Volunteer Opportunities for Respiratory Therapists
Reaching Out Pays Off
Sometimes the best way to help your career is to help others, and that is certainly true in a profession like respiratory care where “service to others” rules the day. By becoming a community advocate for respiratory care, you’ll gather more contacts for your professional network and gain a greater presence among local health officials and your own hospital leadership alike. All that translates to more career power for you, because people who are known for going the extra mile for others are more likely to be tapped for leadership opportunities where going the extra mile is the norm.
The AARC has a number of ready-made volunteer opportunities that you can chose from to step out and make a difference:
Peak Performance USA: Children spend most of their day at school, but many schools are not up to speed on asthma care. Designed by AARC members, our state-of-the-art PPUSA website provides the resources you need to take asthma education directly to school staff and the students and families they serve. By working with your local schools, you help to ensure more children with asthma receive the care they need to remain exacerbation-free.
Vent 5K: Sponsored by the American Respiratory Care Foundation, this annual fund-raising event can be held by school programs, hospitals, state societies, or any other respiratory care group interested in promoting lung health on the local level. Get a team together and then “compete” with your peers to push ventilators around a predetermined track. Dress up in costumes (and deck your vents out as well) to add to the fun. Where do the funds raised by the Vent 5K go? To AARC members around the country who are working for lung health in their own communities!
High School Career Project: Respiratory care is a wonderful career, but many young people still don’t know it exists. Our model presentation, slide show, and planning guide make it easy for you to go into your local high schools and educate kids about the future that could await them in our profession.
National Respiratory Care Week: The last full week in October is our time to shine, and there is no better way to highlight respiratory care than by sharing your lung health expertise with your community. Every year your colleagues do just that, either through one of the AARC volunteer opportunities outlined on this page, or by coming up with an event of their own designed to meet a particular need.