The Kennedy Health System needs volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to assist our three hospitals in their day-to-day functions. As a valued member of Kennedy's volunteer team, you can work behind-the-scenes in a variety of offices or directly with guests or patients. Click here to apply now for any of our volunteer opportunities.
Applications for school year service for high school students will be accepted between August 1st and August 31st.
Volunteers are needed to assist with a variety of clerical duties (including filing, copying, faxing, etc.) in several departments.
Information Desk Volunteers
Volunteers are needed at the information desk to assist patients and visitors with directions, information, etc. Requires strong customer service skills.
Volunteers assist in a vital customer service role by making courtesy call backs to discharged patients. Requires strong customer service skills.
If you enjoy working with a group for a worthy cause, you might want to join one of Kennedy's fundraising auxiliaries - there's one associated with each of our three hospitals. From fashion shows to craft fairs, Kennedy's auxiliaries sponsor many fun-filled events which raise needed funds for hospital programs. The auxiliaries also organize travel activities - from bus "day-trips" to see Broadway shows to more exotic travels - which can help keep your social calendar full!
Adult Volunteer FAQ's
How do I become a volunteer?
First, complete the volunteer application online. Once you have submitted a complete application, you will be called for an interview or notified of upcoming Information Sessions.
What is involved in the interview or information session?
The interview is a time for you and the volunteer manager to discuss options available at the hospital, review basic rules and regulations of volunteering, and talk about your skills and qualifications. The interview takes 20 to 30 minutes. In some cases Information Sessions are held in lieu of individual interviews to discuss all Kennedy opportunities as well as requirements.
What happens after the interview?
If you and the volunteer manager agree that there is an appropriate opening for you, you will need to attend a mandatory orientation session, undergo a criminal background check and complete a health screening (including PPD testing) before starting your volunteer assignment. Orientation sessions are held several times a month at the various hospital campuses as needed.
What is the health screening?
The health screening is completed free of charge by the hospital at our Employee Health Office located on the Stratford Campus. There are four components: a tuberculosis test (PPD); a rubella screening (where a small amount of blood is drawn to test your immunity); a second PPD test and, in the fall, a mandatory flu shot. The initial PPD test and rubella screening must be completed before you begin volunteering. The follow-up PPD is done during your first week or so of volunteering.
How long does it take?
Depending on your availability. the orientation schedule, the background check process, and the length of time it takes you to get you medical clearance, it will take at least several weeks before you would be able to start.
Is everyone accepted as a volunteer?
Not everyone finds a volunteer placement in a hospital. There are several reasons for this: There may not be an appropriate placement, or the rules and regulations may not be agreeable to some potential volunteers. Also, during the interview process, the volunteer manager must make a determination regarding your skills and the available placements. There are times when a match simply does not occur.
How much time must a volunteer commit?
We ask our volunteers to commit to four hours per week. It is generally preferred that this be done in one shift, but there are a limited number of positions that allow the time to be split over two days.
Can I work more than four hours?
Certainly, provided the department you are volunteering for has the need.
What if I can only volunteer for a few weeks?
Given the time that is invested in orientation, training and the health screening, we ask that volunteers commit to a six-month time frame. The only exception is for our summer junior volunteers.
Why should I volunteer?
Volunteering is a two-way street. Patients and visitors to our hospitals benefit every day from the dedication and support of our volunteers who, in turn, know they are doing something valuable. Our hospitals and facilities would not be the caring institutions they are today without our volunteers. Volunteers also meet new people, learn new skills and stay active. Aside from the intangible benefits, our volunteers receive a free meal in the hospital cafeteria during their shift and two annual events recognizing their contributions to the Kennedy Health System.
Junior Volunteer FAQ's
What is a Junior Volunteer?
Junior Volunteer is a hospital volunteer between the ages of 14 and 17. Junior Volunteers supply those helping hands that make departments run smoothly and patients more comfortable. A Junior Volunteer's eager and enthusiastic personality gives an added dimension to hospital care.
In giving of themselves, Junior Volunteers help patients and staff, learn about health-related careers, promote good hospital and community relations, develop personal communication skills, and receive satisfaction from unselfishly helping others.
What are the qualifications for Junior Volunteers?
Junior Volunteers must be 14 years of age and entering 9th grade.
They must have a desire to perform a job well, be dependable and willing to accept responsibility. Junior Volunteers must have written parental consent and supply the volunteer office with an updated immunization record. Above all else, Junior Volunteers must be interested in helping others and able to commit to fours hours a week of volunteer service.
How do I become a Junior Volunteer?
Applications are accepted twice a year; in January for summer service and in August for school year service. Once you have submitted a completed application, you will be contacted by the volunteer office to attend an information session.
What is involved in the information session?
Information sessions are held to offer potential junior volunteers an overview of the program including rules and regulations as well as potential assignments.
If I like what I hear, how do I start?
After the information sessions, the next requirement is an orientation. Many times these are held in conjunction with the information sessions and the specifics will be sent to you after your application is submitted. Volunteers must attend an orientation class before they start.
Do Junior Volunteers wear a uniform?
Yes, Junior Volunteers must purchase the teal blue Junior Volunteer shirt at orientation (cost: $14). The shirt is worn with white or khaki pants and white sneakers. Volunteers are not permitted to have body piercings (other than ears).
What might a Junior Volunteer do?
Junior Volunteer runs errands for patients, nurses and other hospital staff; makes beds, fills water pitchers, restocks supplies; supplies clerical assistance in various departments; answers phones, greets visitors, etc.
If you are interested in becoming a Junior Volunteer, please call Lisa Fedorick, Corporate Manager, Volunteer Services at (856)488-6852.