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HIPS Volunteer Orientation – next session will be Sunday, May 18! See below for details.

Interested in volunteering at HIPS? Sign-up for our volunteer list here.

 We sometimes have 1-2 day opportunities for groups, such as Alternative Spring Break. Email elizabeth@hips.org to inquire.

Other Questions? Email hips.outreach@gmail.com

HIPS relies on over 100 volunteers to ensure that our programs can help sex workers lead healthier lives.

Last year, sex workers donated over 100 hours of volunteer work to HIPS.

Trained volunteers and interns conduct outreach, develop materials and kits, and provide critical administrative support.

HIPS holds volunteer trainings three times a year, generally in February, June and October.

 

Dates, Times, and Details:

Sunday, May 18: HIPS Volunteer Orientation

When? 2-6pm

Where? The HIPS Office! 1309 Rhode Island Avenue NE (Basement) Washington, DC 20018
What? This orientation is a mandatory prerequisite for all other volunteer trainings. It is also a great opportunity for community members, service providers, activists, students and everyone to learn more about Sex Work and Harm Reduction 101!.

Led by:  Cyndee Clay (Executive Director) and Debbie McMillan (Enhanced Harm Reduction Services Manager)

May 19-22: Volunteer Interviews

When? Afternoon and evening slots; sign-ups will be available at (and after) orientation

Where? details TBA!

Why? It’s really important to us to find people who are a good fit for the work, the organization, and the amazing clients we serve. Unfortunately, we also have limited space in our training groups! The interviews will be casual, held at a local coffee shop or at the HIPS office, and are also a great time to ask questions to current volunteers and staff. We’re so thankful for your willingness to go through this process!

June 7-18: Direct Service Training

When?  Sat 6/7 (11:00am – 4:30pm), Monday 6/9, Wednesday 6/11, Saturday 6/14 (11:00am – 4:30pm), Monday 6/16, Wednesday 6/18 (all Mon/Wednesday sessions are from 6-9pm. All 6 sessions are required)

Where? HIPS Office again! 1309 Rhode Island Avenue NE (Basement) Washington, DC 20018

Who? This training is mandatory for all outreach & hotline volunteers.

What? We’ll dive into conversations about the complex issues we encounter in direct service work, our own privilege as service providers, and give y’all some great harm reductionist tools for counseling clients about safer sex, drug use, violence, etc.

Led by:  Catherine Paquette (Mobile Services Manager) and the Outreach Team

June 23 & 25: HIPS Hotline Training

When? Monday 6/23 and Wednesday 6/25 from 6-9pm (both sessions required)

Where? The HIPS Office! 1309 Rhode Island Avenue NE (Basement) Washington, DC 20018

Who? This training is mandatory for all outreach & hotline volunteers.

What? Hotline volunteers are the backbone of this 24-hour support service. It’s the one way that the love, care, and support offered by HIPS will always be accessible to our clients, no matter what time of day or night! On this low-volume hotline, trained volunteers offer micro-counseling, referrals, information, and a listening ear to anyone who needs it. The hotline also connects our sex work clients to HIPS Crisis Response Services in instances of assault and crisis.

Led by:  Catherine Paquette and the Outreach Team

June 30 & July 2: HIPS Mobile Services Van Training

When? Monday 6/30 and Wednesday 7/2 from 6-9pm (both sessions required)

Where? HIPS Office! 1309 Rhode Island Avenue NE (Basement) Washington, DC 20018

What? This training is for all folks who will be volunteering on the HIPS Outreach Van, which does street-based outreach, needle exchange and harm reduction counseling around DC from 11 P.M. – 5 A.M. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, as well as during the day throughout the week. Volunteers are the heart and soul of our programming and together donate 84 hours of outreach each week! Opportunities to volunteer in the office are also available.

Led by:  Catherine Paquette and the Outreach Team

 

NOTE:  After your interview, the outreach team will do our best to determine if your strengths and experience make you a good fit for any of our volunteer positions. We may invite you to attend one or more of the trainings offered. You are required to attend all training sessions for the positions you accept.

We’re excited to read through your applications and meet you at orientation! Thank you for your enthusiasm and desire to donate your valuable time.

Please contact the Mobile Services Department with any questions: hips.outreach@gmail.com

 

Mobile Service Van: Overnight & Daytime Outreach

  • Position Description: The HIPS Mobile Services Van serves as a “mini HIPS office on wheels”. The van does street-based outreach, HIV/HCV testing, needle exchange and harm reduction counseling around DC. Our overnight weekend shifts are from 11 P.M. – 5 A.M. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, during which we primarily target sex work strolls. Our daytime team is out on Monday-Thursday each week, and does a combination of deliveries and rolling outreach at drug use hotspots around the city. Outreach volunteers are trained to provide harm reduction counseling, distribute prevention supplies, make referrals, provide HIV/HCV testing and offer holistic support to our diverse client population.
  • # of Volunteers Needed:  10-15
  • Required Training: Direct Service Introductory Training & Outreach Training
  • Skills & experience: Volunteers with direct service experience are greatly preferred, although we do consider folks who are new to this work. Oral communication skills, the ability to connect to people from lots of different backgrounds, and a positive, compassionate outlook are helpful. Emotional maturity is a must! Thursday night availability is a bonus.
  • Commitment level: Minimum 8 hours (1 shift) per month

Hotline

  • Position Description: The HIPS hotline is a low-volume, 24/hr support service that provides harm reduction counseling, safety planning, crisis management, health information, and referrals. It also helps link clients to our syringe exchange services and crisis response team.  The following shifts are staffed by volunteers weekly:
    • a) Mon 6pm – Wed 10am (excluding Tuesday from 10am-6pm, when hotline
      will ring in the office)
      b) Wed 6pm – Thurs 11pm (excluding Thursday from 10am-6pm, when hotline
      will ring in the office)
      c) Friday 5am – 11pm
      d) Sat 5am – 11pm
      e) Sunday 5am – Monday 10am
  • # of Volunteers Needed: 10-15
  • Required Training: Direct Service Introductory Training & Hotline Training
  • Skills & experience: Volunteers with direct service experience are preferred, although we do consider folks who are new to this work. Crisis management skills and prior knowledge of HIV & sexual health information are helpful. Patience, excellent listening skills, and an affirming, compassionate approach are necessary. Friday daytime availability is a bonus!
  • Commitment level: Minimum one shift per month (see above shift schedule)

Syringe Access and On-site Office: Direct Service

  • Position Description: The HIPS office has walk-in hours for clients from 11am-5pm Monday – Thursday each week. Volunteers are sometimes needed to help staff walk-in needle exchange and answer hotline calls. Opportunities to staff the front desk and administer HIV/HCV tests are also available.
  • # of Volunteers Needed: 3-5
  • Required Training: Direct Service Introductory Training, Outreach Training, and Hotline Training
  • Skills & experience: see above for outreach & hotline positions
  • Commitment level: Availability for 1-2 days per month is preferred.

Fundraising Working Group

  • Position Description: This volunteer-led group will work on fundraising to support specific HIPS programs, such as transportation cards for clients who attend support groups, candy and beverages  to distribute during outreach, or hand warmers and warm clothes to distribute during cold months. Fundraising efforts will be supported by Emily Hammell, Interim Development Director, as well as program managers and the HIPS community at large. Volunteers will be given freedom to explore various fundraising strategies, including online campaigns, events, cold calls, etc…
  • # of Volunteers Needed: 10-15
  • Required Training: Fundraising 101
  • Skills & experience: Creativity, patience, and the ability to schmooze are helpful! However, any and all skills you bring to the table may be utilized.
  • Commitment level: The group will probably meet 2x/month initially. Individual members’ time commitment can vary depending on their schedule and availability.

Administrative Support

  • Position Description: Volunteers are sometimes needed to help create fliers and pamphlets, enter data, assist with research projects, and support other administrative work in the HIPS office.
  • # of Volunteers Needed: 2-3
  • Required Training: On-the-job training will be provided as necessary.
  • Skills & experience: Experience with Microsoft Office programs is helpful. Tech-savviness is a plus!
  • Commitment level: Availability 1-2 days per month is preferred. Volunteers who wish to help more often can definitely be accommodated!