Community Volunteers

We appreciate your interest in volunteering with NILMDTS because we know there are many places where you can give your time to give back to others. So, thank you for considering us and our mission to help bereaved families. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering in any of these roles mentioned below, and you believe your skills and talents fit, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your local team or our Recruitment Coordinator to learn how to get involved in this capacity.

As a Community Volunteer, there are many roles you can pursue:

Local Recruiting

  • Identify and contact photographers and digital retouch artists
  • Share NILMDTS posts on social media and beyond (community boards, photography clubs, online groups) – Special attention during Recruit a Volunteer Months (February & September) and National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance (October)
  • Represent NILMDTS at local photography clubs, conferences, and conventions and follow-up with interested contacts
  • Assist with application process

Hospital Outreach

  • Plan special thank you’s to hospitals, especially during Nurses Appreciation Week (May)
  • Check in monthly with hospitals to maintain any updated contact list and program documents

Team Administration

  • Assist Area Coordinator with volunteer renewal reminders
  • Planning of volunteer appreciation activities & team events (Volunteer Appreciation Week in April)
  • Maintain the local area’s Facebook group (if applicable) with updates from official NILMDTS Facebook page links and NILMDTS Volunteer Facebook group information

Assistant to Photographer is another non-photography role. They are not authorized to take photos at sessions however can be a valuable asset holding lighting equipment and working with nursing staff and families. This is an excellent position for budding photographers who want to serve but need some practice and would like to help build skill by shadowing an Affiliated Photographer. It is recommended that anyone interested in applying as an Assistant to Photographer should first find a local Affiliated Photographer to sponsor you as an Assistant otherwise it is possible you will go under-utilized. Assistants are welcome to also pursue additional roles of the Community Volunteer. Learn more >