It takes many hands for hospitals to fulfill their healing missions, and
volunteers are an important part of that team. It's a role that requires
commitment--prospective volunteers usually have to fill out an application,
attend an orientation session, go through an interview, pass health screenings
and background checks, and agree to work a minimum number of hours. But
it can be deeply fulfilling as well. There are many volunteer jobs at
St. Joseph Health's hospital ministries, which means there's something
for everyone looking to give of their talents and time. What's your
strength? Find five skills below and corresponding ways you can help.
1. If you are: An outgoing people person - Volunteer as: A greeter
Manning the admissions desk or the hospital lobby gives you ample opportunity
to interact with others. Meet and greet patients and visitors, answer
questions, take phone calls, direct and escort people to various departments
in the building, issue visitor badges--and do it all with a smile.
2. If you are: Organized and efficient - Volunteer as: A clerical assistant
Many hospitals can use volunteers who have a sharp set of office skills
to support employees. Assistants can file papers, answer phones, perform
data entry and run errands, among other duties.
3. If you are: Good at sales - Volunteer as: A gift shop helper
Hospital gift shops can see a lot of foot traffic, so retail experience
can be helpful when assisting visitors with their purchases. A knack for
customer service is key, as is the ability to stock shelves and operate
a cash register.
4. If you are: Compassionate and caring - Volunteer as: A patient and family
comfort care volunteer
At St. Joseph Health, we strive to put patients and their families at ease,
and treat them with dignity and respect. That can be as simple as offering
a drink of water to an anxious parent waiting for their child to come
out of surgery; volunteers can also work with nursing staff to ensure
patients have pillows, blankets and other items to help them feel comfortable.
Some hospitals also offer more specialized programs where volunteers can
help patients, such as providing companionship and feeding assistance
during meals, walking them around the hospital floor or shampooing their hair.
5. If you are: Steady at the wheel - Volunteer as: A shuttle driver
Patients may be on the mend if they're discharged from the hospital,
but it doesn't mean they have the strength to walk across the parking
lot to catch their ride home. Also, shuttle drivers can be the first point
of contact for families and patients arriving at a hospital, so courteous
demeanor is as important as a good driving record and insurance.
To see what volunteer opportunities are available, visit
stjhs.org, click on "Locations" to find the hospital ministry nearest
you and search for "volunteer opportunities."