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Volunteer at Strut

**We are currently not accepting applications for in-person volunteer opportunities. Please check back again later, or join our volunteer mailing list to receive the latest information.**

Volunteers at Strut have the opportunity to serve the community and improve the health and wellness of people who seek our services. We offer meaningful volunteer opportunities, and we value our volunteers as essential to the work we do.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Providing reception and registration services to clients
  • Drawing blood as California certified phlebotomists
  • Offering health information and support as HIV and STI test counselors
  • Providing diagnosis and treatment for STIs as licensed RNs or NPs
  • Assisting with after-hours special event productions as Socialites


Socialites are required to work one event per month. A weekly or biweekly three-hour shift is required for all other roles. Shift times are flexible with both weekday/daytime and evening/weekend shifts available. There is currently a waiting list for all evening and weekend positions.

All new Strut volunteers are required to complete a two-step tuberculosis (TB) testing process, privacy and confidentiality training, and a background check. All volunteers are required to furnish proof of current hepatitis B and influenza vaccination prior to beginning volunteer service. Strut will provide all of these services to new volunteers.


All new volunteers will begin volunteering at the front desk or reception, or at events as a Socialite. After fulfilling an initial six month commitment, volunteers may move into an HIV/STI test counselor or licensed clinician role (if qualified). If you’re interested in being a test counselor or licensed clinician volunteer, we require a one year weekly or biweekly commitment. There is often a waiting list.


Once applications are reviewed and approved to move forward, prospective volunteers whose interests and availability match up with currently open volunteer positions will be invited to attend a one-on-one screening with our volunteer manager to find the best role placement based on the candidate’s goals and objectives.

Our robust program is popular in the community and we often have a waiting list for all positions. Due to the limited number of positions available, our screening process is competitive. Unfortunately we are not always able to place every applicant. We do our very best to keep waiting list times to a minimum. Prospective volunteers with strictly evening and weekend availability will generally experience longer wait times.

Sexual Health Clinical Training Program

Are you interested in a more comprehensive sexual health clinical training program? Work alongside sexual health clinicians and volunteers, insurance benefits navigators and community programs staff–all experts in HIV prevention, treatment and advocacy. Gain real-world experience providing sexual health services to the queer community during a 16-week paid training program.

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Meet our Team

Jody Schaffer, MS

Director, Volunteer Services

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Pronouns: She/her/hers

Jody Schaffer, MS

Director, Volunteer Services

Jody Schaffer, MS is responsible for volunteer operations at San Francisco AIDS Foundation including engagement, development and management of volunteers serving in all areas of the Foundation. In collaboration with a team of volunteer leaders, she establishes policies, processes and strategies for meeting our mission and goals through volunteer engagement. Jody cultivates corporate volunteer partnerships that enhance services to clients, help meet fundraising goals and educates the wider San Francisco community about the Foundation’s work.

Jody's early career as a social worker in Chicago’s inner-city shaped her passion for social justice and improving the health of people in her community. Following that experience, she began a 20-year tenure at Adventist Midwest Health, first growing a teen volunteer program, then leading front-line staff in a busy emergency room, and ultimately building and managing a successful volunteer program for a newly built hospital. Outside of work, you are likely to find her on a hiking trail, at a local museum or exploring her new love, California.

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