Volunteer to explore

August 20, 2013 —

Do you like to work with junior high/high school kids? Do you like to educate others about different health career opportunities? Do you like to participate in hands-on activities? Are you looking for an on-going volunteer activity?

Health-Careers-Exploring-Post-141Then we have the opportunity for you!

  • Health Careers Exploring Post 141is a long-standing program here at DMU helping to educate local area youth about many different types of careers in the medical field.
  • The program costs them only $20 for the entire year. We typically have around 80 paid members each year with 30-40 attending each meeting.
  • Each evening we try to explore health careers (those we offer here at DMU and others outside the university) that are of interest to the students.
  • We try to make each program hands-on to keep them interested.
When is it?
  • We meet the 2nd and 4Tuesday of each month, September through April.
  • We meet in LH1 on campus from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. (occasionally we take field trips and in those instances we meet at the location).
What would my role/commitment time be?
  • We hold planning meetings during the day (typically over lunch hours), once every two weeks or so.
  • If you’re unable to make those meetings, it’s not a big deal. We really need advisors to be AT the Tuesday evening meetings to help with the programs.
  • We only have to have 2-3 advisors at each program meeting so the more advisors the better! Then you don’t have to attend all of them if you have a conflict.
How do I get involved?
This volunteer opportunity is for everyone! You don’t have to be a current student or employee of Des Moines University to participate.
  • Email Melissa.wilder@dmu.edu and let her know you’re interested.
  • We’re going to hold a lunch informational session near the end of August to give more information about the program.
  • If you’re unable to make the lunch, Melissa will set up an individual time to meet with you and go over specifics.

With a love for all things 80’s and an obsession for organizing, Melissa Wilder prefers to spend her time away from DMU scrapbooking, being outside, hanging out with her family, or reading a good book. Although on some winter days she dreads her 30 minute commute, she still looks forward to coming in and working with the exceptional people of DMU.

The university’s community relations manager, Melissa spends her days scheduling and organizing events, responding to requests, and looking for opportunities that help DMU’s students and employees ‘give back’ to the great city of Des Moines.