Western Kentucky University

ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships

Health-Related Volunteer Opportunities


American Red Cross

Contact Number: 781-7377

Needs volunteers for:

Disaster Services: Volunteers are needed to respond to state and national disasters.

Disaster Action Team: Volunteers are needed to respond to single-family fires with a disaster action team supervisor.

HIV/AIDS Mentoring: Young people are needed to serve as role models and speak to groups of students using Red Cross HIV/AIDS awareness materials.

Health and Safety Instructor: Volunteers are needed to teach community classes in CPR, First Aid, water safety, and other safety presentations.

First Aid Team: Volunteers are needed to help staff special events throughout the year. Advanced medical training is helpful but not required. Advanced Red Cross First Aid and CPR skills are necessary. Training is available.

Blood Drive Worker: Volunteers are needed to greet and register blood donors.If you are interested in volunteering with the South Central Kentucky Chapter of the American Red Cross, call (270) 781-7377.


American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery

Contact Number: 745-1966

Volunteer visitation program that provides support and information for women facing breast cancer. Volunteers who have survived breast cancer are able to address personal concerns of the patient. Reach for Recovery also provides information and support to loved ones of breast cancer patients. Reach for Recovery volunteers are at usually one year post-treatment for breast cancer. Volunteers are screened and trained by the American Cancer Society and are required to participate in ongoing education.


American Cancer Society Speakers Bureau

Contact Number: 782-9036

You may want to become a speaker for the American Cancer Society sharing your survival story or your knowledge as a healthcare professional. Opportunities to speak include educating the public on early detection and prevention guidelines. Call now to become a part of this important service.


American Cancer Society Road to Recovery

Contact Number: 782-9036

Many patients do not have the means to travel back and forth to treatment and your time is needed to drive persons to treatment in bowling green.


American Cancer Society Advocacy

Contact Number: 782-9036

Serve as a local advocate for legislative issues effecting cancer patients and their care. Volunteers who are interested will contact their senators and representatives on important cancer related topics to make passage of bills possible.


The Center for Courageous Kids

Contact Number: 618-2900 x230

The Center for Courageous Kids is medical based camp located in Scottsville, KY. We are a non-profit organization serving children with chronic- illnesses and terminal conditions. We have 9 week long Summer sessions and 20 family retreats in the Fall and Spring.

Den Counselors: We need individuals who are able to spend a full week or weekend with us and provide supervision for campers. Den Counselors are required to be 19 years old or 18 years old and in college. These individuals truly make impacts in campers lives!

Dining Hall: Volunteers will assist the camp chef with preparing and serving meals during camp sessions as well as the setup and cleanup of the dining hall. These volunteers are needed both during our summer sessions and weekend retreats. Meal slots typically are a 2-3 hour commitment.

Equestrian Program: Volunteers assist our barn staff in leading horses for campers. You are able to provide an opportunity for the first time for many campers. Volunteers are needed throughout the summer and weekend retreats. Riding sessions typically are 3-4 hour commitment.


Commonwealth Health Free Clinic

Contact Number: 781-9260

Needed: patient registration assistants (no clinical background needed), MD, DMD, RPH and ARNP's to treat patients. Volunteers must submit to TB testing (provided free) and attend a short orientation. Volunteers 18 and older are preferred. Volunteer hours availability is M-Th. 8 a.m.–8 p.m. For more information, contact Patty Driskill at (270) 781-9260.


Greenview Regional Hospital Volunteer Program

Contact Number: 270-793-5170

 Greenview Regional Hospital's Volunteer Program is looking for interested individuals year round. It is the hope of The Volunteer Services Department that the experience gained through training and while serving others, provides growth and personal satisfaction for the volunteer. This is an excellent volunteer opportunity for those considering a career in healthcare. Greenview will work with your schedule but does requires a minimum commitment of 4 hours per week.

Please contact Ann Embry for more information at ann.embry@hcahealthcare.com


Hosparus Inc

Contact Number: 782-7258 or 877-892-5858

Hosparus, a community based non-profit hospice for over 30 years, has the following volunteer opportunities available:  

Patient Visits: We care for our patients wherever they call home. This can be a nursing home or the house they have lived in for years. Volunteers visit patients for companionship or to give the caregiver a break, typically once a week for 1-3 hours.

Community Outreach: Hosparus often participates in community health fairs, and needs volunteers to help with set up as well as participating in the health fair to talk with guests about Hosparus.

Administrative: Help out at the Hosparus office with mailings and other types of administrative assistance.

Hosparus will customize a training to fit your schedule! All prospective volunteers will complete an application, which includes a criminal background check and personal references. Administrative and Community Outreach Volunteers can be trained in approximately 2 hours. Volunteers who work with patients will receive an additional 5-6 hours of training, and will need a TB skin test.

Please contact Debbie at 782-7258. 

 Currently needing volunteers for Home Setting, Nursing home and Administrative.

Hospice of Southern Kentucky, Inc.

Contact Number: 782-3402 or 1-800-344-9479

Hospice cares for terminally ill patients in Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Simpson and Warren counties. Volunteer opportunities may include patient visitation or possible light house duties in order to give caregivers some free time. Requires 21 hours of training, TB test, criminal background check, interview and attendance at two in-service trainings a year. Hospice is only interested in volunteers that can make a long-term commitment if working with patient. There are also volunteer openings for those not wishing to assist with patients including clerical work, assistance with fund raisers, putting together a newsletter, etc.

Please contact Angie at 782-3402 for more information. 


The National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Contact Number: 745-1021

Volunteers work in a variety of settings including Front Desk Patient Information, Emergency Dept., Outpatient, Ambulatory Surgery, Patient Mail, Critical Care Waiting, Gift Shop, and other CHC entities. Volunteer requirements include application, drug screen, two TB skin tests, CHC Orientation, interview and references (no expense to volunteer).Commitment of at least 100 hours. Most volunteers come one half day per week. Special summer opportunities for teens ages 14-17. Call the Volunteer Services Department at (270) 745-1021 to receive a Volunteer Application or to request more information or visit the website at http://www.mcbg.org/volunteerservices/default.htm.



Contact Number: 282-3275

A 501 3c national charity with local chapters all over the US. This is the first one to be established in the state of Kentucky. This charity serves low income babies and toddlers to age 5. The purpose is to provide essential baby items free of charge to low income families and families in crisis.


Donation Items

Below is a list of items needed for the infant care kits as well as items needed for families with greater needs. All donations are tax deductable. We can pick up large donations. Used, new and homemade items are welcome.

Diapers, wipes, soap, lotion and diaper cream.

Blankets, quilts, afghans, or fleece blankets.

Sleepers, onsies and clothing (sizes 0-5T)

Stuffed animals, small toys, or books.

Preemie sized diapers and sleepers

Cribs, pack and plays, changing tables, strollers, etc.

Monetary Contribution

If you’d like to make a monetary contribution, make a check out to NEWBORNS IN NEED and send check to 669 Willow Bend Circle, Bowling Green, KY 42104. A tax receipt will be mailed back to you immediately.


We need help!! If you can help us collect items through your child’s school or church, if you make baby blankets or hats, if you want to come help us pack care kits- we need you! Children are welcome! If you have one hour per month or want to do more, please contact us. Any questions? Contact 282-3275; Email: bgnewborns@gmail.com or visit the website at www.bgnewborns.wordpress.com <http://www.bgnewborns.wordpress.com>


The Food Abides: WKU Food Pantry

Volunteers are needed to help staff the food pantry, sort donations, distribute flyers around campus, and arrange food drives. This would be a great opportunity for a student group or individuals around campus. The Food Abides provides food assistance to students and staff of WKU and BG Tech as needed. Currently the food pantry is open Mondays and Tuesdays 4p-6p in Potter Hall 409 (Counseling & Testing Center). These times and location are subject to change. Anyone interested in helping out in any way should contact Sarah Arnold at sarah.arnoldmsw@gmail.com

Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wkufoodpantry for more information.

 Last Modified 10/14/13