Overview

Overview

There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.

The Volunteers brighten up the hallways with their cheerfulness, and friendly smile. It is also virtually impossible to walk down a hallway at Fairview Hospital without seeing a volunteer. The hospital, quite literally, wouldn't be the same without them.

In these days of high technology, shorter patient stays, and rising healthcare costs, volunteers are crucial to the hospital’s long-term success. Our volunteers help us give patients the added human touch that’s so important in the healing process.

We know that you have a choice of where you can volunteer your time, and we are honored that you have chosen Fairview Hospital. It is individuals like you that contribute to our mission of providing high quality healthcare to the residents of our communities.

In this section, you’ll find plenty of reasons to become a Fairview Hospital Volunteer. And no matter what your interests or skills, we have a job for you! We’re sure you’ll find the work interesting, challenging and rewarding.

If you’re thinking about becoming a volunteer, welcome to Fairview Hospital. We hope you’ll join us.

If you have any additional questions about becoming a volunteer, please call the volunteer office at 216.476.7211.

Volunteer News

Fairview Hospital has many wonderful opportunities to get involved with people in your community. Give the caring touch to someone in need.

Check out our open positions to see if there are any positions that are of interest to you. If you don't see something listed that meets your needs, call Clare Brim at 216.476.7211 to discuss other opportunities.

Why Volunteer?

Why Volunteer?

You can make a difference.

Hundreds of volunteers donate their time and talent to Fairview Hospital each week. They perform valuable hospitality, patient care and administrative services. It is their smiling faces and positive attitudes that we see every day.

Fairview Hospital has been a leader in taking first-class care into the community we serve. We have been a central element in building a network of churches, satellite facilities, physician’s offices and other sites where we offer medical care, patient and family support, health education and preventative screening.

As an integral department of Fairview Hospital, our purpose is to provide an efficient, effective and humanistic volunteer staff and provide leadership, support and advocacy for volunteerism. We welcome enthusiastic individuals of all backgrounds and abilities and do not judge applicants by race, religion or age, but rather by commitment, dependability and the desire to be of service to our patients, families and visitors while supporting the services provided by Fairview Hospital.

The Volunteer Department at Fairview Hospital is like a family. As a part of our volunteer family, you’ll meet people who’ll become your lifelong friends. Many of our volunteers get together outside the hospital for lunches, picnics and other social activities.

So come and join our team! It’s a wonderful experience and it gives you the opportunity to not only make a difference in others, but also in yourself.

Opportunities

Opportunities

We want you to enjoy your work at Fairview and feel comfortable with your assigned duties. That’s why we offer so many different opportunities for volunteer placement.

You can work directly with patients, transporting them in wheelchairs or delivering flowers to their rooms. Or if you’d rather serve in a support function, you can help with clerical work or run errands for our various departments. The choice is yours to make.

If you see something listed here that interests you, please let us know. Or, if you have a special skill you think we could use, we’d be glad to discuss it with you.

Training & Orientation

The volunteer office has a monthly orientation for new volunteers. For every specific job, there is specific training. Training will either be offered by the volunteer staff or will be offered by the department which the volunteer will be working in.

If you are interested in any of the following positions, contact Clare Brim at 216.476.7211.


Open Positions for Volunteering

Flower Shop

Flowers of Fairview is run by The Auxiliary Board Volunteers. These volunteers create wonderful arrangements for our patients and staff here at Fairview Hospital. Flower shop volunteers also make floral deliveries to patients.

Gift Shop

Fairview Hospital Gift Shop is located on the first floor by the surgery center. The Gift Shop sells all different types of items to fit your needs, such as angels, gift cards, baby items, teddy bears, candy, seasonal items, and much more.

Grafted Hearts

The Grafted Hearts Volunteer Group can be found in our Parkview 2nd Floor Unit. These individual volunteers are special volunteers who have undergone Bypass Surgery. The purpose of these volunteers is to work with patients and family members who are going through this surgery. These volunteers will work with the patients and help comfort them with stories from their experiences and are there to comfort patients and family member and answer any questions they may have. Please call the Grafted Hearts Group at 216.476.7210.

Information Desk Receptionist

The Information Desk Receptionists, otherwise known as the voices of Fairview Hospital, receive phone call from family members and friends of our patients for Fairview and Lutheran hospitals. They are responsible for transferring phone calls to patient rooms, as well as phone calls all throughout the hospital. They also help give directions and make sure visitors get to their destination.

Knitting / Crochet

We are always in need for newborn baby hats to be made for our smallest patients. If you would like to make baby hats, please call our office. We provide the pattern and the yarn.

Library Cart

The Library Cart is a wonderful program for patients at Fairview Hospital, and we are so fortunate to have books and magazines donated to us from Cleveland Public Library, people in the community and Fairview Hospital staff members. On our library cart we have hard back books, current magazines, word puzzles and more. This is a great opportunity for someone to give a caring touch to our patients by stopping by patient rooms to see if they would like some company or reading material.

Mobile Hallway Pathfinder

Monday - Friday and Weekends, various shifts.

Pastoral Care

Under the Pastoral Care Department, there are two different positions: Eucharistic Ministers, a Catholic position, hand out communion to our patients. Contact Fr.Schwet at 216.476.4929 for more information on this position.

Stephen Ministers make spiritual visits to our patients. For more information on this position, contact Tricia Gilbert, 216.476.7285.

Pathfinder

Pathfinder Volunteers are stationed at the Courtesy Desk located in Parkview. These specific volunteers direct and escort patients and visitors to their destination. Pathfinder Volunteers are given a red blazer to wear so that visitors and patients can locate them easily and receive assistance as needed.

Patient Transport & Errand Running

Volunteer Transporters are an essential part of the hospital's mission and vision to good patient care. These volunteers do a wide variety of things serving every department in the hospital including the Medical Building. Transport Volunteers discharge, admit and transfer patients, and they also deliver medications, lab specimens, medical records, flowers, mail and much more.

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. − 4 p.m.

PAWS for Care

PAWS for Care is Fairview Hospital's Pet Therapy program. If you are interested in learning more about this program, contact PAWS Coordinator, Robin Love at 216.476.PAWS (7297).

Ronald McDonald Family Room

For more information, contact Kathie McNeilly at 216.476.7635.

Other Open Opportunities

There are none available at this time.

Adult Volunteers

Adult Volunteers

As an Adult Fairview volunteer (ages 18 and older), you’ll give more to the hospital than we could ever give back. To show you just how grateful we are, we offer a few small tokens of appreciation:

  • Meals and parking. On the days you come to work, we’ll provide a guest meal for you in our cafeteria. And, of course, you won’t have to pay for parking, either.
  • Volunteer Association Recognition Luncheon. Once a year, we invite our volunteers to a very special luncheon. It’s our way of saying “thank you” for your dedicated service. You’ll enjoy a wonderful meal, entertainment, and lots of praise for work well done. Junior Volunteers will enjoy a bowling party in the fall for all of their hard work and dedication.
  • Recognition pins. As an adult, when you’ve accumulated 500 volunteer hours, you’ll be awarded a Fairview Hospital Pin to wear. And for each additional 500 hours thereafter, you’ll get a service bar to add to it. For Junior Volunteers, you will receive a 100 hour recognition pin for every 100 hours of service you give to Fairview Hospital.

If you have any questions about becoming an Adult Volunteer, please call the volunteer office at 216.476.7211.

Submit Adult Volunteer Application

Junior Volunteers

Junior Volunteers

The Junior Volunteer Program is a year round program that is open seven days a week. High school students will come after school Monday - Friday and volunteer until 7:30 p.m. We are also open on the weekends.

Minimum age to volunteer is 14 years of age.

If you have any additional questions about Junior Volunteering, please call Pamela Bruce at 216.476.7212.

Submit Junior Volunteer Application (Minimum age is 14)

Community Relationships

Community Relationships

The Volunteer & Auxiliary Resources Department works very closely with different organizations throughout the west side including schools, churches, senior centers and other individual craft groups.

In 2010, our Junior Volunteer Program had 426 volunteers from several different schools. Some of these schools have organized programs for students to gain life long experiences through volunteering in their community.

North Olmsted High School has a S.I.T.E.S Program (Social Involvement Through Education and Services) designed for students who voluntarily join this group. The students are released from school for a few hours to go work at different organizations. The Volunteer Department has had a wonderful experience working with the S.I.T.E.S students over the years, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with North Olmsted High School.

Magnificat High School has two programs that Fairview Hospital works closely with including a Sophomore Service where students are required to complete 20 hours of volunteering at an organization in the community. They also have a Genesis Program for senior students. This Senior Project is for students who have an idea of the career field they would like to pursue. With help from our Nursing Department, students interested in medicine come to Fairview Hospital where they can shadow nurses in all different areas of the hospital for two weeks.

St. Joseph Academy has two programs for their Sophomores and Seniors where they are to complete a certain amount of hours of volunteering at a community organization throughout the year to graduate.

We also see many other students from many other schools such as Rocky River, Bay Village, Fairview Park, John Marshall, Lutheran West, Westlake and Lakewood High Schools.

The Volunteer Department has many different community organizations that make monthly donations to our patients in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Pediatrics, Pediatric ER and various others.

Thank you to all the different organizations throughout the communities including, Faith Hope & Charity Stitches, Inc., Piece-makers - Fairview Grace United Methodist Church, Westlake United Methodist Church, West Park United Church of Christ, Rocky River Senior Center, Village 100, Telecom Pioneers, Lakewood Department of Aging, Victoria Plaza, John Knox Church, The Normandy Group, Dover Congregational United Church of Christ and Avon Senior Center.

We enjoy working with all of these different community organizations, and will continue to work closely with them for many more years to come.