Volunteer in Public Health

Public health header.jpgWithout volunteers to rely on, it is hard to imagine how the public health industry could fulfill its mission. The impact of volunteerism goes far beyond the doctors and nurses who volunteer their time and expertise to free clinics. Many people who want to help others do not need health care experience to support efforts like educating the public about health and safety issues, answering phones at clinics and health hotlines, or delivering meals to seniors.

As busy as life can be, it can seem hard to find the time to volunteer. This guide will help you gain an informed perspective on volunteering. Below we cover the social and economic impact of volunteers and the personal benefits of volunteering.

We include information about volunteer opportunities in the public health industry as well as many other areas of society. Take note of the key points to consider in your decision to volunteer, then check out the resources we highlighted to help you start your search for the organization that best matches your interests and schedule.

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Arkansas Mentors Program

The goal of the Arkansas Mentors Program is to help families on public assistance become self-sufficient through the assistance of community volunteers serving as mentors.

  • The Arkansas Mentors Program began in 1991 from a Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support initiative, in collaboration with the Division of County Operations and community leaders. It has been active in 49 of Arkansas' 75 counties. Fifteen states have benefited from information about the program, some as far away as New York and Vermont.
  • The components of the program are one-to-one mentoring, team mentoring, and family mentoring.  Team and family mentoring are especially appropriate for men, clubs, or Sunday school classes.
    The volunteer mentors are caring people who are dependable, know community resources, and are good communicators and problem solvers. They help the mentees raise self-esteem and develop problem solving, life and work skills.
  • Local collaborative groups include individuals from TEA Coalitions, the Cooperative Extension Service, Junior Auxiliaries, Mother-to-Mother Ministry, Single-Parent Scholarship Programs, and retired teachers, plus members of numerous faith-based organizations.
  • The Arkansas Mentors Program has coordinated five regional faith-based conferences and one statewide mentoring conference. The faith-based conferences were developed in partnership with the Interfaith Conference.
  • As a commitment to Arkansas’ Promise - the Alliance for Youth, the Arkansas Mentors Program has introduced every county in Arkansas to the Arkansas Mentors Program.
    In-service training, technical assistance, and help with funding sources are available to organizations that want to adopt the program in their community. 
  • The Arkansas Mentors Program is a simple, straightforward program that is having a profound impact on the lives of our fellow Arkansans. 

For more information on the Arkansas Mentors Program, or to start a program in your area, please contact Selena Ellis, Program Administrator, at 501-682-7540, or toll-free at 1-800-482-5850, ext. 27540.

Certified Volunteer Manager (CVM) Program

APAC, the Arkansas Public Administration Consortium, sponsors a nationally recognized Certified Volunteer Manager (CVM) program designed for administrators, directors, managers and coordinators of volunteers and volunteer programs.

The CVM program fosters professional excellence in volunteer management. Participants in the CVM program complete six professional management workshops and a management narrative focusing on:

  • volunteer leadership
  • professional standards and achievements; and
  • new developments in the theory and practice of volunteer management

Successful graduates of the program are then recognized as Certified Volunteer Managers by the Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA), an international organization for professionals in volunteerism and volunteer administration.

Please note that one prerequisite for admission into the CVM program is completion of Volunteer Management 101. The Volunteer Management 101 course is offered by DCSNS at no charge to participants. Please  contact your area representative for more information on this course, or on the CVM program.

Dr. J.C. Babbs, Sr. Award 

 The annual Dr. J.C. Babbs Award will be presented at the AmeriCorps Opening Ceremony each year. This award honors an outstanding AmeriCorps member, past or present, who exemplifies the goals and ideals of AmeriCorps. Nominations may come from program directors or site supervisors. Multiple members maybe nominated from the same AmeriCorps program. The 2011 Babbs Award Nomination form is due September 16th. Contact Marilyn Henderson at for more information. Click on the below link for the required nomination form.

Babbs Award Nomination Form.pdf 

January is National Mentoring Month! 

January is national Mentoring Month and we celebrate it here in Arkansas each year.  For information on the National Mentoring Summit, go to
If you are interested in future Mentoring Month activities, please contact Jackie Stubblefield at 501-682-7817 or

In addition, Jackie can provide you with promotional materials to use throughout Mentoring Month. Contact her with the number you will need. These items may include posteres, bookmarks, mentor recruitment cards and mentor thank-you cards and are all offerred at no cost.

We love to hear what organizations and groups around the state are doing to celebrate Mentoring Month in Arkansas, so let us hear from you! Send us your plans for the month and we will share them the National Mentoring Month organizers to highlight what's going on in Arkansas!

Organizational Self-Assessment Survey 

Welcome to the Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support's Organizational Self-Assessment Online Survey.  By clicking on the link below, you will have the opportunity to assess your organization.  This survey is an easy way to get a deeper understanding of your organization’s strengths and weaknesses. The survey is designed to guide you through a general assessment of your organization. There are no wrong answers. Please answer as honestly as possible so as to provide the most accurate picture of your organizational structure.  Once you have finished the survey please contact your area representative from DCSNS, let them know that you have completed the survey, and they will set up a time to help you understand the results and also talk with you about any technical assistance and training that would benefit your organization.
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President's Volunteer Service Award

The Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support knows that helping others does not depend on age. Volunteers, young and old, are assets to our state. In working with local community partners, DCSNS hopes to make community service a common experience of all Arkansas' youth. Children who volunteer become adults who volunteer!

The President’s Volunteer Service awards recognize the dedication of America's volunteers, and encourage more Americans to engage in volunteer service.  Visit the website below for additional information.
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Program Management Consulting

Consultating is available to your non-profit organization, business, or volunteer program by our staff of area representatives who provide this service across the state of Arkansas. This consulting is provided at no cost to your organization.  Your area representative can assist you in a variety of topic areas, from recruitment, to recognition, general volunteer management to board development and much, much more.

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September is Volunteer Month in Arkansas!

We at the Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support use this opportunity to draw special recognition to the efforts of volunteers, and to thank those who are doing all the hard work. If you know a volunteer, thank them. If you ARE a volunteer, THANK YOU! The theme for this year is "Volunteers Hear the Cry See the Need Lend a Hand!" and for more information on Arkansas Volunteer Month please contact: Dekitra Ross-Larry .

Area Representatives by County

Contact Information
Area 1 - Northwest Arkansas | Vicki Shadell - Program Management Consultant| email
Counties Served: Baxter, Benton, Baxter, Boone, Carroll, Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Madison, Marion, Newton, Searcy, Newton, Madison, Polk, Scott, Sebastian, Washington​
Area 2 - Northeast Arkansas | Andrew Bates- Program Management Consultant| email
Counties Served: Clay, Craighead, Cross, Fulton, Greene, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Mississippi, Poinsett, Randolph, Sharp​
Area 3 - Central Arkansas | Ezell Breedlove - Program Management Consultant| email
Counties Served: Cleburne, Conway, Faulkner, Johnson, Lonoke, Perry, Pope, Prairie, Stone, Van Buren, White, Woodruff, Yell
Area 4 - Southwest Arkansas| Jackie Stubblefield - Program Management Consultant| email
Counties Served: Calhoun, Clark, Columbia, Dallas, Garland, Hempstead, Hot Spring, Howard, Lafayette, Little River, Miller, Montgomery, Nevada, Ouachita, Pike, Sevier, Union
Area 5 - Southeast | Dekitra Ross-Larry - Program Management Consultant| email
Counties Served: Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Desha, Drew, Grant, Jefferson, Lee, Lincoln, Monroe, Phillips, St. Francis


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