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Interested in volunteering? From the founding of the gay men’s VD clinic in 1973, to the AIDS buddy programs of the 80’s and 90’s and our peer support services of today, volunteers have been integral in forming Whitman-Walker’s programs for much of our history. Even as we have grown and increased staff, volunteers still play an important role in carrying out the work of the health center. Read on to find out more about how you can get involved.
 

We rely on volunteers to support our programs and services. Whether you’re interested in joining an open volunteer night, you want your workplace affinity group to do an activity together, or you’re a medical provider or attorney looking to give back to your community, there are a number of ways to get involved. Thanks in advance for sharing your time and talents with us.

Whatever level of commitment you’re looking to make, we likely have something to match. The opportunities below are listed, roughly, from least to most commitment.

Volunteer opportunities for anyone

When you just want to get a taste or are looking for something to do occasionally that doesn’t require much training.

Monthly Volunteer Nights

Type: drop-in

Commitment: low

Frequency: occurs monthly; come once, or as often as you want

Additional application, paperwork, or training required: no

On the second Monday of every month, we hold an open volunteer night from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Whitman-Walker at 1525. You’ll help support our free, walk-in STI testing and treatment services by assembling STI self-test kits. No special skills are required. Some months are particular theme or group nights (like LGBTQ seniors, college night, staff give back, etc.), but all are always welcome. Check out the Facebook event page to learn more. If you’re coming, please RSVP to volunteer@whitman-walker.org so we have enough supplies and stations set up.

Group Volunteer Events

Type: drop-in or planned ahead

Commitment: low

Frequency: one-time or occasional

Additional application, paperwork, or training required: no

We’re glad to welcome volunteer groups from your workplace, college, religious or spiritual home, or other organization. Most often, your group will help support our free, walk-in STI testing and treatment programs by assembling STI self-test kits. No special skills are required. Group volunteer events take place at Whitman-Walker at 1525.

here are a couple of options for bringing your group:

  • We arrange a group volunteer event for you. We’ll work together to accommodate your schedule and needs (evening, daytime, etc.). We typically try to provide a brief program of information and history about Whitman-Walker as part of your event. Contact the Gay Men’s Health and Wellness Clinic Coordinator at gmhw@whitman-walker.org.
  • You can come as a group to one of our monthly open volunteer nights. If you’d like to bring a group to a monthly open volunteer night, email volunteer@whitman-walker.org to RSVP and to let us know the size of your group.

Walk & 5K to End HIV

Type: annual event

Commitment: low to moderate depending on role

Frequency: day-of-event volunteering or a larger coordination role

Additional application, paperwork, or training required: usually no, depending on role We rely on many volunteers in various roles to help support our annual fundraising walk. To learn more, email walktoendhiv@whitman-walker.org. Click here to learn more.

Want to make a bigger commitment?

When you’re looking for something ongoing or are interested in being trained in a new skill.

  • Peer Support Services

    Type: weekly or bi-weekly meetings of about an hour to 1.5 hours, depending on role

    Commitment: moderate - initial training, then you may be contacted to match with a peer; you can opt in or out each time you’re contacted.

    Frequency: time-limited, once weekly for 12 weeks (individual peer counseling); or ongoing and open-ended (group facilitation)

    Additional application, paperwork, or training required: yes

    With roots in some of our earliest programs, our Peer Support Services offers group and short-term individual peer counseling focused on common LGBTQ life issues and other stressors: coming out, job change, identity and transition, HIV support, and more. Volunteers in this program are trained to be peer counselors and peer group facilitators. Volunteers must complete a 9-hour training session, and are provided with ongoing trainings and supervision. To find out more, contact the Peer Support Program Coordinator at 202.939.7646 or email peersupport@whitman-walker.org.

  • Gay Men’s Health and Wellness Clinic

    Type: semi-weekly, walk-in evening clinic

    Commitment: moderate - initial training, then up to you how frequently you volunteer

    Frequency: several hours up to twice/week, but you can choose frequency

    Additional application, paperwork, or training required: yes

    The Gay Men’s Health and Wellness Clinic is the founding program of what would become Whitman-Walker Health. When it was established in 1973, this free evening walk-in clinic for gay men provided culturally competent STI testing services at a time when it was not safe to be out to your medical provider. The clinic has continued to this day offering free testing and treatment services to gay men and the broader LGBTQ community. Clinic volunteers are trained as registrars, HIV testers and screeners/health educators. Volunteers can move progressively through various clinic roles, completing training and shadowing as they progress. To learn more, contact gmhw@whitman-walker.org.

  • Legal Services

    Type: mostly evening, occasionally daytime clinics

    Commitment: depends on type of legal clinic, but generally, a few times per year, or monthly

    Frequency: time-limited, once weekly for 12 weeks (individual peer counseling); or ongoing and open-ended (group facilitation)

    Additional application, paperwork, or training required: yes

    Volunteers help orient and screen clients during various legal clinics, including monthly Social Security clinic, Medicare Part D clinics in the fall, and Name and Gender Change Clinics. Please email us at contact-legal@whitman-walker.org describing your interest and language skills.

  • Community Health - Outreach and HIV Testing/Counseling

    Type: site-based and mobile testing

    Commitment: moderate - initial training, then up to you

    Frequency: variable, usually a few hours, all times of the day

    Additional application, paperwork, or training required: yes

    The Community Health department trains volunteers to work at events and venues doing outreach such as distributing sexual health materials and providing sexual health education. After serving for a few months, outreach volunteers are qualified to apply to become certified HIV testers and counselors, who provide testing and counseling services at Whitman-Walker locations and through Whitman-Walker’s mobile testing van. Volunteers always work in collaboration with health center staff. If you are interested in volunteering in community health, email rkeita@whitman-walker.org describing your background, any relevant experience and language skills.

  • Opportunities for those with specific skills, training, or licensure

    When you’re looking for something ongoing or are interested in being trained in a new skill.

    Medical providers - If you are licensed as an medical doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant and are interested in volunteering in our free, walk-in, evening HIV/STI testing and treatment clinic, email gmhw@whitman-walker.org describing your background, any relevant experience and language skills.

    Lawyers - If you are an actively barred attorney interested in taking a case or volunteering with one of our legal clinics, email us at contact-legal@whitman-walker.org describing your background, any relevant experience, language skills, and bar memberships.

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    With the Walk & 5K to End HIV
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