According to many of our volunteers, who we call Ambassadors, the most significant benefit they receive from volunteering is a genuine sense of satisfaction from helping others. Our Ambassadors come from every walk of life and they appreciate the opportunity to help others, learn new skills and make new friends.
Many of our volunteers enjoy the unique opportunities to serve others in a healthcare environment. Our senior volunteers often tell us that they enjoy the luxury of helping others now that they are retired. Teenagers have a unique learning opportunity through the Junior Ambassador Program for Teens. The work our Ambassadors perform at Cleveland Clinic is important, and the friendships they make are long-lasting. Many stay with us for years.
What Can I Expect?
Ambassadors who volunteer on the patient floors make rounds and assess patients who might need special attention or visitors. They fill water pitchers, engage in conversation and help during mealtime by opening containers for patients who cannot do so easily. They also may help with clerical work on the nursing units. Mostly our Ambassadors say they do whatever is needed.
Cleveland Clinic provides its volunteers:
- Free meal for each volunteer day (four hour minimum contributed)
- Skill development
- Annual recognition and awards event
- National Volunteer Week Celebration
- Free on-campus parking on the volunteer day
We ask our Ambassadors to contribute at least one shift per week for a period of six months or 100 hours. Our Volunteer Services Department takes great care to match a volunteer's interests and skills to a specific Cleveland Clinic assignment.
All Ambassadors attend a special orientation session and receive personal training within the department to which they are assigned. In addition, each Ambassador receives a navy blue blazer or vest embroidered with the Ambassador crest and a Cleveland Clinic identification badge to wear while volunteering.
Contact Volunteer Services
To find out more about our programs and opportunities or to learn how you can become a Cleveland Clinic Volunteer at our Main Campus or one of our Cleveland area Family Health Centers, please submit a request below or call us locally at 216.445.6986 or toll-free 800.223.2273, ext. 56986.