Puget Sound Volunteer Opportunities

 

volunteers holding inspiration signs and cheering at Heart and Stroke Walk finish line

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

Be the Beat and Raise Awareness of Women's Leading Killer

The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement raises awareness of cardiovascular disease as the No. 1 killer of women and in 2023, aims to reduce the disparities women face in receiving CPR from an untrained lay responder. We are encouraging at least one person from every family to learn Hands-Only CPR. By learning this lifesaving skill, more people can be prepared to ‘Be the Beat’ for a woman they love.

Download our Go Red for Women Planning Guide for exciting ways to raise awareness and engage in Wear Red Day and American Heart Month. The toolkit includes key dates, social media information and tips to Go Red at work and through personal action.

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.

Health Fair Volunteers

We receive many requests to attend health fairs and share information on heart disease, stroke and healthy living. If you would like to volunteer on an as-needed basis, we will notify you when there is an opportunity. All information will be provided including talking points with key focuses, printed materials and giveaways.

If interested, please contact [email protected] with your availability and areas of interest/expertise.

Seattle Office Administrative Support

We are looking for volunteers to assist with year-round administrative/office tasks, including writing personalized thank you cards, organization, mail merges, printing/laminating, stuffing bags and more.

If you're interested in assisting our team, please contact [email protected] with your Monday-Friday availability. We may require a background check for in-office work in downtown Seattle.

Virtual Volunteerism Opportunities

Review/Translate Documents for Diverse Communities

We are working to translate vital documents for many audiences. Native speakers who understand our mission and our emphasis on scientific accuracy and cultural sensitivity can help translate or review professionally translated documents to help us quickly get this information to our diverse communities who need it most. Whether you're using your cultural and language skills to make sure materials make sense to community members, or taking on a full translation project, your skills are appreciated!

Languages we've identified as commonly needed are: Amharic, Chinese (traditional or simplified), Dari, Farsi, French, Khmer, Korean, Marshallese, Oromo, Pashto, Punjabi, Russian, Samoan, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.

If interested, please contact [email protected] and list the languages you’d be able to assist with.

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.

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