Volunteering with the Health Unit


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Volunteers make an important contribution to the delivery of our programs and we are committed to providing opportunities for volunteers to learn and serve Perth County.

Join our volunteer team!

  • Photo of three people with volunteer badgesTake an active role and make a difference in your community.
  • Use existing skills or develop new ones.
  • Help others.
  • Have fun
  • Network in our unique community health setting.
  • Gain volunteer hours and valuable work experience.

We offer a range of volunteer opportunities, many of which are listed below. While some programs may not require volunteers at this time, we will be happy to take your name for future reference.

Please review the volunteer options before completing the on-line application below:

Volunteer Options

Program support: Clerical/Office Volunteer

Help staff with a variety of general administrative tasks, such as assembling information packages, labelling, photocopying, etc. This is a good fit for individuals with weekday availability and students seeking community service hours.

Volunteer Role Description: Program Support – Clerical-Office Volunteer (PDF)

Enjoy Relating to Youth? Be a Teen Esteem or Elements Volunteer

This short-term, school-based volunteer placement gives you an opportunity to support Grade 7 and 8 students in Perth County through our Teen Esteem program for girls and Elements for boys.

  • Donate your time one lunch hour a week for a six week session.
  • Facilitate discussion and lead students in interactive games and activities that are outlined in a manual designed by public health nurses.
  • Session topics include self-esteem, communication, healthy relationships, stress management, social media and goal setting.
  • Orientation and training is provided by a public health nurse and a public health nurse is present at every session.
  • Our goal is to empower and equip youth to make healthy life choices!

Volunteer Role Descriptions:

Young Parents Place Assistant

Support our Young Parents Place program by assisting with childcare on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 5 – 7 pm at the Ontario Early Years Centre in Stratford. Young Parents’ Place is a program for pregnant teens, young moms and dads (under 25 years) and their children in Perth County. Families come to enjoy a meal that they cook together, make new friends and talk about parenting and pregnancy.

Volunteer Role Description: Young Parents Place Assistant (PDF)

Calling All Three Year Olds Kindergarten Registration Volunteer

Support our Child Health team with Calling All Three Year Olds (CATYO) Kindergarten Registration during the month of November. This volunteer experience is suited for people with an educational background and/or experience in the health or education field. CATYO helps children get ready for starting school.

Volunteer Role Description: Calling All Three Year Olds Kindergarten Registration Volunteer (PDF)

Healthy Eating Presenter

Deliver healthy eating/nutrition presentations to workplaces and community organizations throughout Perth County. Ideal for someone with an educational background and experience in nutrition/dietetics who enjoys sharing this knowledge with the public! Presenters will have access to a Nutrition Resource Centre Healthy Eating Manual and resources.

Volunteer Role Description: Healthy Eating Presenter (PDF)

flu crewThe Flu Crew

Each fall, we hold free Flu Shot clinics throughout Perth County. Support our Communicable Disease team by helping with various duties at these community clinics.

Volunteer Role Descriptions:

Health Unit Ambassador

Serve as a Perth District Health Unit ambassador at workplace health fairs and community events. Ideal for someone with a basic knowledge of public health, who
enjoys interacting with community members and is interested in promoting public health programs and services.

Volunteer Role Description: Health Unit Ambassador (PDF)

Delivery Driver

Deliver healthy food boxes once a month to Perth District Health Unit clients. Use of a reliable vehicle, valid driver’s license and automobile insurance is required.

Volunteer Role Description: Delivery Driver (PDF)

Information Distribution

Distribute information regarding Health Unit campaigns, services or events to organizations throughout Perth County, approximately 6 – 10/year. This is a great opportunity for someone who enjoys driving and is interested in promoting public health programs and services.

Volunteer Role Description: Information Distribution (PDF)

Project-Focused Health Promotion

Special projects arise throughout the year that are ideal for individuals with a passion for public health.

How do I become a Health Unit Volunteer?

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with the Perth District Health Unit, please complete the Volunteer Application.

Note: Please be prepared to give two references: one non-family, character reference and one employment/volunteer reference if applicable. Please include daytime telephone number and email address.

Have questions? Call the Coordinator of Volunteer Services at 519-271-7600 ext 305 or toll-free at 1-877-271-7348 ext 305 or email volunteer@pdhu.on.ca.

Applications are processed as openings occur and kept on file pending openings for 1 year.

The Perth District Health Unit is an equal opportunity employer and values workplace diversity.

Volunteer Joan at Calling All Three Year Olds

Volunteer Joan at Calling All Three Year Olds

Volunteer Jeff Hulley

Volunteer Jeff Hulley

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Elements Volunteers