Have you ever wished there was something that you could do to help
others? If helping others and making a difference in your community
sounds appealing then you can become LH Volunteer. That is the kind of
person we are looking for… people like you!
Who are our volunteers and what motivates them? Collectively our
volunteers have one common denominator. They are people who feel good
about helping others. Annually over 500 people, age 14 and counting,
come to Lankenau as volunteers. Our volunteers are students, parents,
grandparents, working professionals and retirees from all walks of life.
Our volunteers come during the day, after school, on weekends, whenever
their schedule allows.
Volunteering Brings Special Rewards
Volunteering means being part of a group of energetic men and women who
make a significant difference in the health and well being of the
community. For some, volunteering provides an opportunity to interact
with people and make new friends. For others it is a way to give back to
the community. Still others find volunteering an excellent way to
enhance skills and explore new careers. The greatest reward, however, is
the sense of giving of oneself to help others.
At Lankenau Medical Center we believe that each of our volunteers is
special. Annually we host a recognition event to express our
appreciation to our volunteers. Pins are awarded for hours of service
and in the Main Corridor of the hospital a the Volunteer Recognition
Plaque honors volunteers who have donated over 1000 hours during their
years as a volunteer.
Lankenau Medical Center offers a number of volunteer opportunities
working with patients and with the many offices that support patient
care. Each individual volunteer has unique talents to offer. The
Department of Volunteer Services matches each applicant with an
assignment that best taps into those talents.
Here a just a few of the unique volunteer opportunities that you may
wish to check out:
Pet Visitation: For some patients, shaking a
furry paw or stroking a floppy ear can often be the best
medicine. And that is why a volunteer program in pet visitation
at LH brings patients and pets together. Teams of specially
trained volunteers and their dogs visit patients in the
Transitional Care Center and are invited to visit in other
patient care areas. Patients delight in the dogs that have been
Delta screened and trained for their work as “therapists.” If
you have a dog that is howling for the opportunity to be a
volunteer be sure to contact the Volunteer Office for details. Note:
Volunteer dogs must be Delta or Pals certified.
Humor Therapy: Members of our Humor
Prescription Program add a dimension of humor in an otherwise
stressful environment. Consider driving our “Humor Ambulance”
delivering diversional activities and humorous reading materials
or think about going to Clown College to become a Caring
Clown. The magical moments encountered by these
volunteers envelope those they encounter with embracing hugs and
warm smiles while bringing support, encouragement and a message
Hamper Thrift Shop: Is shopping your bag? Love
things old and new, borrowed or blue? The Lankenau Medical
Center Thrift Shop has a volunteer opportunity just for you! The
Lankenau Medical Center Hamper Shop sells donated and consigned
items. Furniture, household items, clothes, bric-brac, etc. is
all for sale at this historic home located on Montgomery Avenue
in nearby Narberth, PA. The Women’s Board of the hospital
generously donates all profits from the shop to the hospital.
Heart Hugs/ Surgical Snugs: Handy with a needle
and thread? Volunteers who love to sew make heart shaped or
small rectangular pillows for patients recovering from surgical
procedures. These therapeutic pillows provide comfort during
coughing and deep breathing exercises that contribute to the
recovery process. This is a way to volunteer right in your own
Knit One, Purl Two: If you enjoy knitting
consider becoming one of Nancy’s Knitters. Volunteers knit cozy
baby hats and blankets for Lankenau's smallest patients. Donated
yarn and instructions are provided
Becoming a Lankenau Medical Center Volunteer
Contact the Department of Volunteer Services for an Application
or choose the appropriate one below.
Use the Junior application form for those under the age of 18.
Submit two reference letters from non-relatives. Reference Forms
are located within the applications. Please have references
mailed to our department.
Background checks are completed for applicants over the age of
18. Please make sure documents have all information requested
and that these documents have the consent signature in order for
background check to be processed.
Quantiferon Testing (Tuberculosis Testing) is required and can
be completed free of cost at Outpatient Lab Services at Lankenau
with the volunteer commitment of 40 hours to our organization.
Skin PPD’s are not accepted. Infection Prevention requires a
Once applications and reference letters are received, applicants
will be contacted to come to a group interview session. See
Orientations will include education on all volunteer policies
and procedures, confidentially documents and
infection/prevention certification. Please note that volunteers
are required to come to an interview before being invited to an
orientation session See
For further information about the Volunteer Program at Lankenau Medical
Center email VaszilyT@mlhs.org.
Everyone is a potential volunteer. All it takes is a desire to improve
the quality of life… a desire to make a difference.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.