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Volunteer Opportunities

With a little time and effort, you can make a difference in the lives of those we serve.  Whether your role involves client interaction, providing administrative support, or helping us meet challenges in an emergency,the DuPage County Health Department welcomes you to share our mission in promoting the health and safety of our community. 

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We offer a variety of volunteer options in the following areas:

Behavioral Health Services (BHS)

Be a role model, self-esteem builder and empathic listener to clients facing mental illness.  BHS Volunteer placements include: 1:1 Mentor, Drop-In Center and Crisis Unit Support.

Office of Risk and Emergency Management (OREM)

Emergency Preparedness & Response

Sign-up to assist OREM with emergency preparedness, prevention and protection services during emergency operations.  Service opportunities vary, depending on identified needs and your schedule of availability.  Please follow instructions below for more information and an application form.

Medical Reserve Corps

The DuPage County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is sponsored by the DuPage Health County Health Department. It consists of both medical and non-medical volunteers that train to prepare for and respond to large-scale emergencies and disasters such as an influenza epidemic, chemical release or an act of terrorism affecting DuPage County.

Additionally, MRC volunteers help support the priorities of the Office of the Surgeon General by participating in programs such as: Start The Heart, FORWARD, and other public health education activities.  To sign-up with the MRC to assist us with emergency preparedness, prevention and protection services during emergency operations apply online: http://www.dupagehealth.org/apply. Service opportunities vary, depending on identified needs and your schedule of availability. For more information about the MRC, please e-mail: volunteer@dupagehealth.org

Community Health Services,and Environmental Health Services

Additional volunteer placements may also available in Community Health Services and Environmental Health Services, depending on identified program needs.

Eligibility for Adult Volunteers:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age and a high school graduate
  • Consent to, and, pass a background check
  • Provide (2) references
  • Submit the completed Volunteer Application form
  • Be able to make a (6) month commitment, serving between (2) - (4) hours weekly, depending on your volunteer placement
  • Meet with the Volunteer Specialist for a Screening Interview
  • Complete the Volunteer Training
  • Be mature, flexible and reliable


Junior Volunteers: The same eligibility requirements for adult volunteers apply with the addition that participation is subject to parental consent.  

Training

The scope of training required will vary depending on the volunteer placement.

Training for BHS volunteer placements consists of two (2) hour classes provided over the course of several weeks.  This prepares volunteers to interact with clients who face mental illness. The classes are relaxed and informal with the emphasis on empowering volunteers.  Training is held quarterly and the schedule is subject to change. 

Volunteer Instructions and Application

If you'd like to volunteer at the DuPage County Health Department, please print and fill out this  Application, and mail it to the Volunteer Development Specialist (111 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187).  You will be contacted to discuss volunteer placement options, training, requirements, and, "where you fit in." 

Please note: Volunteer opportunities periodically change, positions may be limited and placements are not guaranteed.

For information, please e-mail the Health Department at volunteeropportunities@dupagehealth.org.