Volunteer

Every year, Live Healthy Appalachia is humbled by the generosity and dedication of our volunteers. With your help, our mission to promote healthy eating and active living through educational programs and community partnerships grows stronger. Your time and effort in sharing your skills with the community are deeply felt and make a positive impact. Thank you!

Below are several opportunities for you to choose from. Please contact us at volunteer@livehealthyappalachia.org or call us at 740-856-6100 with any questions or suggestions you may have. We look forward to meeting you!

Volunteer Opportunities Available

  • Live Healthy Kids Assistant

    Live Healthy Kids is a nutrition, cooking, and physical wellness curriculum offered in elementary schools throughout Athens County. This Live Healthy Appalachia program aims to show children how to make delicious and healthy food through a multi-sensory, hands-on experience. In this classroom-based curriculum, children, their teachers, Live Healthy Kids Food Educators and volunteers are learning together about ways to live a healthier, more active life in Appalachia.

    Purpose and Impact: The LHK Assistant helps Live Healthy Appalachia teach children about making delicious, nutritious food that they can share with their families. As an assistant, you will help LHA’s cause in fighting childhood obesity as these cooking classes can inspire children to eat better and stay active.

    Tasks and Responsibilities: You will be working directly with elementary-aged children and two Live Healthy Kids Food Educators and will be doing a combination of the following:
    Guiding children how to use a knife properly
    Helping with classroom management
    Engaging with the students
    Prepping ingredients before children cook
    Assist with children and Food Educators with cooking
    Washing dishes at the end of the lesson

    Required Skills: Communication and people skills, adaptability, flexibility
    Preferred Skills: Experience working with children, ability to think on your feet

    Time Commitment: At least 1-hr cooking class during the week per semester

    Site and Supervision: Varies on public school (please refer to list of schools below). You will be primarily supervised by your Food Educators.
    Schools:
    2nd Grade Classrooms throughout Athens County: Alexander Elementary, Amesville Elementary, Coolville Elementary, East Elementary, Morrison Elementary, Nelsonville-York Elementary, The Plains Elementary, Trimble Elementary, West Elementary

    Other Requirements: Training, access to reliable transportation

    Volunteer Benefits: As an LHK Assistant, you will be able to do the following:
    Strengthen soft skills
    Expand professional and personal networks
    Gain experience working with elementary-aged children
    Learn about nutrition and healthy eating habits and lifestyles
    Gain leadership and mentorship skills
    Taste food for free!

    Contact: If you are interested and have any more questions, please contact us at volunteer@livehealthyappalachia.org or call us at 740-856-6100.

  • Cooking Coach

    The Cooking Coaches program provides opportunities for community members through a series of hands-on cooking classes that teach healthy cooking skills and the connection between food choices and health. Cooking classes focus on healthy meal preparation that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. Live Healthy Appalachia offers these classes to community groups and individuals in Athens and Hocking Counties.

    Purpose and Impact: As a Cooking Coach, you will be an advocate for nutritious, budget-friendly food options. You will help provide community members with access to cooking education, which includes meal planning, nutrition basics, and various cooking techniques.

    Tasks and Responsibilities: Cooking Coaches work directly with community members throughout Athens and Hocking Counties to lead cooking classes and workshops. Classes and workshops are led by a Cooking Coach to do the following:
    Leading participants through LHA’s healthy cooking curriculum
    Engaging with adults of all socioeconomic backgrounds
    Developing positive relationships with nutritious meal options
    Assisting with program evaluation
    Helping with recruitment of program participants

    Required Skills: Communication and people skills, adaptability, flexibility, willingness to learn about nutritious cooking and sharing this with others, enjoy cooking, comfortable in kitchen settings
    Preferred Skills: Ability to think on your feet, positive attitude

    Time Commitment: Varies depending on availability. Coaches may be asked to teach a 4-session class over the course of 4 weeks or to teach on-going monthly classes with various community groups.

    Site and Supervision: Location varies. You will be primarily supervised by Amy Lipka, Director of Adult Education.
    Locations:
    Amesville, Athens, Glouster, Logan, Lottridge, Murray City, Nelsonville, The Plains, Shade, Stewart

    Other Requirements: Completion of all training sessions (provided by LHA), reliable transportation

    Volunteer Benefits:
    Strengthen cooking and teaching skills
    Expand professional and personal networks
    Empower community members to improve cooking skills
    Learn about nutrition and healthy eating habits and lifestyles
    Receive training from a professional chef
    Get reimbursed for mileage to and from training and classes
    Taste food for free!

    Contact: If you are interested and have any more questions, please contact us at volunteer@livehealthyappalachia.org or call us at 740-856-6100.

  • My First 5K Trainer

    My First 5K is a free 7-week training program supporting first time runners and walkers who want to be more active and get in shape. The seven weeks of training lead up to an event, Race for a Reason.

    Purpose and Impact: As a volunteer trainer, you will be motivating participants to meet their physical wellness goals. You will also be a source of moral support and provide a consistent, vital source of encouragement.

    Tasks and Responsibilities: You and your fellow volunteer trainers will be working directly with participants. You will be doing a combination of the following:
    Leading participants through all seven weeks of training using the provided training plan
    Working with one specific group (either walkers, run-walkers, or runners)
    Facilitating proper stretch techniques before and after running/walking
    Giving tips on injury prevention and footwear

    Required Skills: Communication and people skills, leadership skills, adaptability, flexibility, generally physically active
    Preferred Skills: Some running and exercise physiology experience, energy, positive attitude

    Time Commitment: 7 weeks of training (i.e. one early evening 1-hr training session per week), plus attending the event, Race for a Reason

    Site and Supervision: Specific places to meet will be announced. Please contact us for details. You will be supervised by the lead My First 5K Trainer from Live Healthy Appalachia.

    Other Requirements: Reliable transportation

    Volunteer Benefits:
    Strengthen leadership skills
    Expand professional and personal networks
    Empower participants to be more active and healthy
    Learn about exercise and active living
    Keep in shape

    Contact: If you are interested and have any more questions, please contact us at volunteer@livehealthyappalachia.org or call us at 740-856-6100.

  • Special Events Volunteer

    Live Healthy Appalachia holds annual events, such as the Appalachian Health Summit and the Pumpkin Hustle 5K/3K. These events aim to raise the community’s awareness of LHA’s mission to promote healthy lifestyles.

    Purpose and Impact: As a Special Events Volunteer, you will play a vital role in creating a successful event. You will help community members and participants at various locations during the event.

    Tasks and Responsibilities: You and other Special Events Volunteers will be working directly with participants. You may be doing a combination of the following:
    Handling merchandise sales
    Preparing and serving food
    Registering participants
    Event setup and cleanup
    Collecting evaluations
    Other tasks as assigned

    Required Skills: Communication and people skills, adaptability, flexibility

    Preferred Skills: Energetic, detail-oriented, ability to take initiative

    Time Commitment: Varies based on the event (please contact us for details)

    Site and Supervision: Specific sites will be announced. Please contact us for details. You will be assigned and supervised by the LHA Staff.

    Other Requirements: Access to reliable transportation, must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.

    Volunteer Benefits:
    Strengthen communication skills
    Expand professional and personal networks
    Learn about nutrition, health, and exercise

    Contact: If you are interested and have any more questions, please contact us at volunteer@livehealthyappalachia.org or call us at 740-856-6100.

Volunteer Interest Form

We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities. Please refer to the list of Volunteer Opportunities to see which fits best for you, as we aim to match your skills and talents with our programs. We at Live Healthy Appalachia believe in the time and effort of volunteers to help make our communities healthier and happier.

Full Name
Phone Number (555-555-5555)
Street Address
City, State, Zip Code
Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY)
How often can you volunteer?
(e.g. weekday mornings, evenings, two days a week, two hours a week)
What programs are you interested in?
Do you have a valid driver's license and access to a vehicle?

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