HEALTH RELATED SERVICE TRACK
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 (The)
Contact: Elisa Willis, Executive Director
Location: 4669 South Boulevard, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452
Organization Description: Heart disease and stroke are the #1 cause of death in Virginia. The American Heart Association 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; help with phone calls; event set-up; manage stations; engage with participants at events; break down for events.
Hours: 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: Jennifer Frank, Development Director
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
Contact: Vicki Vawter, Marketing & Events Manager
Location: 1311 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA
Organization Description: A growing 501(c)(3) non-profit, Beyond Boobs! is a unique women’s health initiative promoting two missions – breast health education to motivate all and support for young women diagnosed with breast cancer before menopause. Using a variety of unconventional methods, Beyond Boobs! advocates healthy lifestyle choices to foster general well-being and manage one’s risk of breast cancer or recurrence of the disease.
Volunteer Needs: Various events throughout the year - Petals for the Cure, Run for the Hills 10K, Breast Ball, Breast Fest, The Pink Carpet Gala.
Volunteer Site: Location specific to event
Volunteer Days/Hours: Tuesdays 9:00am - 4:00pm; Other days and hours vary by event
Children's Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD)
Contact: Joy Parker, Volunteer Services Director
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. **A few hours are available at the Oyster Point Health Center**
Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center
Contact: Beth Yurkovac, Operations Manager
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
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.
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator
Location: 41 Old Oyster Point Road, Unit 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
Lackey Free Clinic
Contact: Kim Spencer, Director Volunteers & Operations
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: Teresa Winstanley, MRC Coordinator/Volunteer Manager
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 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 Resources Assistant
Location: 500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA
Organization Description: Riverside's mission is to empower caring people, to save lives, to improve health, and to enhance well being.
Volunteer Needs: We offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities from hospitality, gift shop attendance, courtesy shuttle drivers, sewing groups, nursing unit assistance, and clerical. Opportunities also exist throughout the community at a wide variety of specialty offices.
Volunteer Days/Hours: flexible
Special Restrictions/Requirements: Application, physician’s physical, and an interview
Contact: Jennifer Hughes, Volunteer Coordinator
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: Volunteer duties include patient visitations, music/art/pet therapy visitations, bereavement volunteers, and administrative/office support.
Administrative hours – 8:00a – 4:30p
Patient visitations – Flexible, based on caregiver needs
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
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 - Peninsula Region
Contact: Kristine Stewart, Peninsula Region Director
Location: 610 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Suite 201-C, Newport News, VA
Organization Description: Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, 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).
Tidewater Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Contact: Shawn Martin, Volunteer Manager
Location: 420 N. Center Drive, Bldg. 11, Suite 143, Norfolk, VA
Organization Description: Our Susan G Komen promise: to save lives & end breast cancer forever by empowering people ensuring quality of care for all & energizing science to find the cures.
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
Contact: Sarah Bowman, Director of Marketing and Development
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
Contact: Linda Wiggs, Voluntary Program Assistant
Phone: 757-722-9961 ext 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 volunteer 40-50 hours.
Must complete orientation (application, handbook) before starting assignment. PPD taken. If volunteer chooses patient care area, a nursing orientation must also be completed.