Volunteers & Providers

Volunteer with Health Brigade. Health Brigade relies on volunteers to fulfill our mission of providing exceptional health services to those least served in caring and non-judgmental environment. With over 20,000 donated service hours each year, volunteers are the heartbeat of our organization. We utilize volunteers in all areas of the organization: Primary Medical Care, Mental Health & Wellness, Health Outreach & Advocacy and Mission Support.

Volunteers are essential to the Health Brigade mission. They work hand-in-hand with staff in each department to support our goal of providing exceptional health services, and we could not do it without them. Volunteers bring a range of lived experiences, perspectives, and skills that we are honored to receive and share with clients.

Health Brigade has a wide variety of opportunities for volunteers to contribute to the mission, ranging from CHR safer use supply packaging to Spanish interpretation to licensed professional medical care. Because volunteers provide integral services, they are expected to be dependable, trustworthy, and to follow agency policies to ensure we are providing compassionate care to our clients.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS FOR WORKING OR VOLUNTEERING AT HEALTH BRIGADE

Workplace health and safety are paramount at Health Brigade.  We serve many patients and clients with compromised immune systems.  Our commitment to them and to each other is to ensure we take our own health seriously and never place others at risk for illnesses we may be spreading with or without symptoms.  Therefore, it is mandatory for working or volunteering at Health Brigade that you provide verification of the following prior to your first day at Health Brigade:

  • Verification of last flu vaccine
  • Verification of TB screening within the past 12 months
  • Verification of COVID vaccine

MEDICAL CLINIC INTERNSHIPS

HPEX internship

  • Our Medical Clinic will accept up to 2 interns per semester. Interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter to Volunteer Program Manager Kelsea Jeter at [email protected]. Please indicate HPEX 395, HPEX 495 OR 406, or HPEX 495 AND 496 and list the day(s) and time(s) you are available for the internship in your cover letter. The deadline to submit Fall ’22 applications is Sunday, June 5, 2022.

Preceptorship

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer preceptorship for nursing students or shadowing opportunities in the Medical Clinic at this time.

 

MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS INTERNSHIPS

This Internship program for second year students in Psychology, Counseling, or Social Work provides the intern with a thorough knowledge of how to work with and use the DSM-V, how community mental health agencies work and how to work in them and exposure to experts and mentors in all areas of mental health. Individual and/or group supervision is conducted weekly along with weekly case consultation with the Mental Health & Wellness staff. The purpose of the internship program is to provide graduate students a well supervised clinical experience within a safety net community mental health agency

Student Requirements-

Graduate level internships require a minimum placement of two semesters. Attendance is required 1) Friday mornings during placements and 2) during winter break for continuity of care with clients, as agreed upon with Field Instructor. Other hours of placement can be negotiated around class and/or work schedule when possible.

Interns are expected to 1) maintain a caseload of 5-15 clients (depending on hours worked/week), 2) co-facilitate one or more groups, 3) complete intakes as needed, and 4) demonstrate a willingness to “roll up their sleeves” with the rest of the team to provide quality mental health services to our clients.

Interns are expected to have excellent people skills, flexibility, ability to be an engaged member of a multi-disciplinary team, and an ability to work with a diverse client population and staff. We are seeking interns who have an eagerness to learn and who are self-starters who can work independently and seek supervision as needed. Requires experience with Microsoft Office and appropriate documentation.

Those interested in internships with Mental Health & Wellness Department as described above should contact the Director of Mental Health & Wellness Dr. Muriel Azria Evans, PhD by email at [email protected].

Medical Clinic

At Health Brigade, we embrace an integrative approach to wellness. We are interprofessional and collaborative, and interdisciplinary. We welcome primary care providers, subspecialists, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, acupuncturists and nutritionists to support our patient care.

Volunteer Providers typically volunteer in 4 hour shift(s) in the morning or afternoon per month at least monthly. Please note that a current Virginia license is required, as are references.

Mental Health & Wellness

Mental Health & Wellness at Health Brigade is actively seeking licensed mental health professionals to provide counseling and therapy to clients as well as supervision to professionals seeking licensure.

At Health Brigade, we believe in a holistic approach to wellness, and are pleased to offer ancillary services such as Healing Touch and meditation for our patients. If you are trained in one of these or any other discipline, we’d love to discuss how we can incorporate your specialty into our programming.

Non-licensed mental health professionals who need supervision and experience hours for licensure eligibility may also apply. Please note that these positions are limited based on availability of licensed supervisors.

At Health Brigade, we do our best to match volunteer interest and skills with the needs of various departments within the organization. Please be aware that submitting a volunteer application does not guarantee a volunteer placement.

All volunteers for Mental Health & Wellness with a completed advanced degree who are seeking hours for licensure, please contact Dr. Muriel Azria-Evans.

PLEASE NOTE: We review applications for NON-LICENSED MEDICAL CLINIC VOLUNTEER and NAVIGATOR positions three times a year. The next round of applications will be reviewed in June 2022. We will receive resumes and cover letters from 5/1/22-6/5/22, which can be emailed to Kelsea Jeter at [email protected].

REGISTRATION VOLUNTEER

All those seeking services at Health Brigade must be interviewed to determine if they meet the criteria established by Federal Poverty Guidelines. Registration Volunteers assist clients in providing the necessary information and in completing the registration packet. Registration volunteers are an essential part of the Health Brigade team and must be discreet, respectful, non-judgmental and patient. Detailed training is provided so that Registration Volunteers can assist in the patient intake process.

Job Responsibilities

  • Clearly explain the intake process
  • Assist clients in completing registration forms
  • Discuss sensitive financial matters
  • Enter demographic information and scan and upload documents into the Electronic Health Records

Position Requirements

  • 18 years or older
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Bilingual and/or Spanish proficiency preferred but not mandatory
  • Basic computer competency
  • Ideally one year commitment
  • One shift per week

Registration Shifts

  • Monday (English session) from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday (English session) from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday (Spanish session) from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Thursday (Spanish session) from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

SPANISH INTERPRETER

Health Brigade serves many individuals with Limited English Proficiency.

Bilingual volunteers provide interpretation for Medical appointments, Mental Health appointments, and during other interactions between Health Brigade representatives and clients as needed. This position enables us to provide quality care to all of our patients and clients, regardless of language barriers.

Position Requirements

  • Spanish proficiency
  • 18 years or older
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Comfortable discussing sensitive or personal issues
  • Able to understand and present information of a medical or technical nature.
  • 6 months minimum commitment
  • Weekly 4 hour shift(s) 

Job responsibilities 

  • Volunteer accurately interprets the conversation between patient/client and Health Brigade representative.
  • Volunteer acts as broker to navigate cultural differences between the patient/client and Health Brigade representative as needed.

 

HEALTH OUTREACH SPECIALIST VOLUNTEER

Health Outreach Specialist Volunteers work closely with our Health Outreach & Advocacy Services to provide health information and HIV testing to the greater Richmond area. From sexual health to promoting clinic services, Health Outreach serves the community by providing an open invitation to services. Volunteers assist with tabling, handing out condoms and information about safe sexual practices, and provide administrative support for HIV testing in the community.

Volunteers for this position must be self-motivated, dependable, outgoing and friendly, open to discussing issues related to sex and sexuality, compassionate and non-judgmental in their dealing with the populations we serve. This position has a minimum commitment of 6 months with 2-4 volunteer sessions per month.

 

COMPREHENSIVE HARM REDUCTION PROGRAM SUPPORT

The Comprehensive Harm Reduction (CHR) program provides services to community members with substance use disorder. The CHR Program Support volunteer assists the program through preparing supplies, supporting the CHR Program Co-Coordinators, and potentially interacting directly with clients.

Job responsibilities 

  • Stocking inventory of newly received supplies
  • Assists in assembling kits and bags for distribution at onsite and mobile needle exchanges
  • Support data management and record keeping
  • (If allowed, eventually) assisting at needle exchange events in the community
  • Must be comfortable interacting with people with substance and/or opioid use disorder
  • Must be comfortable handling syringes and using supplies

Working conditions

Work is performed in an interior office environment
Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for approximately three (3) hours per day

Health Brigade would love to have your group or organization volunteer with us! Volunteer opportunities depend on the size of the group, desired frequency of volunteering, and current needs of the organization.

Group opportunities include, but are not limited to:

· Assisting with special events
· Health Outreach supply organizing: counting and sorting condoms for distribution or packing bags of safer use supplies
· Adopting the Little Free Pantry in front of our building
· Facility maintenance and groundskeeping
· Assisting with mail campaigns: stuffing envelopes, stamping letters, etc.

If your group is interested in any of these opportunities, please email our Volunteer Program Manager at [email protected].

In order to match potential volunteers with the most compatible opportunity, please take a moment to fill out our Volunteer Interest Form so we can learn more about you and your interests. Someone will follow up with you at the email address provided in the form.

If you have questions about volunteering, please email the Volunteer Program Manager at [email protected].