Volunteer Opportunities for Students

Volunteering is one of the ways our students gain real-world experience working in nutrition and health fields. Many of our students gain valuable experience from these organizations focused on nutrition, health and food systems. Explore ongoing volunteer experiences below and find short-term  opportunities in our weekly DHN Digest.

Girls on the Run

A nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. Coaches teach an experience-based curriculum, which creatively integrates running, at weekly practices. Running Buddies attend practices and run/walk with third through eighth graders at each lesson. This 10-week session begins the week of September 9 and ends with a 5K on November 23. Contact Kendra Oo to signup.

Samaritan's Touch

A student-run physical therapy clinic that works with an under-served population of patients, many of whom may not have access to other forms of healthcare, do not have insurance, and/or may speak little to no English. Students can volunteer, observe and learn about physical therapy practices in a unique setting. Contact Kendra Oo to signup.


Seedleaf increases the amount, affordability, nutritional value and sustainability of food available to people at risk of hunger. Programs include composting, gardening, cooking and SEEDS (Service, Education and Entrepreneurship in Downtown). Learn more about current volunteer opportunities.

The Lexington Nutrition Clinic at the Salvation Army

The Lexington Nutrition Clinic is held twice a month at the Salvation Army for under-served and homeless populations. Undergraduate dietetics student volunteers are needed to serve as interviewers and to shadow a registered dietitian or physician to learn about nutrition counseling. Learn about barriers this population faces and how nutritional plans are modified. Contact Kendra Oo to signup.

The Refuge Clinic

A nonprofit that provides a comprehensive primary medical care, oral surgery, physical therapy, diabetes education, nutrition counseling, gynecological care, psychiatric care, and counseling to both the uninsured and underinsured population in the community. Learn about volunteering and how to submit an online volunteer application.

Students can get involved with additional organizations by visiting their website and signing up for Volunteer Match. If you want to know more about job shadowing or healthcare experience, contact Kendra Oo.

Contact Us

Director of Community Outreach: Kendra Oo