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Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Milford Hospital!
Our program can be a wonderful and rewarding experience for men, women and students. While the desire to volunteer in a hospital is admirable, it is not for everyone. To better understand the Milford Hospital volunteer experience, please explore the Frequently Asked Questions below. If you have any questions, or would like additional information, please feel free to contact us.
What are the qualifications for becoming a Milford Hospital volunteer?
If you are accepted into our volunteer program we will provide the training necessary to be successful in your volunteer assignment. The following are a few general requirements:
- A genuine interest in volunteering in a healthcare setting
- A positive and friendly attitude
- Discretion and dependability
- An understanding of, and adherence to, strict confidentiality policies
- Knowledge and ability to perform position requirements
How much time is required / what will my commitment be?
Hours of service vary depending upon the assignment. Day, evening and weekend positions are available. Generally, we require a minimum of one shift per week. Volunteers are asked to make at least a six month commitment to their volunteer assignment.
What types of volunteer jobs do you have available?
There are over 30 areas to which volunteers are assigned. Our "openings" change on a regular basis. Prospective volunteers may choose a position that involves direct patient contact, indirect patient contact or little / no patient contact. Placement is based on mutual agreement between the Volunteer Services staff and the prospective volunteer.
Some of our volunteer opportunities include
- Guest Escort
- Clerical Volunteer (Various Deparments)
- Receptionist – (Main Information Desk and Emergency Department)
- Enchanted Window Gift Shop Volunteer
- Dietary Services / Menu Volunteer
- Diagnostic and Treatment Center Receptionist
- Surgi-Center Ambassador
- Surgi Center Aide
- Emergency Department Aide
- Walk In Center Aide (off site)
- Patient Representative
- Reiki Volunteer – certification and training required
- Tender Touch volunteer – special training required
What are the age requirements?
Adult volunteers are over the age of 18. We also have a very active Junior Volunteer program for high school students (see information below).
I am a college student and need an internship, can I do it at Milford Hospital?
We have very few internship opportunities. Please call the Volunteer office to discuss your specific areas of interest.
Can we volunteer as a group?
Unfortunately we do not accept group volunteers.
I need to do community service hours, can I do them at Milford Hospital?
We do accept some court-ordered volunteers. Each volunteer, however, must pass a Background Check.
I am unable to commit to a weekly position but would like to help. Is there anything I can do?
There are several opportunities to help patients, families and the community without committing to a weekly assignment. The following are a few ways to get involved and provide assistance to the hospital and our patients:
- Join the Milford Hospital Auxiliary.
- Consider being trained as a "substitute" volunteer for a specific service area.
- Help with special projects.
- Knit, crochet or sew at home. All of our newborns are given a baby cap and blanket. (Pattern for cap is available).
- Donate magazines (no older than 3 months), new or gently used books (children's and adults) and unopened playing cards.
- Collect items such as pajamas, sweats, t-shirts, underwear and toiletry items for our needy patients.
How do I get started?
Call the volunteer office for an application packet. You may also download the application from this site. From there, you will be required to do the following:
- Complete the application and background check form
- List two (unrelated) references
- Interview with a member of the Volunteer Services staff
- Attend a 3 ½ hour Volunteer Orientation (scheduled monthly)
- Complete the two-step PPD (TB) test administered at no-charge by our Diagnostic and Treatment Center
- Health clearance form completed by your physician
- Be available to train and / or shadow with a current volunteer or staff member. Most positions require 3 training sessions (approximately 9 to 12 hours).
- Commit to volunteering for a minimum of six-months
Please note: Meeting these requirements does not guarantee volunteer placement. Unfortunately we are unable to accept all prospective volunteers into our program.
Junior Volunteer Program
The Milford Hospital Junior Volunteer program is an excellent opportunity for youth interested in providing service to their community or learning more about the healthcare field. Junior Volunteers must be at least 15 years old and in the 9th grade. They must be able to commit a minimum of 50 hours of service within a one-year period.
Junior Volunteers are recruited each year in May. Throughout the year we maintain a waiting list for interested students. Occasionally, we will recruit additional Junior Volunteers on an as needed basis during the school year.
Junior Volunteer placements include
- Nursing Unit Assistants: perform a variety of duties including discharging patients, running errands, stocking supplies, clerical duties, making beds, delivering meal trays, filling water pitchers and more.
- Patient Transportation: Stationed in Diagnostic Imaging, Junior Volunteers transport patients via wheelchair between locations in the hospital. Requires the ability to relate well to different types of people.
- Enchanted Window Gift Shop: Volunteers assist with customer service and sales in our Gift Shop. Will also help with pricing, stocking merchandise and keeping shop tidy. Must be 16 years old.
- Messenger: Makes continuous predetermined rounds to collect and distribute interdepartmental mail and laboratory specimens to departments and nursing units. Students must possess the ability to use good judgment and work independently with little supervision.
- Emergency Center: Assist staff with a variety of duties including stocking supplies, making beds, rounding on patients, interdepartmental deliveries, assisting visitors.
- Escort: Escort visitors from main lobby to other hospital locations, sometimes offering a wheelchair. Deliver newspapers, flowers, etc. to patient rooms. Must be outgoing and able to interact with many types of people. Very limited openings.
- Pharmacy Assistant: Positions may be available in our Pharmacy. Volunteers will assist with clerical and courier responsibilities. Restocking and tagging.
How do I apply to become a Junior Volunteer?
Interested students should contact the Volunteer Office at 876-4062 to be placed on the waiting list.
During our recruitment period you will receive an application packet which includes:
- Volunteer Application,
- Guidance Counselor Recommendation Form
- Physician / Health form.
You must also attend an interview with a member of the Volunteer Services Staff. If you are accepted into the program you must be available to attend an Orientation Session.
How can I contact your office for more information?