This is probably one of the most visible and most participated in volunteer areas mainly due to most walks, bike rides, and other charity events being for an organization related to our health. It is not difficult to understand why – these issues impact our loved ones, our friends and family, rather than some abstract concept or -ism, animals or nature or people half-way across the world.
There is pretty much a non-profit organization seeking to educate people about and raise money for the cure or prevention of health issue including heart health, cancer, lungs, diabetes, neurological and so on. Our efforts here seek to at minimum improve the way of live for those affected if not save lives and altogether stop the threat of the disease or health issue in the future.
The simplest way to get involved and be a volunteer is to participate in a fundraiser. Sign up, get some pledges and do a walk, run or ride; go to a dinner and bid on some auction items. But it is easy to miss or forget the fact that the event itself needs volunteers to run it. Sure depending on the size of the organization there may be one or more paid people to organize the event but the majority of the people there are volunteers.
These organizations need help in many other ways including clerical duties, manning a booth at an event to talk about the organization, canvasing or other means of awareness, even serving on the board to direct the activities of the organization.
Back when they were called candy stripers and wore the telltale uniform it was more obvious that hospitals use volunteers for many functions, but they still do. Duties of hospital volunteers vary widely depending upon the facility. Volunteers may staff reception areas and gift shops; file and retrieve documents; provide administrative backup; help visitors; visit with patients; or transport various small items like flowers and cookies. Because of health-care laws and insurance liability, volunteers are often limited to clerical duties, or other activities which do not require direct contact with patients.