Garnet Health’s volunteer program is an integral part of the hospital’s operations. For over 20 years, volunteers have provided invaluable assistance to our patients, visitors, and staff. The Garnet Health Volunteer Corps, more than 250 strong, use their special talents to contribute to the well-being of our community all year long.
Garnet Health Medical Center offers a friendly environment and a broad range of volunteer opportunities in medical and support areas throughout the hospital and outpatient facilities. If you are not sure about how you may fit in, contact us and we can help you choose an opportunity based on your background, experience, and interests. We accept volunteers at specific times of the year, so please see below for any open applications.
The process to become a volunteer at Garnet Health requires a number of steps before you are cleared to begin onboarding and volunteering. All applicants must be vaccinated against COVID-19, complete a medical clearance and attend orientation.
Adult Program: We generally accept applications three times per year; typically in the early spring, late summer and late fall. You must be at least 18 years old and able to commit to a weekly shift throughout the year. Please note that all adult volunteer must complete a background check.
College Summer Program: The application for this program is opened in February, interviews are held in March and orientation in May. You must be currently enrolled in a college/university in order to qualify for this program. Please note that Volunteer Service assignments are not considered clinical hours.
High School Program: The High School program opens up for new volunteers 2-3 times/ per year. The applications for the academic year are open in July and December. The High School Summer Program application is posted in April. Please note that you must be at least 15 years old to participate and 16 years old to volunteer on a nursing unit.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the time commitment? We require at least 60 service hours before exiting the program, although you are welcome to stay for as long as you would like. The program is structured in a way that you will be scheduled for one 4-hour shift each week on the same day and at the same time each week.
What is the application process? Once your application is received, it is reviewed and assessed. The onboarding process includes a background check, reference check, medical clearance and orientation.
Is there a dress code? Yes. All volunteers will be given a volunteer ID, Garnet Health uniform/polo shirt and are required to wear khaki (or black) slacks and closed shoes while volunteering. Scrub pants are permitted, but volunteers may wear scrub tops. Volunteers are not allowed to wear jeans, sweatpants, sweatshirts, leggings, shorts, athletic wear, t-shirts, sandals, or baseball caps.
If I volunteer, will I get a job at the hospital; can I use my hours as clinical hours or can I shadow? Volunteering at the hospital does not guarantee employment and volunteer hours cannot be used for clinical credit. For more information on Clinical Hours, please call Medical Staffing Services x3528. To discuss shadowing opportunities, please contact Organizational Development and Learning at x0226
To apply to the Volunteer Program, please visit the application portal
Manager, Volunteer Services