Volunteer

Healthy Chesapeake is always looking to spur community involvement through volunteering. Our volunteer opportunities are always changing. Check this page for more ways to get involved. 

To get involved with Healthy Chesapeake send us an email here!

Healthy Chef

Healthy Chesapeake’s Healthy Chef Program provides disadvantaged residents of the City of Chesapeake hands on lessons about nutrition and healthful eating. The recipes that are taught to the participants are designed to be cost-conscience and nutritionally sound. These classes also provide a fun experience for the students to learn about healthy eating. Healthy Chef is offered to both children and the elderly and can be tailored to a variety of nutritional needs. Each Healthy Chef class is a lot of work and volunteers are always needed. Volunteers for Healthy Chef are can help in the following ways: 

  • Shopping for supplies
  • Setting up the cooking school 
  • Cleaning up and maintaining cooking stations
  • Instructing the participants (if he or she has completed the proper training) 

Garden 2 Table

Healthy Chesapeake’s Garden2Table initiative helps develop and construct community and production gardens throughout Chesapeake, while simultaneously helping increase access to fresh produce through sponsoring a Mobile Farmer’s Market. These gardens either grow produce for the community members who maintain them or the produce is donated to area shelters and kitchens.

Several opportunities to get involved with the Garden2Table initiative are available.

We need volunteers to:

  • Plant new gardens
  • Maintain current production and community gardens
  • Harvest crops from production gardens
  • Deliver produce to shelters and needy residents
  • Seasonal opportunities with the Mobile Farmer’s Market are available starting in May
    • Driving and set up
    • Marketing and promotion
    • Working the Mobile Farmer’s Market

Life & Health Ambassadors

Healthy Chesapeake is taking a grass roots approach in identifying the needs of the community.  We are developing a team of community health gatekeepers responsible for identifying issues in the community and helping develop strategies to address them. Life & Health Ambassadors also encourage community participation in coordinating events and serving as points of contact for community members should they need any of the various services provided the local and federal organizations. Life & Health Ambassadors exist to better your community. That’s why we need your help!

We are currently seeking out new ambassadors and looking for volunteers to help with a variety of tasks like:

  • Community program development
  • Marketing and promoting events
  • Assisting in Ambassador Training events
  • Hosting focus groups for various communities
  • Healthy Chesapeake marketing and outreach

SPARK

The SPARK program educates youth about physical activity and healthy eating. We are relaunching our program to be a part of afterschool education to teach our students how to be healthier children and eventually adults. SPARK takes place at the Broadlawn and Rivers Apartment complexes.

We need volunteers to:

  • Shop for supplies to use in our programs
  • Assist in educating the students
  • Promote SPARK in their community
  • Recommend student employees for our student employee program

Thank you to our community partners and volunteers!

We wouldn’t be successful without contributions from people like you. We are blessed to work with many great community partners, organizations, and volunteers including: Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, The American Heart Association, and Virginia Cooperative Extension.  If you or your organization would like to get involved in our Coalition or many projects, contact us for more!