Volunteer opportunities exist at the Middlesex-London Health Unit to enhance and complement the work performed by health unit staff. The volunteer experience that we offer provides members of the community with an opportunity to receive training, gain new skills and the ability to participate in the delivery of a variety of programs.
At this time, the Middlesex-London Health Unit does not have any available volunteer positions.
How to Apply
We appreciate your interest in volunteering with the Middlesex-London Health Unit. Unfortunately, we do not accept unsolicited volunteer applications, so interested applicants must apply to a posted volunteer position.
You will then be contacted by our Human Resources and Volunteer Officer for a brief telephone interview to determine availability and “fit” for the position. References will then be contacted.
Volunteers are required to have a clear Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC). If selected for a volunteer opportunity, the health unit will assist with the completion of the PVSC and the cost.
What is A Health Unit Volunteer?
A health unit volunteer is an individual, who by choice and without compensation, forms a partnership with the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) in promoting its vision and mission, by contributing their time, service and expertise. All health unit volunteers are required to sign an agreement with MLHU which outlines the commitment of the agency to its volunteers and of the volunteers’ commitment to the agency. MLHU agrees to do their best to make their experience rewarding, enjoyable and safe.
Volunteers assist MLHU meet program requirements and provide links to the community. By sharing their skills, ideas, knowledge from other fields, and their diversity, they can be a powerful outreach in our community and enrich the services we provide.
Why People Volunteer
- to build on their own experience, education, skills and knowledge;
- to enhance their personal growth and development;
- to explore possible career choices;
- to help others and gain knowledge about their community;
- to share of themselves and their skills;
- to help achieve a better quality of life in their community;
- to have fun
Volunteers have the right to expect to be treated as a co-worker, equal with all other workers. They may expect:
- to be asked to do useful and challenging tasks, along with consideration for personal preference, time available, distance to travel and training provided
- to learn as much about the organization as possible;
- to be assigned tasks that are of value to the program and the service area;
- to be provided with sufficient training in order to do their work;
- to be provided with sound guidance and direction by someone who is experienced, well-informed, patient, thoughtful;
- to be asked to give input into the planning and evaluation of programs in which they participate as appropriate;
- to increase their knowledge of public health issues;
- to affect change by being a role model, by contributing ideas and feedback and by serving as a community resource;
- to be recognized and appreciated.
Our Volunteer Positions Include:
Community Emergency Response (CERV)
MLHU CERV Volunteers are trained to help in their own communities by preparing for emergencies based on local risks and meeting the challenge when an emergency occurs, whether it’s a health issue, a flood, a severe storm, a major power failure or other hazard. Training includes: emergency & disaster response skills, volunteer & victim safety, fire safety & prevention, emergency first aid & CPR, community emergency management, public awareness & education, decision-making, teamwork & moral, personal & family emergency preparedness, pandemic planning, critical incident stress management, emergency exercise. CERV members must be at least 21 years of age. Volunteers must agree to an interview, to undergo a criminal record check, to prepare themselves, their homes and their families for emergencies and to make a three-year commitment to the program. Further information can be found on the CERV webpage.
Healthy Start Infant Drop-ins
Healthy Start Infant Drop-ins are designed to assist new mothers in caring for themselves and their growing families. The clinics take place in an informal setting, in various areas of London and Middlesex County. Information is provided on topics such as nutrition, growth and development. Volunteers are required to assist the public health nurse by greeting clients upon arrival, documenting information into an Intake log, setting up and putting away equipment, assisting with toddlers, providing proper infection control measures, facilitating the sale of breast pumps and weighing & measuring babies as requested by the nurse. Volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of 6 months. The program allows volunteers to share their knowledge and experience with other moms, meet new people and develop communication skills.
Sometimes emergency situations arise where all of our volunteers are called upon to help. If there is a need in the community for mass immunization clinics, volunteers play a major role. They help with the set up and take down of the reception area at the clinic site, greet the public, distribute and review consents, and provide crowd control. In the event of an emergency, volunteers would be called at home on relatively short notice. Volunteers who help out during emergencies will be given the opportunity to work together with MLHU professionals, meet new people, practice and develop communication skills, and most importantly, contribute to the health of their community.
Last modified on: September 19, 2017