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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Twitter Chat: Student Health Volunteers

Volunteering to Support Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery

April 21, 1-2PM ET | Hosted by @PHEgov | Use #NHSSchat in all your tweets

When students volunteer to help keep their communities safe and healthy before, during and after a disaster, communities and students both win. When students make the choice to volunteer, they are giving an important gift to their community and while gaining valuable skills and meeting new people.

Students can use their strengths and develop the skills that they have learned while they volunteer. Some help staff vaccination clinics or blood drives, others help with community outreach efforts, and some even work to get their friends and fellow students interested in preparedness by organizing events like the student-led 2015 Schoolhouse Rock Teen Video Contest.

Students benefit too. Getting hands-on experience can help you learn more than you might have from a textbook alone. And you never know who you will meet when you volunteer – it could be a lifelong friend or even your first boss.

During the chat, we’ll discuss:

  • Why volunteering matters to students and how it helps you and your community
  • When is the best time to make the choice to volunteer and how volunteering before a disaster strikes makes your community more healthy when disaster strikes
  • What are some common barriers to volunteering and how to overcome them
  • What is unique about student volunteers and what special skills they bring to preparedness, response and recovery programs
  • Where young people can learn more about volunteering

  • This page last reviewed: June 02, 2015