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 Summer ’23 applications is Sunday, March 5, 2023.

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 November 2022. We will receive resumes and cover letters from 10/1/22-10/30/22, which can be emailed to Kelsea Jeter at [email protected]

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].