dance like nobody is watching, or discover new music in my spare time. I also play recreational basketball and frequently find poker tournaments to win around town. If you get a chance, come say hi!”

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