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Volunteer With Us
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.

  • 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.

 

  • 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: yesVolunteers 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: yesThe 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, 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.

Please note, we do not offer an internship program at this time.

 

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