Volunteering at Union Hospital

Why Volunteer?

There are many volunteer opportunities for students

If you are looking for a unique opportunity to serve others, and at the same time learn new skills, make new friends, or explore a future career path, consider volunteering at Union Hospital. According to many of our volunteers, there are many benefits to volunteering. The most significant benefit they receive from volunteering is a genuine sense of satisfaction from helping others. Our volunteers come from every walk of life and they appreciate the opportunity to help others, learn new skills and meet new people.

Senior volunteers enjoy the opportunity to serve others

Volunteers feel a sense of belonging while serving on the volunteer team and enjoy many of the assignments available to serve varied interests. Our senior volunteers often tell us that they enjoy the opportunity to serve others now that they are retired. High school and college student volunteers have a unique learning opportunity to help them understand a healthcare setting a little more, while gaining volunteer service hours and giving back. This can be helpful as they sometimes consider a future career in healthcare.

Union Hospital provides its volunteers:

  • Complimentary meal on the day they volunteer
  • Skill development and life enriching opportunities
  • Annual National Volunteer Week Recognition Dinner
  • Discounts in our Gift Shop

To learn more, contact Kathy Willoughby, Manager of Volunteer Services at (330) 364-0833 or kathyw@unionhospital.org

Volunteer Assignment Descriptions

With so many opportunities to volunteer, there is something for everyone, from high school students to college students and adults. At the time of your initial interview as a volunteer, we will talk with you more about these assignments and see what fits you and your schedule. View the list of Volunteer Assignment Descriptions now to learn about what volunteers do here at Union Hospital.

Volunteer Application Process

To become a Union Hospital Volunteer there are several requirements before you begin:

  1. Complete Volunteer Application, or Student Volunteer Application if you are 14-18 years of age.
  2. Call the Volunteer Services Manager at (330) 364-0833 or email kathyw@unionhospital.org to schedule an appointment or to review the below requirements.
  3. Provide Volunteer Confidential Reference Form to non-family member and ask that they complete and return it in the postage-paid envelope.
  4. BCI Background Check – for those 18 years of age and older – Your application will be submitted to the Human Resources Department.
  5. Urine Drug Screen and First of Two Tuberculosis (TB) Tests at UH FirstCare facility
  6. Seasonal Flu vaccine
  7. Complete Second Tuberculosis (TB) Test – Get test done 7 to 21 days from date of first TB test
  8. Once the above requirements have been completed, we will schedule a time for you to complete orientation on site. This will include several steps to prepare you for your time volunteering including hospital tour, review of policies and procedures, ID badge, wheelchair safety training, shadowing experiences and more.
  9. All volunteers are given either a smock or UH volunteer polo shirt to wear. This and your ID badge must be worn at all times.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the volunteer time commitment?

Most adult volunteers are here once a week for a three- to four-hour shift. However, some volunteers serve more than once a week. High school students volunteer typically once a week a two hour shift.

What is the minimum age to volunteer?

Student volunteers must be at least 14 years of age and in high school.

What is the volunteer dress code?

Volunteers adhere to the hospital's dress code policies that will be discussed in more detail during orientation. Each volunteer is provided either a UH Volunteer logo polo shirt or smock at no cost. Comfortable shoes can be worn with dress slacks or skirt. No denim or sandals permitted.

May I shadow an employee or have a direct clinical experience?

Volunteer Services does not coordinate opportunities to shadow at Union Hospital. To get information on setting up these experiences, please contact the Community Relations Department by phone at (330) 364-0884 or by e-mail: information@unionhospital.org.

What can I expect at the volunteer orientation?

Orientations are typically two hours and include shadowing experiences with other volunteers, wheelchair safety training, a hospital tour, review of policies and procedures, review emergency codes, infection control, service excellence training and more.

I need community service or court-ordered community service hours.

Due to the extensive start-up requirements, orientation and training to become familiar with your assignment, we do not offer volunteer positions to fulfill court-ordered hours.

Does volunteering lead to, or guarantee a job?.

Volunteering does not guarantee or open doors to employment. For information on completing an application for employment, click here. You will find information on what positions are available and completing an online application.

Can I volunteer for a total of only 10-20 hours?

We ask our volunteers to commit to one shift a week or two shifts a month on weekends at a minimum. There is considerable time in becoming familiar with your volunteer assignment and going through the steps in the onboarding and orientation process.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering. We hope you can become part of our team!

To contact volunteer services with additional questions, call (330) 364-0833 or email kathyw@unionhospital.org.

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