GMHC’s volunteers contribute to our mission in variety of ways, providing compassionate, dedicated and effective responses to communities impacted by HIV and AIDS. Some of our individual volunteer opportunities are listed below:
A Buddy’s primary responsibility is to provide emotional support to a GMHC client, whether newly diagnosed or a long-term survivor. By making regular visits to the client in their home, the Buddy works as a liaison to connect the client with services at GMHC or other social service agencies, as needed. Responsibilities include assisting the client with light errands and socialization through various activities, while reporting back to the agency on a regular basis. A Buddy must be able to commit to the program for one year and be able to visit their client for 1-4 hours per week at a mutually agreed time.
Licensed Professionals/Workshop Leaders
Licensed and certified professionals such as massage therapists, haircutters, fitness instructors, yoga teachers, chiropractors, reflexologists and acupuncturists can volunteer with our Wellness Program to provide services that address our clients’ overall well-being. We also have a need for volunteers who have special creative talents and the credentials to teach workshops in art, music, dance, acting and creative writing.
Front Desk Receptionist
Our volunteers at the front desk greet all clients and guests and direct them to the appropriate programs and services. Responsibilities include answering the phone and directing calls, addressing questions, assisting with walk-ins for our Intake department, and providing a welcoming experience for all clients and guests. Bilingual in English and Spanish is a plus.
Administrative volunteers can assist departments in all areas of the agency by providing support through performing duties such as fielding phone calls, responding to department emails, word processing, filing, data entry, direct mail projects, and creating presentations and spreadsheets.
Our Hotline was GMHC’s first service and it continues to provide support and information to callers in need of someone to talk to. Hotline volunteers provide information and referral services regarding HIV and AIDS and our programs to the general public who contact the Hotline by phone and by email. Volunteers need to be able to respond to a diverse group of callers with diverse needs, and to stay informed about the latest developments in HIV and AIDS as well as GMHC’s policies and protocols. An in-depth training program is provided twice a year and volunteers are expected to make a 1-year commitment to the Hotline. Bilingual in English and Spanish is a plus. For more information about the GMHC Hotline, visit the webpage here.
The Support Corps is a group of on-call volunteers who are ready to help out with a variety of short-term projects in all areas of the agency. Projects may include data entry, stuffing envelopes, space beautification, taking inventory, assisting with special events, and more.
Testing Center Counselor
Our staff and volunteers at The David Geffen Center for HIV Prevention and Health Education provide free testing for HIV and other STIs, counseling, health information, education, risk-reduction strategies, referrals and partner notification services. Please note that all volunteer Testing Center Counselor positions are filled at this time. If you are interested in volunteering as a counselor, contact the Volunteer Center to be added to the waitlist. For more information about the Testing Center, visit the webpage here.
We serve lunch Monday through Thursday and dinner on Friday evening, providing our clients with a warm, friendly atmosphere where they can receive nutritious meals and have an opportunity for social interaction. Volunteers are an essential part of our dining room, helping us serve meals to 350 clients each day.
If you have a special skill that you think would be an asset to GMHC, please contact The Volunteer Center to discuss the possibility of creating a new role.
Questions about our volunteer program?
Director, Training & The Volunteer Center