Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC)
Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is a not-for-profit, volunteer-supported and community-based organization committed to national leadership in the fight against AIDS. GMHC runs a number of different programs including a hotline, HIV/STI testing and counseling program, case management and legal services public policy and preventative education.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are utilized in a number of different roles including
Hotline Counselor: provide callers with information, referrals and emotional support regarding HIV and AIDS-related issues.
Hotline Email Counselor: represent GMHC by providing information, counseling and referrals regarding HIV/AIDS and related issues. Volunteer will provide written response to people who e-mail the hotline.
HIV Testing Center Counselor: provide pre & post HIV/Syphilis counseling in a confidential setting. Volunteers assist clients in assessing readiness for testing as well as their ability to receive results.
Community Educator: represent GMHC to a broad range of audiences within the five boroughs of NYC as a speaker and/or tabling/outreach worker. Volunteers facilitate workshops and/or provide information about HIV and GMHC services (e.g., in classes and clinics, at tables at health and street fairs) in a non-judgmental, supportive manner.
Buddies: assist people with HIV/AIDS who are registered clients to cope with living with the disease. Buddies provide emotional and practical support, helping with errands, household chores, information gathering and referrals to GMHC and other services. Each Buddy also becomes a member of a team, receiving ongoing supervision and training by staff and team leaders. Some buddies work only by phone or e-mail, providing emotional support through regular telephone or e-mail contact. Although we need buddies in all boroughs, our greatest need is in Brooklyn and the Bronx. Spanish as a second language is a plus.