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.

For more information on Volunteering in Public Health, please visit

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, 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.

January 2016 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 501-320-6040 or

In addition, Jackie can provide you with promotional materials to use throughout Mentoring Month as well as  Governor's Proclamation for Mentoring Month for January 2016. Contact her with the number you will need. These items may include posteres, bookmarks, mentor recruitment cards and mentor Thank-You're 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 event for the month and we will share them on the DCSNS web and media outlets 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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Area Representatives by County

Contact Information
Area 1 - Northwest Arkansas | Vicki Shadell - Program Management Consultant| email
Counties Served: Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Madison, Marion, Newton, Searcy, 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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