Work with healthcare providers in free clinics, hospitals, or philanthropies devoted to specific health concerns and disease prevention, care, and recovery.

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Make an appointment with the service track coordinator or come to office hours


Contact: Caroline Nice, Health Related Service Track Coordinator


Office Hours: Wednesday 3 - 5 pm & Thursday 11 am -4 pm

Location: Center for Community Engagement- DSU 180

Location: 11835 Canon Blvd., Suite A102, Newport News, VA



American Cancer Society


Contact: Sharon O'berry


Phone: 757-591-8330 (option 3)

Location: 11835 Canon Blvd., Suite A102, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: The American Cancer Society is the world's largest and oldest volunteer organization. Our goal is to eliminate cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

Volunteer Needs: Assist with organizing activities and programs for Prostate and Breast Cancer Awareness months, Great American Smoke Out and other health education programs. Assistance with Relay For Life is needed January to June.

Volunteer Site: CNU campus, ACS office

Volunteer Days/Hours: Flexible; Office work is done Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm

American Heart Association- Hampton Roads


Contact: Gina-Marie Falso, Director of Development


Phone: 757-628-2604

Location: 4669 South Boulevard, Suite. 103 Virginia Beach, VA

Organization Description:  Heart disease and stroke are the #1 cause of death in Virginia. The American Heart Association strives builds healthier lives where you live and work by advocating for key health issues. We train millions of Americans each year in CPR and first aid, and educate healthcare providers every day. in the community, health care, education and research. 

Volunteer Needs: Office support; Event support: prepare pre-event materials; event set-up; manage stations; engage with participants at events; break down for events. 

Hours: We will work with you! Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm; Event hours are flexible, usually held on weekends at various locations.


American Red Cross - Hampton Roads


Contact: Debra Sutton, Administrative Coordinator


Phone: 757-838-7320

Location: 1323 W. Pembroke Avenue, Hampton, VA

Organization Description: Non-profit, volunteer led organization that helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Volunteer Needs: Assist with blood drives, fundraising, office assistance/data entry, community education/public awareness, special projects and events

Volunteer Days/Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00 pm

Children's Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD)


Contact: Joy Parker, Volunteer Services Director

Email: OR

Phone: 757-668-7195

Location: 601 Children's Lane, Norfolk, VA

Organization Description: CHKD is a nonprofit pediatric hospital. Our mission is to provide the highest level quality of healthcare and programs to children.

Volunteer Needs: Volunteer opportunities include direct service interacting with patients in the playroom and at the bedside, and providing administrative support for staff. Positions available at hospitals in downtown Norfolk and Newport News, and multiple physicians’ offices throughout the area. 

Volunteer Days/Hours: M-F: 10 am–2 pm; 1–5 pm; 4–8 pm or 6–8 pm; Sat & Sun: 10 am–2pm, 1–5 pm

Special Restrictions/Requirements: Minimum 60 hour volunteer commitment. 18 years old, Criminal check, proof of immunization status and current TB skin test.


Community Free Clinic of Newport News


Contact Email:

Phone: 757-594-4060

Location: 727 25th Street, Newport News, VA 23607

Organization Description: The Community Free Clinic of Newport News is a non-profit organization providing continuous, compassionate, high quality primary and dental care for the uninsured residents of the Virginia Peninsula.

Volunteer Needs: Contact Clinic for current volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Days/Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center


Contact: Bentley Streat, Volunteer Coordinator


Phone: 757-566-1775

Location: 10120 Fire Tower Road, Toano, VA

Organization Description: Dream Catchers provides therapeutic riding and other horse-related activities to special needs individuals in a caring and safe environment. As a Premier Accredited member of PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, Int'l), we serve an average of 100 students weekly with a wide range of needs. Learning to interact with their equine partner, our students experience the unique benefits of equine assisted activities and therapies to improve their overall quality of life.

Volunteer Needs: Assist with riding lessons as groomers, side-walkers, & horse leaders; Help with barn work; Assist in fundraising activities; Assist with office duties (database mgmt, phone calls, filing)

Volunteer Days/Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 9am - 7pm, Saturday 9am - 2pm; Hours vary by season (Winter 9:30am-6pm)

Edmarc Hospice for Children


Contact: Kristen Jones, Community Resource Coordinator


Phone: 757-967-9251

Location: 516 London Street, Portsmouth, VA; Volunteer sites may also vary depending on the volunteer activity chosen.

Organization Description: The mission of Edmarc Hospice for Children is to ease the trauma of a child’s illness or death, and to reduce the disabling effects of pediatric illness, loss, and bereavement on families in the Hampton Roads Area. For 36 years, Edmarc has focused on the whole family, helping to alleviate the confusion, stress and heartache of over 3,500 children, parents and siblings. Our broad range of services not only ensures that the child’s physical and emotional needs are met but that the multi-dimensional needs of the child's family are addressed, too. We help families get back to what is most important: taking care of each other.

Volunteer Needs: Volunteers can work directly with children and their families by providing child care while parents are at support group meetings, being a "Family Friend" to support siblings or a Mother's Helper to support caregivers, being a "Hospital Pal" while parents are away, providing transportation or translation services, or being a "Peace Pal" or facilitator at support group meetings. Volunteers are also an integral part of building Edmarc's organizational capacity through activities such as public relations or fundraising support, being a special events assistant, or working on the newsletter or other office support functions. In addition, our large annual events, such as the Parent's Retreat, Camp M.A.G.I.C, Christmas activities and holiday gift baskets, and the annual picnic, all rely on the support of volunteers.

Volunteer Days/Hours: Edmarc's main office hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Volunteer hours will vary depending on the volunteer activity chosen.

Special Restrictions/Requirements: All volunteers must have a complete background check and attend a brief training session. Depending on the volunteer position chosen, other training may also be needed.

Hampton Fire & Rescue

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Contact:  Liz Bair, Recruitment Administrator


Phone: 757-325-4981

Location: 1300 Thomas Street, Hampton, VA 23669

Organization Description: Hampton Volunteer Fire Department provides fire protection, emergency medical services and environmental protection for the city's residents alongside the full time fire department.

Volunteer Needs: Volunteers will be trained in firefighting and as an Emergency Medical Technician.

Volunteer Days/Hours: Flexible; 24/7

Special Requirements: Minimum 24 hours a month volunteer time. Must complete background check, physical agility test, and pass all classes.

Heartland Hospice


Contact: Crystal Harris, Volunteer Coordinator


Phone: 757-594-8215

Location: 41 Old Oyster Point Road, Suite D, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: The mission of Heartland Hospice is to proide quality hospice care to clients with a limited life expectancy, as well as, support to their caregivers. The quality of life for those we serve is enhanced through palliative and specialized supportive care designed to meet the physical, psychosocial, social and spiritual needs of the clients and caregivers.

Volunteer Needs: Volunteers are an essential part of the Heartland experience and are provided with the necessary trainining to spend time with hospice patients at their homes or in a facility. Volunteer opportunities include: 

  • Helping with office support tasks at the agency

  • Running errands for patients and families

  • Staying with patients so family members can get a much-needed rest

  • Reading, or providing a comforting touch

  • Playing or singing soothing music to patients

  • Keeping vigil with patients in their final hours

  • Providing a friendly visit to lift a patient's spirits

  • Providing special veteran volunteer support to patients who are veterans

Volunteer Days/Hours: Flexible

Here for the Girls, Inc.



Contact: Vicki Vawter, Program and Community Events Manager


Phone: 757-645-2649

Location: 1309 Jamestown Road, #204, Williamsburg, VA

Organization Description: A non-profit improving the lives of women affected by breast cancer through Beyond Boobs! and Pink Link.

Volunteer Needs: April golf tournament, October 5k/10ks, and small projects throughout the year

Volunteer Site: Location specific to event

Volunteer Days/Hours: Varies

Isle of Wight Volunteer Rescue Squad



Contact: Dr. Peter M. Carlson, Professor, Dpt of Gov, (McM 365)


Phone: 757-356-0738

Location: 1802 S. Church St., Smithfield, VA (about 20 mins from campus)

Organization Description: This is a non-profit, volunteer led organization that provides 24/7 emergency medical response throughout Isle of Wight County. 

Volunteer Work: Volunteers are expected to complete Commonwealth of Virginia certification as either an emergency vehicle driver and/or as an Emergency Medical Technician. The organization pays for all training. CNU Bonus: Student volunteers at this Rescue Squad may also register for GOVT 291 Community Service and receive 1-3 credit hours of coursework.

Volunteer Days/Hours: 24/7

Special Restrictions/Requirements: Minimum requirement: 12 hours each month. Complete application, background check, and orientation, certification.

Lackey Free Clinic


Contact: Kim Spencer, Director Volunteers & Operations

Email: OR

Phone: 757-886-0608

Location: 1620 Old Williamsburg Road, Williamsburg, VA

Organization Description: The Lackey Free Clinic is a faith-based free health ministry that has been operating in Lackey, York County, Virginia since 1995. The Clinic seeks to build a bridge of healing and compassion to serve the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the medically disadvantaged on the Peninsula.

Volunteer Needs: Many volunteers are needed in "behind the scenes" jobs, as well as working with Clinic patients. We utilize volunteer workers with medical as well as non-medical skills. We make the work at the Clinic fun and rewarding, as we create a positive, uplifting environment for the patient as they seek medical care at the Clinic.

Volunteer Days/Hours: Monday - Wednesday 8:30am - 5:00pm; Thursday 8:30am - 7:30pm Friday, 8:30am - Noon

Peninsula Medical Reserve Corps (*.6 miles from CNU)


Contact: Olivia Lane, Peninsula Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator


Phone: 757-594-7076

Location: 416 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA

Organization Description: Protecting, promoting and preserving the health of the people who live, work and play on the Peninsula. Augment and assist community operations during emergencies, aid in addressing pressing healthcare needs, and improve community preparedness and build resilient communities through emergency preparedness and response.

Volunteer Needs: 

Volunteer Analyst: Assist in increasing volunteer interest and service to our communities pre-incident through messaging for motivation; Implement an evaluation tool to gauge engagement satisfaction; etc.

Web-Based Technology Analyst/Coordinator: Support and coordinate existing web-based integrated tools such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs, client web-sites, etc; Track basic stats like followers, click-throughs, fans, comments and traffic, etc.

Marketing/Media Coordinator - Assist in determining the best media plan that would have the maximum reach and impact; Assist in coordinating various integrated communication and marketing activities; etc.

Volunteers participate in training, exercises and response for public health emergencies and in support of local government's emergency response. Volunteers may support the local health department in health outreach to local communities. 

Any volunteer is welcome, but the opportunities best fit students with career interests in: a health profession, health education, public/nonprofit administration, social work, emergency management, communications/marketing, environmental health.

Leadership opportunities available for someone who takes initiative and demonstrates strong decision-making skills, and has the ability to direct complex projects from concept to fully operational status.

Volunteer Site: Peninsula Health Center is conveniently located near CNU on the Riverside Regional Medical Center campus. Volunteers could be participating in health department and MRC activities at various locations in the community.

Volunteer Days/Hours: 9 am - 4 pm Monday through Friday, with some evenings and weekends for events or meetings

Special Restrictions/Requirements: prefer routine 4 hour blocks

Riverside Medical Center Volunteer Services


Contact: Carolyn Dough, Volunteer Director


Phone: 757-594-2044

Location: 500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA

Organization Description: Riverside’s mission is “To care for others as we would care for those we love-to enhance their well-being and improve their health.”

Volunteer Needs: We offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities from hospitality, clerical, and clinical placements. All placements are customer service based roles. Riverside also has volunteer opportunities as part of our sewing group, music program, pet pals, and shuttle drivers.

Volunteer Days/Hours: flexible

Special Restrictions/Requirements: Application, interview, orientation, background check, TB screening and Flu shots are mandatory.

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Riverside Hospice



Contact: Jennifer Hughes, Volunteer Coordinator


Phone: 757-594-2745

Location: 12420 Warwick Blvd, Suite 6E, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: Riverside Hospice is a non-profit organization helping those with a terminal diagnosis of six months or less (assuming the disease runs its expected course). We offer support to the patient as well as the family. We also provide medical and pain management, emotional support, spiritual guidance, medical equipment needs, in home visits by aides, nursing staff, social workers and, most importantly, by volunteers.

Volunteer Needs: Administrative support, NODA, Patient companionship, Family Respite, music therapy, Bereavement support

Volunteer Days/Hours: 

Days/Evenings/Weekends as needed by families, times vary

Special Restrictions/Requirements: Coordinator will meet with students for interviews and discuss required training, background checks and position information.  

Special Olympics Gymnastics


Contact: Lindsey Purcell, Head Coach


Phone: 571-262-9223

Location: 343 Bell King Road, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: Special Olympics Gymnastics aims to help those born with special needs. The gymnastics program in Newport News gives children with special needs a fun, social, and athletic program that allows them to interact with volunteer coaches and other athletes, and to develop coordination and confidence through the sport of gymnastics.

Volunteer Needs: We are looking for dedicated, enthusiastic, and reliable volunteers who enjoy working with children. No prior gymnastics experience is required.

Volunteer Days/Hours: 5:30pm-6:30pm Sundays

Volunteer Days: 5:30pm-6:30pm Sundays

Special Restrictions/Requirements: Volunteers must complete an application, a release form for the gym, and an online Protective Behaviors test. 

Special Olympics Virginia


Contact: Tysha Austin, Regional Director


Phone: 757-214-9098

Location: 610 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Suite 201-C, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: We provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, and other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Volunteer Needs: Special Olympics Virginia allows for individuals to choose their level of involvement within the organization. We have current openings for individuals that would like to work with us one day at a time for sporting tournaments or fundraising activities. We also have openings for individuals looking to get more out of working with our athletes including, coaching, becoming partners in our Unified Sports programs and becoming council members.

Volunteer Site: Locations may vary according to the volunteer activity selected.

Volunteer Days/Hours: Days and hours will vary depending on type of service. For those individuals that plan to be day event volunteers a minimum of 3 hours of service during a sporting tournament or fundraising activity will be required. For those who plan to become more involved as a coach or partner, an hour to two hours will be set aside during the week for practice and 4 to 5 hours on the weekends that have tournaments (1 to 3 tournaments are planned throughout the sports season).

Susan G Komen Tidewater Affiliate


Contact: Tammie Mullins-Rice, Volunteer Manager


Phone: 757-490-7794

Location: 6363 Center Drive, Bldg 6, Suite 205 Norfolk, VA

Organization Description: Susan G Komen Mission: to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer

Volunteer Needs: Helping with race registration, team packet distribution, assist with other event activities for set-up promotion, office help as needed, assist with education programs & health fairs.

Volunteer Days: may include evenings & weekends

Special Restrictions/Requirements: 16-18 years of age must have parent's permission

VersAbility Resources


Contact: Sarah Bowman, Director of Marketing and Development


Phone: 757-896-6461

Location: 2520 58th Street, Hampton, VA

Organization Description: VersAbility works with adults and children with disabilities. For the childrens' program, we provide service coordination for families with children under 3 with disabilities.

Volunteer Needs: Completing paperwork, participating on appointments with children and families, observing evaluations.

Volunteer Days/Hours: Monday - Friday; 8:00am - 4:30pm


Veterans Affairs Medical Center


Phone: 757-728-3124

Location: 100 Emancipation Drive, Hampton, VA

Organization Description: VAMC Hampton, the fourth oldest medical center in the VA system, is a 468-bed facility which serves a 15-county area in eastern Virginia and a 10-county area in northeastern North Carolina.

Volunteer Needs: As a VA volunteer, you can experience meaningful assignments throughout the medical facility with the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our nation’s veterans. Volunteers can choose patient care assignments: Spinal Cord Injury, Nursing Home Care Unit, Hospice (no hands on patient care); Substance Abuse Treatment Program, clerical assignments such as Medical Records, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy. Benefits from volunteering are: learning new skills, network with health care professionals and become a member of the largest single health care team in the world. 

Volunteer Days/Hours: flexible

Special Restrictions/Requirements: Must complete orientation (application, handbook) before starting assignment. PPD taken. If volunteer chooses patient care area, a nursing orientation must also be completed.