StandUp For Kids is a nonprofit charity that runs several innovative programs that provide homeless youth the assistance, training, and resources to make a successful re-integration into society. Local programs are in operation in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Washington, D.C.
StandUp For Kids is an all volunteer organization and welcomes the involvement of volunteer healthcare professionals.
Through the nonprofit ADA Foundation’s Give Kids A Smile program, launched nationally by the American Dental Association in 2003, more than five million underserved children have received free oral health services. These free services are provided by approximately 10,000 dentists annually, along with 30,000 other dental team members. Please look for an opportunity to serve in your state.
Give an Hour, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, was founded to provide free and confidential mental health services to military veterans and their loved ones.
Give an Hour’s network has licensed mental health professionals located in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam who have donated mental health services. Volunteers may be psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, marriage and family therapists, drug and alcohol counselors, pastoral counselors, and other professional counselors.
The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington offers many programs that address healthcare needs among families who need access to better health services.
In Maryland and Washington, D.C., there are volunteer opportunities for medical, dental, and behavioral health providers.
The People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture is a rapidly-growing cooperative of people involved in the community acupuncture movement: acupuncturists, patients, clinics, and supportive organizations. If you wish to volunteer, you can search for a clinic to serve at within many areas of North America.
The Capitol Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, a nonprofit organization, works to advance the rights of detained immigrants in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area.
Asylum seekers and detained refugees often need medical evaluations for their immigration cases. The Capitol Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition needs to rely on volunteer medical professionals who are willing to take the time to visit a detention center on a pro bono basis. Your commitment could help prevent an asylum seeker or refugee from being deported back to a country where they may face persecution or death.
The Center for Victims of Torture, a nonprofit organization, rebuilds lives by providing healing services to survivors of torture. Currently, the center has operations in Ethiopia; Jordan; Kenya; Uganda; Atlanta, Georgia; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Washington, D.C.
Volunteers make a meaningful difference in the lives of survivors by working directly with clients, contributing their professional skills, or helping with administrative tasks.
Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International (TASSC), a nonprofit working in Washington, D.C., provides direct assistance to survivors of torture with the goal of healing, obtaining asylum, and rebuilding their lives in the United States.
TASSC relies heavily on volunteers to assist with many of the survivors needs and works closely with torture treatment centers, generous doctors, and other health professionals.
Dental Lifeline Network is a national nonprofit organization that provides access to dental care and education for Americans who cannot afford it and have a permanent disability or are elderly or are medically fragile.
Through Dental Lifeline Network’s flagship program, Donated Dental Services, dental care is provided through a national network of volunteer dentists and volunteer laboratories. The program needs volunteer dentists and laboratories nationwide but needs vary somewhat from state to state and even within a state.
The Asylum Network at Physicians for Human Rights consists of over 400 health professionals throughout the United States who offer pro bono forensic evaluations to document evidence of torture and other human rights abuses for immigrants fleeing persecution in their home countries. Physicians for Human Rights is a nonprofit organization headquartered in New York City with offices in Boston, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C.
Adventist Community Services (ACS) is a humanitarian agency for the Adventist Church in the United States and Bermuda that focuses on touching hearts and transforming communities. ACS is made up of hundreds of thousands of people who come together and make a difference in their communities.
EyeCare America, the public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, provides eye care at no out-of-pocket cost to those who qualify.
See more about volunteering in your state via this link.
Demonstrate your commitment to protecting your community by volunteering for one of the American Acadmy of Dermatology’s SPOTme skin cancer screening program events in your state.
AccessDerm is an American Academy of Dermatology-sponsored teledermatology program that allows dermatologists to provide care to underserved populations in the United States. By participating in the program, which aspires to be national but currently exists in 16 states, members and residents can consult remotely on dermatology cases in the state they are licensed.
USA Swimming is a nonprofit 400,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events, and education.
National volunteer opportunities are possible for medical practitioners such as physicians, athletic trainers, massage therapists, physical therapists, and chiropractors.
The Maven Project is a nonprofit organization that is building a national network of volunteer medical school alumni to address the escalating medical needs of vulnerable U.S. populations. Semi-retired, newly retired, and other physicians are an untapped resource of medical volunteers who—when paired with telemedicine technology—can remotely provide unavailable medical services to our growing underserved populations.
The Maven Project has needs for volunteers who are licensed in Massachusetts and California now; physicians licensed in other states with an interest in volunteering in the near future; medical schools or alumni associations interested in participating; FQHCs, free clinics, or other community health centers or programs interested in participating in the near future.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is fighting to free individuals—and the families who love them—from the devastating effects of muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related life-threatening diseases, so they can live longer and grow stronger.
Please contact the association about opportunities to help make a difference in the life of a child as volunteer medical staff at a Muscular Dystrophy Association Summer Camp in your state.
AVON 39 is The Walk to End Breast Cancer.
Medical personnel are needed to volunteer at event locations in Chicago, Boston, New York, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Houston, and Washington, D.C.
Race Guards is a nonprofit organization that provides in-race first aid for athletic events throughout the United States with a focus on running and cycling races, triathlons, and endurance events.
Medical volunteers are a part of Race Guards.
Children’s Oncology Services is a nonprofit organization whose One Step programs in Illinois, North Carolina, Utah, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C. offer camp experiences and other programs throughout the year that allow children with cancer to just be kids.
The One Step medical team is comprised of volunteer physicians and nurses. Even though it is important to have staff with pediatric oncology experience, staff with other clinical backgrounds such as general pediatrics, adult oncology, emergency, and ICU are welcome.
La Clínica del Pueblo is a nonprofit clinic located in Washington, D.C., that provides culturally appropriate health services to persons in the Latino community regardless of their ability to pay.
There are many opportunities if you are interested in volunteering—whether you are a student looking for an internship, a working professional with some time off, or you just want to give back to the community.
So Others Might Eat is a nonprofit organization that exists to help vulnerable people in Washington, D.C., by providing food, clothing, health care, affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling.
Volunteers are needed to provide mental health and addiction counseling, case management, and podiatry services. Volunteer doctors, nurse practitioners, dietitians, and registered nurses are needed to work in the medical clinic.
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans is an American nonprofit organization whose Stand Down program has become recognized as the most valuable outreach tool to help homeless veterans in the nation today. Volunteers are needed at the two to three-day events that give homeless veterans a secure, community-like retreat to receive healthcare and personal hygiene services, food, clothing, housing, and employment referrals. For a list of upcoming Stand Down events, click here.
Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs.
AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA members are involved through Community Health Corps, a CNCS program that places workers in health centers around the nation to improve access to primary and preventative health care.
Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization that serves children, youth, and families, the formerly incarcerated, homeless people, older adults, people with disabilities, and veterans and focuses on assistance with basic needs, behavioral health, community outreach and development, correctional re-entry services, housing, mental health, senior living and care, and substance abuse.
With 33 offices covering 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, Volunteers of America has a number of programs that individuals can volunteer for locally. To see volunteer opportunities in your area, please search for the website of the local office in your state here.