Volunteers play an important role in our mission to "Improve the health and lives of the people and communities we serve." A typical volunteer commitment is one four-hour shift a week. Volunteers assist in areas such as mail and flower delivery, patient wheelchair transportation, information desks, outpatient lab, emergency department, patient representatives, spiritual care, clerical support and the Petite Bazaar gift shop just to name a few.
Akron General also has a teen volunteer program for high school students 15 years and older who are interested in pursuing a healthcare career. Volunteer opportunities are also available at Akron General's Health & Wellness Center - West. Volunteering not only benefits our patients, families and staff, it is a great way to be a part of the community, meet new people, develop new interests and learn new skills. Research shows that people who volunteer live longer and healthier lives and benefit from what is called a helper's high.
There is a volunteer program for everyone:
Teens must be 15 years old and complete an application, have a counsellor's reference and interview before being accepted into the program. A minimum of 50 hours is required.
Often curriculum is designed to encourage or require volunteer hours for a field of study. Akron General supports students who need volunteer hours in preparation for admission to specialty programs such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Radiology, Medical School or Nursing School.
Volunteer from Home
At home volunteer opportunities are available in the Prayer Partner Volunteer program and two sewing programs for Cardiac Pillow Case and Isolette Covers.