Union Hospital Volunteers are an important part of our healthcare team, providing the personal touches that patients and their families need, appreciate and remember.
Volunteers assist in areas such as main information desk, medical unit assistant, greeter, pet therapy and more. We accept volunteers starting at age 16.
As a volunteer, you will receive:
- Complimentary meal on the day you volunteer
- Skill development and life enriching opportunities
- Annual National Volunteer Week Recognition Dinner
- Discounts in our Gift Shop
If you would like to learn more about becoming a volunteer at Union Hospital, please contact:
Manager of Volunteer Services
Apply to Volunteer
To become a volunteer at Union Hospital, are several requirements:
- Complete Volunteer Application, or Student Volunteer Application if you are 14-18 years of age.
- Call the Volunteer Services Manager at 330.364.0833 or email [email protected] to schedule an appointment or to review the requirements.
- Provide Volunteer Confidential Reference Form to a non-family member and ask that they complete and return it in the postage-paid envelope.
- Get a BCI Background Check (for those 18 years of age and older). Your application will be submitted to the Human Resources Department.
- Get a Urine Drug Screen and First of Two Tuberculosis (TB) Tests at UH FirstCare.
- Get the seasonal flu vaccine.
- Complete Second Tuberculosis (TB) Test (must be within 7 to 21 days from date of first TB test).
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.
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: [email protected]
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.
Can I volunteer to fulfill 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.
Union Hospital Auxiliary
For many decades, the all-volunteer Union Hospital Auxiliary has worked to broaden community support for the hospital. The Auxiliary elects its own officers and members choose the projects they will undertake during the year.
As a fundraising arm of the hospital, the Auxiliary has donated more than $4 million to the hospital for patient care equipment and facility improvements. Some of the projects that have made this possible are the Corner Shop gift shop, the Christmas Tree Festival at Warther Museum, the Chocolate Love A’fair, the Tea in the Garden, and many others. The Auxiliary holds monthly meetings and new members are always welcomed.