Volunteer & Clinical Placement
Build compassion and bring positive change to the community by volunteering with Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW). Volunteers have the opportunity to contribute to the health and wellbeing of the community by either working directly with clients or behind the scenes in our health services clinics. We welcome anyone with an interest in public health to apply for the program.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
How to Get Started
- Read through our Do you have what it takes to be a LMPHW Volunteer? to see if this volunteer role is the right fit for you.
- Please complete the online Volunteer Application. Following review and approval, you will be emailed instructions to complete a background check.
- Complete the additional paperwork and return it to the Volunteer Center. Additional paperwork will be included in your welcome email once your background check is completed.
- Attend the New Volunteer Orientation. All volunteers must attend an orientation before beginning their volunteer service. During the orientation, we will discuss volunteer policies and emergency procedures.
- Complete role-specific training. Following orientation, volunteers will need to complete a series of online trainings. These trainings cover topics such as hand hygiene and confidentiality and will help prepare you for your volunteer role.
- Obtain a TB skin test. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that healthcare personnel, including volunteers, be required to be tested for tuberculosis. You will need to contact the TB Clinic at 502-574-6617 to schedule an appointment to obtain your TB test prior to volunteering. A minimum of 3 days is required to complete the process.
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Submit a criminal record background check
- Obtain a TB skin test prior to volunteering
Harm Reduction Program
Our Harm Reduction Outreach program is for people who use drugs by injection (IDU’s). The goal of the program is to reduce the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C and other blood-borne infections by providing new, sterile syringes and clean injection equipment. Syringes and needles are disposed of safely, reducing the number of discarded syringes on our sidewalks, yards, parks and play grounds.
We also help individuals who inject drugs by providing education materials about harms associated with drug use and how to seek treatment.
Our Tuberculosis Clinic provides diagnostic and treatment services for Jefferson, Bullitt, Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties.
Specialty (Sexual Health) Clinic
The Specialty Clinic is a walk-in clinic and offers service for patients who need STD, HIV, and hepatitis C testing and referrals.
Our Medication Oriented Recovery and Enhancement (MORE) Program provides medically monitored drug treatment (methadone) and counseling to patients addicted to narcotic drugs like heroin, morphine, OxyContin, Opana and Dilaudid. It is by a Federal Block Grant through the State of Kentucky.
Our mission is to empower people addicted to narcotic drugs to discontinue illegal drug use and to improve their quality of life. Our treatment uses a comprehensive structured recovery model of counseling, education, medical care and case management.
If you have a special interest or training, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator about additional volunteer opportunities.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call or text the Volunteer Hotline at 502-439-6978 on Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.