HARC relies on the hard work and dedication of its volunteers to carry out its mission.The importance of our volunteers cannot be understated. We are very proud of our diverse volunteer corps. We invite you to take a look at all of the various opportunities, and encourage you to contact us if you would like more information. Volunteers can choose to work in just one area of service or can participate in all of the different options available. We feel confident that you will find volunteering at our agency to be a very rewarding and enriching experience. Interested volunteers should fill out the Volunteer Application Form and return it to the Volunteer and Special Events Coordinator who will get in touch with you within one week of receiving your completed application.
Volunteer trainings are held three times each year (January, May and September) and are held at the Education Center at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. Interested persons should contact Calvin Dishmon, the Volunteer Coordinator, for more information.
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Volunteers are required to attend an orientation and outreach training, which is usually one full day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, volunteers are required to participate in an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator. Periodic volunteer meetings/events are held to provide an opportunity to interact with other volunteers, share challenges and provide support for one another. Please click on the “HARC Calendar” to find out the place, date and time for the next Volunteer Training.
This position takes a strong commitment as other people’s safety may depend on attendance. Volunteer Corps members assist HARC staff by promoting education, prevention and awareness. Volunteers distribute safer sex materials, information pamphlets, and educate clients about harm reduction. Directions and location are provided during training.
HARC can especially use some help here. This outreach intervention is especially designed for bars or nightclubs patronized by men who have sex with men (MSM). During bar outreach, volunteers interact with patrons and help distribute safer sex materials, promote risk reduction, and inform clients about counseling and testing. Volunteers interested will have to be flexible with their schedules as outreach takes place late at night. Bar Outreach isn’t for everyone, but if you are energetic and/or consider yourself a “people person” then it could be a good fit for you. There is additional training provided to help you become more comfortable with the outreach process. If you are interested place contact Anthony Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or Calvin Dishmon at email@example.com.
HIV 101 Health Educator
Volunteers will provide HIV presentations to various community organizations. To become certified as an HIV 101 educator, volunteers must participate in a two session training. During the first session, an instructor will go into more detail about conducting HIV presentations and assigned a audience to prepare a mock presentation. In the second session, students will conduct their mock presentations.
Volunteer Corps members assist staff with essential office duties which may include: helpful to distribute mailings, organizing the HIV/AIDS library, data entry, various staff projects, making safer sex packets, and answering telephones. This is a good position for members who want to contribute to HARC that may not feel comfortable in outreach activities.
HIV Testing Clinic Office/Administration
Volunteers will assist counselors with clients who would like to be tested for HIV. Since clients are usually anxious, volunteers help to maintain a comfortable atmosphere, help clients process their paperwork, answering basic questions on HIV and providing information on available community resources.
HIV Test Counselor
Volunteers must successfully complete the Michigan Department of Community Health’s HIV Test Counseling Training. This training involves three modules, with each module being two days in length. Once you have completed the state’s training, a shadowing process is conducted with current HARC test counselors before you are given the okay to go solo.
Volunteer Corps members who work in special events assist in various capacities that may include: the implementation and planning of fundraising events, conducting table top information booths at various health fairs, and assisting in other community projects that require support.