Join us for our May Volunteer Orientation!

Find more info here.

Interested in volunteering at HIPS? Sign up for our volunteer mailing 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 outreach@hips.org

HIPS relies on over 100 volunteers to ensure that our programs can help sex workers and drug users lead healthier lives. Last year, sex workers donated over 100 hours of volunteer work to HIPS. Trained volunteers and interns conduct outreach, staff our 24-hour hotline and drop-in services at our center, develop materials and kits, and provide critical administrative support.

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

 

Volunteer Positions –2015

Please note:  Attendance at the HIPS Volunteer Orientation is mandatory for all positions. Find out about our upcoming Volunteer Orientation here.

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, needle exchange, condom distribution, and harm reduction counseling around DC. Our overnight weekend shifts are from 11 P.M. – 5 A.M. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Our daytime team is out Monday – Thursday in the afternoon each week.
  • # of Volunteers Needed:  10-15
  • Required Training: Direct Service Introductory Training, Outreach Training & Hotline 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, as well as support to DC’s LGBTQ community through the LGBTQ Violence Response Hotline. It also helps link clients to our syringe exchange services and crisis response team.  
  • # 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 

 

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 HIPS programs. 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: 5-8
  • 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!