Do you enjoy helping others? Do you have a few hours a week to spare? Yes? Then join the growing family of volunteers at Bryn Mawr Hospital! More than 500 volunteers, from high school students to retirees, dedicate their time to the hospital community, providing care and support that is truly unique to Bryn Mawr Hospital.
Volunteering brings special rewards
Volunteering at Bryn Mawr Hospital means being part of an energetic group of men and women who make a significant difference in the health and well-being of the community. Our volunteers are students, parents, grandparents, working professionals and retirees from all walks of life. Through the generous gift of time, talents and personal interests, our volunteers supplement the work of staff members by offering many special services so important to patients, their families and hospital staff.
At Bryn Mawr Hospital we believe each of our volunteers is special and makes a unique contribution. We host an annual recognition event to express our appreciation to our volunteers and pins are awarded for their hours of service. High school and college students who complete the volunteer experience may receive letters of reference and may also receive credits for community service work or credits for college courses.
Volunteers also receive a free beverage and free on-site parking.
Volunteer opportunities at Bryn Mawr Hospital
The following volunteer opportunities are available at Bryn Mawr Hospital:
- Pre-medicine/post-baccalaureate – An opportunity for volunteers to work in our outpatient surgical center, preparing operating rooms for patients and observing surgeries. In the emergency room, volunteers assist staff and observe procedures.
- Shadowing – A one-day program for high school and college students to gain deeper insight into the experiences of clinicians and health care professionals.
- High school programs – In order to participate you must be 15 years of age or older when you submit your application. The High school program begins with participation in the Summer High School Program which runs from June to August. Applications are accepted beginning in January of each year and the deadline is April 1st. Once summer volunteers hours are completed, students are then permitted to volunteer during the school year. Spots are limited in each program and are filled on a first come basis.
- Volunteer internships – An opportunity for college students to see health care behind the scenes. Internships are offered in administration and community health services. A project is assigned based on your interests and college work experience. These internships help you gain experience and discover your strengths and interests in the health care environment.
Volunteer opportunities include:
- Nursing and surgical units
- Green Room (surgical waiting receptionist)
- Lab receptionist
- Emergency room liaison
- Friendly visitor
- Pet therapy
- Musicians on Call
- Newspaper delivery
- Patient transport
- Thrift shop
- Gift shop/gift cart
- Elevator conductor
How to become a Bryn Mawr Hospital volunteer
To apply to be a volunteer at Bryn Mawr Hospital, you must:
- Commit to a weekly shift of four hours with a minimum of a six month stay.
- Complete and submit the appropriate application packet to the Volunteer Services office either by mail or email as noted below.
- Submit two reference letters from non-relatives. Reference forms are located within the application. Please have completed forms mailed to our department.
- Provide information requested for background check (required for applicants over the age of 18). Please make sure to sign your consent for background check to be processed.
- Once your application and reference letters are received, we will invite you to come in for an interview. If you are selected for one of our volunteer programs, you will participate in an orientation session that includes education on volunteer policies and procedures, confidentiality documents, and infection/prevention certification.
- When you are matched to a program, you will be given a signed form to report to the hospital lab for a QuantiFERON test (screening for tuberculosis). During flu season, September through May, all volunteers are required to have a flu shot.
Application for volunteer opportunities
Please note: All summer applications must be submitted no later than April 1. Spots are very limited and we accept students on a first-come basis.
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