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Be part of the work of The Center

Thanks for your interest in The Center. There are several ways you can participate with us.  Because what we do is collaborative, we depend on partners to jump in and volunteer to help out in whatever way fits best with your interests and your goals in your own work.  We also host interns and students from programs in public health, seminary, social work and nursing. Click on the Volunteer or Internships boxes to learn more and apply to be a volunteer or complete an internship by completing the form below.

You can also make a financial contribution to The Center. All donations are applied directly to our programs without any percentage for overhead or administrative costs.


Volunteering with The Center might include:

  • Assisting with planning for Community of Practice gatherings;
  • Assisting with a program evaluation project;
  • Helping with a BALM Community Assessment project;
  • Helping with event registration or logistics (such as the Faith and Public Health Leadership Institute, conferences and summits, health ministry development workshops, etc.);
  • Something that you are excited about exploring that we can help make the space for.

Internships/Field Education Placements

In the past we have had both undergraduate and graduate interns from social work, seminary, public health, sociology and nursing.  We work with students to identify a meaningful project that they can own, that will help them grow and develop in their professional identity, and that will make a contribution to the work of The Center.  Some examples of student projects in the past include:

  • Analyzing the history of a church-based health center’s history and making recommendations for future directions for development;
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of The Center’s health ministry development workshops by creating a survey and conducting interviews;
  • Carrying out an ethnographic study of how a congregation nurtures and supports social relationships that improve health;
  • Assisting with the evaluation of the Just Eating? Practicing our Faith at the Table curriculum.

A joint project of Advocate Health Care & the OCEAN-HP at the University of Illinois at Chicago.