Volunteering at Gibson General Hospital

Gibson General Hospital's Volunteers are very special people. They choose to help others by giving of themselves. Gibson General Hospital's Volunteer Services fulfills the needs and enrich the lives of the hospital and its patients through many different programs. We are always looking for outstanding people who are called to help people through community service. We have many different service areas to match your skills and interests in serving.

Whether a "red coat" (adult male volunteer) or a "pink lady" (adult female volunteer), or a "candy striper" (male or female teen volunteer), serving as a gift shop cashier, information desk attendant or business office assistant, there's a volunteer role you can play at Gibson General Hospital. Whatever skills you bring, we have a role you can play that will help create a stronger hospital and a healthier community.

To Become A Volunteer

The first step towards becoming a hospital volunteer is to fill out a Volunteer Application, located in the hospital's gift shop or online (see links to the right).

The Director of Volunteer Services will contact you. She will help to determine available work hours, areas of interest, etc. 

New volunteers are provided on-the-job training. Training is accomplished by partnering with an experienced volunteer for the specific area. In some cases a department employee provides the training.

Membership
Membership in Volunteer Services is open to all that are interested. There are three classes of membership - Active (those who participate with a minimum of 50 hours per year), Sustaining (those who participate with financial assistance but have no minimum hours) and Lifetime (those who pay a lifetime membership fee at one time). For further information, see the Director of Volunteer Services.

Volunteer Benefits
In addition to the sense of accomplishment that comes with helping others and to make new friendships, there are a number of benefits that Gibson General Hospital offers to volunteers. They include:
 
- Fall (first Wednesday in October) luncheon to recognize volunteers for their hours and service to the hospital
 
- Participation in hospital events including the Annual Appreciation Picnic, Children's Christmas Party, and Annual Christmas Buffet

- Education/training opportunities

When Do Volunteers Work?
Volunteers usually work once or twice a week for anywhere from three to four hours or up to eight hours at a time. They are needed seven days a week during the mornings, afternoons and evenings. Substitutes are available to cover your assignment when you have personal or travel commitments.

Volunteer Service Areas
Volunteers are currently needed in the following areas for Volunteer Services:

Information Desk
Volunteers give information and directions to hospital visitors - an exciting service for those who enjoy greeting the public. Opportunities in this area are available seven days a week. 

Gift Shop
The Volunteer Services-sponsored Gift Shop provides attractive and useful items for patients, visitors and staff. Volunteers who are interested will provide assistance in stocking, sales and providing patient and public relations contacts. Volunteers are needed on weekdays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. Proceeds are donated back to the hospital in the form of equipment purchases and program funding.

Mail Delivery
Volunteers sort patient mail and deliver mail to patients. This service is conducted Monday through Saturday. This job requires a good sense of direction and healthy feet and legs for walking.

Chart Assembly
Assemble and collate necessary charts and forms as requested, for various departments of the hospital, such as Surgery, Pre-Admission Testing, etc. This job requires healthy hands and arms for collating the forms.

Community & Public Relations Office
Volunteers are needed to help with office duties, such as answering the telephone, typing, copying, running errands, mailings, etc.

Crafts
Volunteers make flower arrangements, which are sold in the gift shop.

Diet Aide
Volunteers assist residents in choosing menu items, as needed. When the menus have been completed, return them to the kitchen office. Relieve I-3 volunteer at 11:00 for lunch. If time allows, offer to clean glasses, read to patients, etc. 

Skilled Nursing Facility
Volunteers have a variety of jobs in this area, such as delivering newspapers, filling drinking cups with ice and water, providing laundry services for residents, watering flowers and plants in patients' rooms, as well as offering assistance to the Activity Director for Bingo, Games and other activities. 

Radiology
Assisting Radiology personnel with deliveries of film, answering telephones, sorting and filing reports and sitting with patients in ultrasound on occasion.

Material Management (Storeroom)
Assisting Storeroom personnel in receiving and delivering inventories. Assisting in cleaning of Storeroom and other duties. Hours can vary but Storeroom is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (prefer volunteers in the mornings, if possible). Must have ability to lift up to 50 pounds.

Other duties are available - please ask!