of University Health
Your time is a valuable resource with the incredible potential to help others. How would you like to make a personal investment of your time in a place that makes a difference in our community? Hundreds of men and women of all ages have found fulfilling volunteer positions and have provided much-needed services at University Hospital since 1949. University is blessed with an amazing group of volunteers. Since 2000, University Volunteer Services has contributed $3.5 million to the hospital, 457,574 hours to our patients and staff, and managed more than 650 Junior Volunteers. In 2011, volunteers donated 38,043 hours of service in 37 departments and contributed $183,000 to hospital programs, equipment and initiatives. Whether assisting departments that support patient care or being involved in fundraising efforts, University volunteers make an impact on our community. Their efforts are priceless.
University offers more than 40 volunteer service areas. Available assignments are based on the volunteers' talents, abilities and interests, and on the hospital's needs. Certain volunteer positions require additional training. Volunteer areas include:
- Access Services
- Sunshine Gift Shop: Main Lobby, Women's Center
- Information Centers: Main Lobby, Day Surgery, Women's Center, Second Floor, Outpatient Care Center
- Waiting Room Liaison: Critical Care, Intensive Care, Cardiovascular/Open Heart, Surgical Services
- Coffee Cart
- Needlework: Items for patients
- Clerical/Office Assistant
- Physical/Occupational Therapy
- Cardiopulmonary Rehab
- Emergency Department
- Endoscopy Department
- Neonatal Unit: Rocking infants as needed
- Flower Arrangements/Plant Wrap
- Diabetes Education
- Born to Read
- Patient Care Areas
- Breast Health Center
- Volunteer Visitors
- Rape Crisis/Sexual Assault Services
Adult volunteers must complete an application, attend an orientation, purchase a uniform and give at least six hours a month in a designated service. Volunteers are recognized annually for their service.
University certainly could not offer the same level of services to patients and their families without the support in hours and dollars of our Volunteer Board. In 2010, these Volunteers donated 37,700 hours of time in 30 departments throughout the hospital. They also contributed $193,954 to support University services and provide many "extras" for our patients, plus $100,000 toward their Foundation capital campaign pledge for the Heart & Vascular Institute.
Teens age 14-18 may participate in our Junior Volunteer program. Since the annual program begins in early summer, interviews are held in April, with an orientation in early June. Junior volunteers are expected to serve at least one day (eight hours) a week during the summer, with additional opportunities available year-round. Interested young people should contact the office by Feb. 21 of the year in which they hope to volunteer.
How to Volunteer
For an application or more information on volunteer service opportunities, contact Volunteer Services office at 706/774-8877 or e-mail the office.
- Download and print an adult volunteer application here.
- Go online to fill out an electronic application here.
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