What is a volunteer?

A volunteer is an unpaid assignment. Each year our volunteers/interns provide valuable services in many areas - from administrative and research projects, community and client-based nursing and social work, recovery programs, education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, disease prevention, special events and more. Our volunteer types include: general volunteer, job shadow, student intern, student in training, and partners.

Why volunteer?

Community involvement can help you feel connected to your community while building your resume and skills. You can learn about the many diverse communities in Pierce County by becoming a part of them. When you offer your skills and enthusiasm, you will positively impact the lives of others, as well as your own.

If you are looking for an internship, credit or no credit, this provides you with a structured learning environment to grow and contribute in a professional setting.

Med StudentWhy public health?

The field of public health offers great personal fulfillment - working towards improving people's health and well being makes for a rewarding experience. Our volunteers are instrumental in helping us to fulfill our mission to safeguard and enhance the health of the communities of Pierce County.

Who can volunteer?

Almost anyone dedicated to serving others can be a volunteer. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age.

Where can I volunteer?

You may be placed in an assignment of your choosing. At Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department we understand a volunteer experience is more rewarding when you get the opportunity to choose an assignment you have an interest in and enjoy.

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department serves the communities of Pierce County in Washington State. We have four divisions: Administrative Services, Environmental Health, Communicable Disease Control/Public Health Emergency Preparedness Response (PHEPR), and Strengthening Families.

How do I get started?

Our staff will work with you to best match your particular skills and interest with our needs where you choose to volunteer.

Let's get started!

STEP 1 - Make contact

Contact an individual below for the division you are interested serving in and they will connect you with a program and supervisor.

Administrative Services Division

Tawana Bellamy, Office Administrator
(253) 798-3536

Communicable Disease Control/PHEPR Division

Randall Knowlery, Office Administrator
(253) 798-4779

Environmental Health Division

Stacey Riley, Administrative Assistant III
(253) 798-3485

Strengthening Families Division

JoDee Mosley, Office Administrator
(253) 798-2842

STEP 2 - Complete application packet

Once you have been connected with a program and supervisor, and there is an interest and opportunity, a supervisor will ask you to print and complete a volunteer application packet available here.

Please return your completed application packet to the Division either in person or by mail to: Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, 3629 South D Street, Tacoma, WA 98418, and list Division and supervisor name.

STEP 3 - Application review, screening and verification

Upon receipt of your application, division staff will contact you to discuss your application.

STEP 4 - Interview and placement group

Upon review and verification of information in your application, you may be contacted by a supervisor/mentor for an interview. This interview will determine if your interests and skills best match the needs of the division's program.

If a supervisor/mentor makes you a contingent offer for a volunteer assignment, our Administration staff will work with you to process your criminal history background check and upon successful results, will schedule you for required QuantiFERON test, vaccines and titres applicable to your assigned duties per policy. Your first day of assignment will include an orientation covering key policies, safety training, organization structure, and a photo taken for your ID badge.

If this is a practicum placement (internship), Human Resources will work with your school to establish an agency affiliation agreement if one is not currently in place. You and your school and Health Department site supervisor will work to establish a student learning practicum for you which outlines the goals and objectives. This will vary by student depending on your professional goals and specific interests and will be consistent with the general objectives of the School and your academic program.

Still have questions?

For general questions about our volunteer program and process please contact:

Krystle Amundson, Confidential Assistant, Office of the Director
(253) 798-6414


Thank you for your interest!