Celebrating Global Volunteer Month and Volunteer Appreciation Week

Dear Friends,

I am elated to celebrate our volunteers for this year’s Global Volunteer Month and Volunteer Appreciation Week (Celebrated Annually in April).  As an organization founded by 4 volunteers, we are grateful for everyone who continues to support our mission through volunteerism. 

In 1974, four volunteers from the Gay Medical Students Association decided to show up for their community and created Howard Brown Health.  That same passion still lives today in the hearts of every community member that supports the vital resources we provide by donating and volunteering. As a client and champion for Howard Brown for over twenty years, I’ve seen firsthand how volunteers and community involvement have helped to grow our mission. 

To celebrate our volunteers this month we will share volunteer spotlights on our social media accounts, host our 2nd Annual Youth Service Day on Friday, April 28th, 2023 in Uptown, and provide awards to exemplary volunteer program members. 

Howard Brown Health’s Volunteer History 

In 1974 HBH was created by four volunteers from the Gay Medical Students Association in Chicago. They gathered with the goal of creating a discreet testing clinic.  

  • David Ostrow 
  • Reed Schulsky
  • Kenneth Mayer 
  • Mark Behar 

What is Global Volunteer Month?

National Volunteer month in the United States takes place in the month of April. This month is dedicated to honoring all the volunteers in our communities as well as encouraging volunteerism throughout the month.

Volunteer Appreciation Week

Volunteer Appreciation Week is celebrated during the 3rd week of April every year. It is an opportunity to recognize the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tackle society’s most significant challenges, build stronger communities, and be a force that transforms the world.

Almost 50 years later here we are continuing to expand and improve care for our clients with the support of our volunteers and donors. 

Community empowerment is the guiding light in our approach to volunteerism and honoring those that keep our foundation of volunteerism alive is another step in that commitment.

I invite you to visit our website, review our requirements, and apply to join our volunteer family

Please join me in thanking the volunteers at Howard Brown Health and across the world that do their part in helping to make the world a better place!

Warm Regards,

Terra A Campbell
Community Impact Coordinator 


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