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Volunteer Services

Why volunteer at Cleveland Clinic? What are the opportunities? How do you sign up? Find out more information about volunteering at our Cleveland, Ohio campus and local Family Health Centers. 

Why Volunteer?
Learn about what volunteering at Cleveland Clinic has to offer.
Volunteer Opportunities
Explore a variety of volunteer positions and join more than 1,500 caring volunteers.
Junior Ambassador Program for Teens
Our summer program helps teens grow through service to others and a sense of teamwork.
Volunteer Application Process
How do you sign up? Walk through the process of volunteering, including orientation.
Meet Our Ambassadors
Read about the volunteer work of some of our exemplary ambassadors.
Contact Volunteer Services
Contact a Volunteer Services coordinator by phone or fill out our contact form.

New Opportunities in Cleveland Ohio

Here's a look at a few NEW or NEEDED Volunteer Opportunities:

Family Health Center PT Volunteer

Location: Richard E. Jacobs FHC Avon
Hours: 8 a.m. – Noon or Noon – 4 p.m. | Monday – Friday

Volunteers do a variety of tasks and responsibilities within the PT area including escorting patients to the therapy area, maintaining organization of miscellaneous equipment, keeping work spaces and therapy areas compliant with infection control guidelines, and providing light clerical assistance by filing and copying.  Ideal candidates will be able to stand and walk for the majority of their 4 hour shift and be dependable, responsible, capable of multi-tasking and have good communication skills.  Minimum commitment for this assignment is a 3-4 hour shift 1 x a week for 6 months.

Studio 51 Taussig Wig Boutique Volunteer

Location: Taussig Cancer Center Studio 51
Hours: 9 a.m.– 1 p.m. or Noon – 4 p.m. | Monday – Friday

Studio 51, the wig boutique at Taussig Cancer Center, is seeking dedicated female volunteers to provide compassionate support and service to women patients undergoing cancer treatment.

Volunteers assist patients with choosing a complimentary wig (courtesy of the American Cancer Society and individual donors) or cap. This position involves one-on-one interaction with patients and volunteers must be highly attuned to the needs of the patient.

Summer Only Volunteer Opportunities

Locations: Vary
Hours: Vary

We welcome applications from college students who are highly motivated and committed to improving the patient experience at Cleveland Clinic. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply. Through your dedication and commitment to this meaninful undertaking, you will help to serve Cleveland Clinic patients and their families.

Essential Core Requirements:

  • I am inspired to enhance the patient experience at Cleveland Clinic
  • I am ready and able to make a commitment to a weekly shift on the same day and time each week and understand that once assigned, my schedule cannot be changed
  • I understand the Summer College Student Volunteer Program requires completion of a minimum of 75 hours of volunteer service
  • I am available to attend the schedule mandatory information session and orientation.

Summer Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Clerical Volunteer - 4 hour shifts Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Children's Volunteer - 2, 3 or 4 hour shifts Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Emergency Department Volunteer - 2, 3 or 4 hour shifts Sunday through Saturday between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m.
  • Information Desk Volunteer - 4 hour shifts Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Nursing Unit Volunteer - 4 hour shifts Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Physical Therapy Volunteer - 4 hour shifts Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Surgical Family Lounge Volunteer - 4 hour shifts Monday through Friday between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Summer College Student Volunteer Application Process

  • 1. Application: Complete the Main Campus Volunteer Application or Family Health Center Volunteer Application. Application Deadline: May 2nd
  • Information Session: Volunteer Services Information Sessions help potential volunteers learn more about our volunteer program. Information sessions last 1 hour and feature group interviews with our volunteer coordinators to better determine if applicants are a good fit for our volunteer program. Applicants will receive an email invite to one session. Summer Only Session Dates: May 9th, 2014 and May 20th, 2014.
  • Orientation: If Volunteer Services determines an applicant is a good fit for our program, an email will be sent (or phone call if you prefer) to schedule an orientation. Orientation is mandatory at one of these sessions: May 15th, May 23rd or May 29th, 2014. Orientations last 2 hours and feature individual interviews with our volunteer coordinators.
  • Security Clearance: Each applicant will receive a background check through our Protective Services Department at no cost. A social security number or Visa/Passport number is required. Children's Hospital applicants will receive a fingerprinted background check at our Main Campus before or after the scheduled orientation.
  • TB Test: Volunteers are required to complete a yearly TB test. Cleveland Clinic provides TB tests at no cost to our applicants and volunteers at our Main Campus and many Family Health Centers. A TB test is administered in one visit and then the patient returns within 48 hours after to have the results read. If you fail to return for your reading, you will be required to REPEAT the TB test.
  • Training: Applicants with direct patient contact (Nursing, ED and Children's) will receive additional training that will be scheduled with your Volunteer Coordinator after the confirmation of a completed TB test.
  • ID Badge/Parking/Uniform: Each volunteer is provided a badge to be worn each time they volunteer and a parking sticker that will allow them to park in designated lots during their volunteer service. After orientation and training have been completed and confirmation of the completed security clearance and TB test have been received, applicants will be notified that they can report to Volunteer Services to pick up their ID badge, parking sticker and uniform.
  • Shadowing: Volunteers are required to shadow a veteran volunteer before beginning their regular shift. A volunteer coordinator will contact you to schedule a time for you to meet the veteran volunteer you will be shadowing.
  • Volunteers must begin volunteering no later than June 16, 2014.
Sweet Dreams Volunteer

Location: Main Campus G80 or G100
Hours: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Sunday – Saturday

Volunteers make three distinct rounds on these units. In the first round, volunteers assist patients at meal time by clearing the tray tables of clutter, offering warm wash cloths, helping to open containers and cut food, and retrieving items from the pantry.

In the second round, volunteers circulate with the Sweet Dreams Cart and offer patients complimentary comfort items.

Finally, volunteers complete a final round to take extra time to chat with patients and assist with non-clinical concerns. The goal of this program is to prepare patients for a restful evening.

Volunteer Greeter

Location: Lutheran Hospital | Solon Family Health Center | Wooster Family Health Center
Hours: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. or Noon – 4 p.m. | Monday – Friday

Imagine being the person responsible for making a patient or visitor's first impression a positive one! As a welcoming presence at the front doors of our Family Health Centers and Community Hospitals, Volunteer Greeters put a personal touch on patient and visitors' experiences through their greeting, escorting, giving directions and prevailing wheelchair assistance.

We are looking for compassionate, engaging individuals who like to help others and can stand and walk 3 - 4 hours at a time.

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