Join the Ohio HIV/STI Hotline team

If you live in the Central Ohio area and are you looking to get involved, please check out the information below for volunteer opportunities with Prevent HIV/STD Ohio and the Ohio HIV/STD Hotline.

Volunteers are asked for a commitment of two hours a week for one year and must be at least 18. If you are interested in volunteering with your local health department or AIDS service organization, we would be happy to refer you to them as well.

  • Volunteer Opportuntities

    • Hotline operator

      Hotline operators provide callers with information, referrals and emotional support regarding STDs, HIV/AIDS, and sexual health topics. Hotline operators need to be able to respond to a diverse group of callers with diverse needs, and to stay informed about latest research developments while adhering to the AIDS Resource Center Ohio policies and protocols. If you speak both Spanish and English, that’s a plus.

      Volunteers will also provide written responses to people who email the hotline and conduct online outreach via the chat feature integrated into this website. Excellent communication skills, social media experience, computer skills, and the ability to work independently is required.

    • Steps to Volunteer

    • Federal Work Study

      If you are a student at The Ohio State University or Columbus State Community College and have a federal work-study award as part of your financial-aid package, you can get paid to work as a Hotline Operator. Both colleges have established relationships with several community service organizations that provide experiential learning opportunities for students as part of the Federal Work-Study (FWS) program. Students gain valuable experience working at community service sites while earning money for their education.

      Please visit the federal work-study website of your university or the federal work-study office on your university’s campus to find out more information on Hotline positions available with Equitas Health.