Puget Sound Volunteer Opportunities

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We need volunteers to help with various events, programs and projects around the Puget Sound and beyond. For volunteer inquiries, email us at [email protected]. Thank you!

Volunteer Opportunities In the Community

Health Presentations and Trainings for Construction Workers

Are you a health professional with experience in blood pressure measurement, CPR or mental well-being? The American Heart Association’s Hard Hats with Heart (HHWH) initiative is focused on improving the health of constructions workers who face high rates of key risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Thanks to local clinical volunteers, we offer blood pressure trainings and CPR demonstrations to construction workers on jobsites throughout the Puget Sound. These sessions provide information to educate on risk factors and encourage lifestyle improvements.

As we expand service offerings to HHWH companies, we are also looking for volunteer health professionals equipped to speak about the implications of mental well-being on heart disease and stroke risk factors and offer tools to improve overall health and well-being.

Volunteer role and requirements:

  • Volunteers from a variety of backgrounds including licensed mental health counselors, social workers, community health educators, nurses, doctors and other health professionals passionate about mental well-being.
  • Example presentations include a combination of AHA materials, incorporating expertise and perspectives from the field, and an activity such as meditation, breathwork or mindfulness. Topic will be determined based on company needs/request.
  • Willing to travel to jobsites within an hour of the Seattle metro area.
  • Comfortable presenting virtually or in-person. These opportunities involve engaging with groups ranging from 5 to 100 people. 
  • Practice sessions with AHA staff can be arranged prior to rehearse and review content.
  • Volunteers with personal connections or familiarity with the construction industry are encouraged to reach out.

Interested? Email [email protected] and [email protected] for more information.

Food Innovation Network: Summer Meals Program Volunteers

Nearly 250,000 kids in the Puget Sound are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. During the summer, families are tasked with providing those meals at home, which can be difficult if families lack access to affordable, nutritious foods.

Food Innovation Network, a local organization that increases access to healthy foods and supports local food businesses in the diverse communities of SeaTac/Tukwila and South King County, will be hosting a Summer Meals program to provide healthy meals for youth and their caregivers in Tukwila from June 20th-August 31st, every Monday and Wednesday. The meals will be served from 4pm-6pm, and volunteers are needed 3:30-6:30pm. Most of the families will be refugees/immigrants living in the Tukwila area.

Location: Tukwila Village, 14350 Tukwila International Blvd, Tukwila, WA

Volunteer role and requirements:

  • Volunteers would help serve meals and track accordingly, setup/cleanup, and help run enrichment/engagement activities for attendees.
  • They are looking for 2 volunteers per day. However, Wednesdays will be the busiest and more volunteers may be needed on these days.

  • Volunteers can participate on an ongoing basis or for individual dates.

  • Volunteers should complete a basic background check since this opportunity involves children. The American Heart Association can conduct these at no cost.

Interested? Please email [email protected] with the dates you'd like to volunteer (June 20th-August 31st, every Monday and Wednesday).

Trident Health and Benefits Fair

Our friends (and AHA supporters) at Trident Seafoods Corporation are looking for volunteers to staff a table and represent AHA at their employee Health and Benefits Fair.

Details:

  • Tuesday, September 27th, 11am – 1pm (volunteer setup at 10am), 5303 Shilshole Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
  • They expect around 200-300 employees
  • The fair will be held outdoors and we will have an American Heart Association tent and chairs
  • All materials will be provided including talking points, topic TBD (Move More, Puget Sound Heart and Stroke Walk) and any giveaways
  • We may also be looking for volunteers with clinical expertise to provide blood pressure or Hands-Only CPR demos to help folks learn how to measure their own blood pressure or save a life from cardiac arrest

Interested? Please email [email protected] for more information.

Register and Volunteer: 2022 Puget Sound Heart and Stroke Walks

Physical and emotional health have never been more important than they are now! Registering for the 2022 Puget Sound Heart & Stroke Walks is a great way to boost them both - all while making an impact in your community by raising funds for science that helps us live longer, be healthier and make more moments possible. Register to walk and ask your friends and family to join your team to get your hearts pumping together! When you join, you will gain access to our mobile app to track your steps, earn rewards, and groove to our exclusive Heart and Stroke Walk playlist.

Interested in volunteering at the events? Email [email protected] and [email protected] for more information.

Event details: 
Seattle: Saturday, October 8, Seattle Center
Tacoma: Saturday, October 15, Cheney Stadium

Ready to move more today? Check out this toolkit for tips and tricks to add more exercise in your day, including a four-week plan to commit to small steps towards a healthier lifestyle.

Virtual Volunteerism Opportunities

Become A Campaign Ambassador

Are looking for an opportunity for deeper involvement with the American Heart Association? Do you have a personal connection to our mission through your family, career or maybe you are a survivor yourself? Wherever your passion comes from, being a campaign ambassador allows you to join a network of caregivers, providers and survivors all united by a common goal, to empower everyone in our community with the information and resources they need to live long, heart-healthy lives. As a campaign ambassador, you will share your personal story as well as information and assets we provide about important issues in our community to encourage others to take positive action for their health. By engaging in various campaign activities through community programs, events, fundraising, media activities and social media, you can leverage your powerful voice to raise heart health awareness and advocate for change. For more information about this impactful opportunity, email [email protected]

Join Our You're the Cure Network of Advocates

Whether it is our own health that is impacted or the lives of family members, friends or co-workers, there is a lot at stake when it comes to fighting heart disease and stroke. We all have the power to make a difference by speaking out for policies that help build healthier communities and healthier lives. By joining You’re the Cure, our online advocacy community, volunteers can begin taking actions to change communities and lives immediately. Our action center makes it easy to connect with local representatives to help inform legislative and regulatory policies locally and nationally. Visit yourethecure.org to register and visit the Action Center to learn about current priorities.

Be A Social Media Ambassador

Help us amplify our social media content authentically and with a variety of audiences. We need volunteers who are active on social media to share important information and inspire others to engage with our mission. By joining us in our social media efforts, we can engage with more people and ultimately save more lives! Remember, you are powerful – sharing content through your personal network can influence friends, family and even strangers to make healthier decisions. You can help us by following our accounts, engaging with our content or taking part in social media challenges. Interested in getting involved? Email [email protected] to express your interest and follow @AmericanHeartWA on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Help Save Lives with CPR

Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. About 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance. In as little as two minutes, volunteers can learn updated techniques for administering Hands-Only CPR to help save a life. Use this toolkit for all the tools you need to host a Hands-Only CPR volunteer activity to help more people learn the two simple steps to save a life from cardiac arrest. Additionally, be sure to check out and share the additional information on how to safely perform Hands-Only CPR during COVID-19.

Participate in Lifesaving Research

Heart disease takes the life of 1 in 3 women. Participating in research could help change that. Historically, clinical studies have not adequately included women or analyzed women-specific heart health data, yet that is the best way to improve care and prevent heart disease altogether. You can help unlock the power of science to find new ways to treat, beat and prevent heart disease in women through Research Goes Red. Choose to contribute through clinical research, surveys, focus groups and more to help improve health for all.

Become a Power Ambassador for Your Congregation

The American Heart Association and WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) are committed to ensuring equitable health for all people. We are on a mission to support the ongoing health journeys of African American women and their faith-based communities, and are looking for Power Ambassadors willing to rally their church groups together virtually once a week to view online health lessons. Group attendees will take a quick online quiz after each health lesson, and Power Ambassadors will help attendees take charge of their health.

Review Translated Documents for Diverse Communities

We are working to translate vital documents for many audiences. Volunteers who understand our mission and our emphasis on scientific accuracy and cultural sensitivity can help review professionally translated documents to help us quickly get this information to those who need it most. Those who are fluent in the following languages and who have experience in translating written documents are needed to assist: Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese (traditional or simplified), Mandarin, Hmong, and Korean. Qualified volunteers should contact us at [email protected].

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