One of the nice things about volunteering is that it allows individuals to bring their own life experiences and special talents to their volunteer positions.
Hackensack Meridian Health’s goal is to match each volunteer’s needs and interests with the position that is right for him or her. Opportunities are endless and vary from hospital to hospital.
Examples of Services Offered Throughout Hackensack Meridian Health:
Bayshore Health Care Center / The Willows Assisted Living: Our Health Care Center and The Willows have a variety of volunteer needs. Filing, clerical and transport are always areas that we need help with. If you have a special skill or hobby that you would like to share we would love to explore how it fits with our program. Both areas enjoy a robust recreation program that could always use assistants as well.
Clerical: Typing, copying, and answering phones in a number of departments.
Courier: Delivering inter-departmental mail and pharmacy orders.
Customer Relations: Visiting and assisting patients who have infrequent guests.
Emergency Room: Assisting staff as needed in a fast-paced environment.
Gift Shop: Serving as salesperson, taking inventories, and wrapping gifts.
Information Desk: Providing general and patient information at the main desk.
Pastoral Care: Assisting staff, which may involve informing patients of the availability of the pastor’s services.
Patient Aides: Distributing water to patients, assisting in menu selections and feedings, and running errands.
Pet Therapy: Our patients benefit from the companionship and healing that comes from our furriest friends. Team members love this program too. Therapy dogs at Bayshore are certified through Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs Inc. The dog owners volunteer their time and their Service Dog. An additional volunteer assists with the process and records the visit.
Surgical Department: Comforting patients, assisting staff with clerical needs, and serving as a liaison between staff, family, and friends in waiting area.
Transportation: Taking patients by wheelchair through admitting and discharge procedures and to hospital testing areas.