Become a Hospital Volunteer
There are many ways to make a difference in the lives of our patients and families. For interested individuals who are able to make a weekly, ongoing commitment, hospital volunteering may be a great fit! Learn more about the volunteer programs available to determine which one is right for you, then follow the steps outlined further down on this page to get started.
What Are the Requirements?
- All volunteers must be 18 years or older (unless applying to the summer-only programs).
- All hospital volunteers must be able to commit to a weekly volunteer schedule. Shifts will be assigned on the same day and time each week for six months to one year.
- All applicants must complete a health clearance and background check. (Note: any expenses incurred to complete the health clearance are the responsibility of the applicant.)
- All volunteers will receive a badge to enter the hospital and are asked to wear a volunteer uniform. The cost of the uniform is $20 and is the responsibility of the volunteer.
- Volunteers are encouraged to use public transportation if possible, but will have access to the parking garages. Validated parking for volunteers will be the same price as families and visitors of the hospital.
What are the Steps to Get Started?
Becoming a hospital volunteer requires a few more steps in order to carefully screen and appropriately place new volunteers. Those steps are:
- Complete the online questionnaire that corresponds with the program you'd like to apply for. You can find the questionnaires here.
- Attend an Information Session (Note: this step is not required for applicants to the weekday program)
- Schedule an Interview
- Attend Volunteer Orientation
- Complete assignment specific training with a volunteer supervisor
Once you complete your online questionnaire, a member of the Volunteer Resources team will be in touch with you to get started.
What is the Role of a Hospital Volunteer?
Volunteers are incorporated throughout the hospital and outpatient centers, from greeter stations to play-based roles at the bedside. The Volunteer Resources staff will work with you to determine an appropriate volunteer assignment based on the needs of the hospital and your interests. Our screening and placement process ensures the safety and well-being of patients and families as well as the confidence and success of volunteers.
The areas below outline the volunteer assignments available but please be aware that openings and needs change frequently:
- Hospitality Roles
- Greeter Stations
- Gift Shop
- Outpatient Clinics & Play-Based Roles
- Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
- Family Life Center (FLC)
- Inpatient & Acute Care Units
- Specialized Roles
- Licensed Hairstylists
- Film & Production
- Licensed Massage Therapists
Q: What is the time commitment for hospital volunteers?
A: Volunteers Resources depends on reliable and dedicated volunteers. There are minimum commitment requirements for each program.
Q: I am in the process of looking for a job and my schedule is flexible right now, can I begin volunteering?
A: We suggest that you concentrate on finding a job first, and then, once you have secured a job, you will have a better idea of your long-term availability and can determine whether volunteering will fit into your schedule.
Q: Is there a waiting list for volunteering at the hospital?
A: Volunteers who are limited to evenings and weekends may wait several months after attending the informational meeting before beginning to volunteer. Those who have weekday hours available can usually begin sooner, pending completion of the interview and screening process.
Q: How old do you have to be to volunteer?
A: 16 is the minimum age; opportunities for high school students are during the summer program.
Q: What is included in the health and immunization record review?
A: A general health questionnaire, a test for tuberculosis and a review and/or update of immunizations are required for all volunteers. Volunteers usually obtain their immunization records from their family, physician or school.
Q: Is there training required to volunteer?
A: When you are placed in an assignment, you will be scheduled for training in your assigned area.