More than 3,000 volunteers give their time each week at Meridian Health's hospitals. Yet, we still need more people who are willing to lend a hand.
People choose to volunteer for many reasons:
- Socialize with a variety of people
- Obtain on-the-job experience
- Participate in community events
- Care for patients or help caregivers
- Give something back to the community
- Serve with a dedicated and caring team
- To make a difference!
Meridian provides students with the opportunity to serve their community. Junior volunteers can work with patients directly, such as assisting caregivers on medical surgical units, delivering flowers, and helping with food services, the gift shop, or pre-admission paperwork. They can also perform duties that do not require patient involvement, like clerical tasks, working at the information desk, and assisting in the pharmacy.
While it is our privilege to have so many dedicated people volunteering throughout Meridian, there are some requirements that our volunteers must meet.
Each volunteer must agree to:
- Maintain hospital and patient confidentiality
- Comply with uniform dress code
- Attend an orientation prior to training
- Submit a health questionnaire and medical forms from a physician before volunteering
- Comply with educational components as required by regulatory agencies
Junior volunteers must:
- Check with the hospital for age regulations
- Fill out an application, which includes a parental consent and student evaluation form
- Complete a health questionnaire and have it signed by a family physician or pediatrician before training
- Make a six-month commitment of approximately 12 hours a month