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 position for you! We’re sure you’ll find everything to be 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 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.



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

You can interact directly with patients by delivering flowers, mail or our library cart to their rooms. 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. 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 an orientation for new volunteers. For every specific position, 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, call 216.476.7211 for more information.

Open Positions for Volunteering

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, 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 talk with patients and family members who are going through this surgery. These volunteers will talk with the patients and help comfort them with stories from their experiences and are there to comfort patients and family members 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, and more. This is a great opportunity for someone to give a caring touch to our patients by stopping at the patient rooms to see if they would like some company or reading material.

Spiritual Care

Under the Pastoral Care Department, the Eucharistic Ministers, a Catholic position, hand out communion to our patients. Contact Father Deogratias at 216.476.4929 for more information on this position.


Greeters are stationed by the Information Desk. These specific volunteers direct and escort patients and visitors to their destination.

Errand Running

These volunteers 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. They deliver lab specimens, medical records, flowers, mail and much more.

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. − 4 p.m.

Caring Canines

Caring Canines 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 the Ronald McDonald Room Coordinator 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 volunteer, 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.
  • Recognition pins. As an adult, when you’ve accumulated 500 volunteer hours, you’ll be awarded a Fairview Hospital Pin to wear. 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 five days a week. High school students will come after school Monday - Friday and volunteer until 7:30 p.m.

Minimum age to volunteer is 16 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 16)