What can you do to help?
There are many ways that volunteers can help in
improving the health and wellbeing of persons in Lee County. Some of
these include provision of direct care by licensed health
professionals both in their own private offices and in indigent
clinics. There are also many opportunities for non-medical personnel
to contribute their time and talents.
► The Lee County Health Department benefits from a variety of
volunteer services from the community, and volunteers are most
welcomed in many areas:
Medical volunteers can treat patients on-site at the health
department, the Salvation Army’s Primary Care Clinic and Interim
Care Center, the Senior Friendship Center, and Project Dental
Care. Retired physicians, nurses and dentists may obtain limited
licenses with which they can provide uncompensated care to the
The Volunteer Health Care Provider Program;
(section 766.1115, F.S.) gives health care providers the
opportunity to volunteer and use their skills for helping others
without having to worry about liability. This statute extends
legal protection if a lawsuit results from volunteer services.
For further information about this program, please telephone
Whatever your skill, it can be put to good use by the Lee County
Health Department Volunteer Program!
- Publishing or printing skills are needed to operate our Reisograph, a printing machine used for newsletters, pamphlets,
- Clerical assistance is always in demand, as are interpreters for
our Spanish and Haitian population.
- Outreach programs are always in need of volunteers to help with
teenage pregnancy prevention, injury prevention, prevention of
tobacco use by youth, and chronic diseases.
- Immunization Clinics by assisting with paperwork and controlling
crowd traffic. The Rotary and Kiwanis clubs are long time
volunteer partners in this program..
- The WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Department recruits
volunteers for its Breastfeeding Buddies program. Volunteers
trained through this program work on a one-to-one basis with new
mothers and their infants, lending support and encouraging
breastfeeding throughout the first six months of an infant's
life, thereby ensuring a healthy start to a healthy future.
- Donation of goods from churches and service groups. Infant
layettes, stuffed animals, baby blankets and quilts, and many
other home-made items are donated to the health department.
These gifts are very much appreciated by the grateful families
who cannot afford to purchase such items. Favorites in the
Immunization department are the finger puppets crafted by a
women's church group. These cute, tiny dolls help ease
children's fears during immunizations.
For more information, please submit your
Volunteer Feedback or call