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Most volunteer areas require a regularly scheduled weekly 4 hour shift. For Adult Volunteers, a 100 hour annual commitment is required. The Youth Volunteer program requires a regularly scheduled weekly 1 to 2 hour shift, with a 24-48 hour annual commitment.
Our Youth Volunteer program provides volunteer opportunities for students 14-17 years of age. Our Adult Volunteer programs provide opportunities for those 18 and up.
Application: Complete the online application form (See "Volunteer Application" under "Volunteer Opportunities") or call 541.677.4465 to request an application be mailed to you.
Interview: Volunteer Services will contact you to go over your application once it has been received. The purpose of this interview is to help us become acquainted and, if accepted, determine your volunteer placement/schedule.
Orientation: Following the interview, if a placement has been determined, we will mail you our self-guided orientation packet. Our orientation covers the policies and procedures of Mercy Medical Center and the Volunteer Services Department. Once you’ve reviewed the materials, complete the enclosed assessment, and return It to Mercy Volunteer Services.
Security Clearance: Each applicant is required to have a background check completed. While there is no cost to you, a social security number is required. The Background Search Authorization Form will be filled out during the orientation process.
TB Skin Test: A TB skin test will be scheduled upon completion of your application and orientation. The TB skin test requires that you come in to our Employee Health Nurse to get the first dosage. You must return 48-72 hours afterwards to have the TB results read. You then wait one week, and come back in for the second dosage. If you fail to return for your readings, you will be required to repeat the TB test.
ID Badge/Uniform: Each volunteer is provided a badge to be worn each time they volunteer. After the orientation paperwork and TB skin tests are complete, and there is confirmation of the completed security clearance, applicants will be scheduled to meet with the Director of Volunteer Services. Final paperwork will be reviewed, a mini tour of the hospital conducted and you will receive your ID badge and uniform.
Training: Applicants will receive training on their specific duties that will be scheduled with Volunteer Services after the confirmation of a completed application and background clearance. Volunteer Services will escort you to your volunteer location to meet the veteran volunteer that will train you. There are certain departments that also require extra training from their staff, and will require that you be trained by them as well.
Depending on your desired assignment and how quickly you get the orientation packet back and the background checks and TB tests can be administered; the process can take between 4-6 weeks.
Volunteers must adhere to the Mercy Medical Center dress code along with their provided polo/smock. The dress code is explained in detail in the orientation material.
Sorry, we do not have summer-only opportunities.
Adult Volunteers must commit to one 4-hour shift per week for a minimum of six months. Youth volunteers must commit to one, one or two hour shift per week for a minimum of six months. This commitment provides consistency which benefits both the volunteers and the patient/staff that they serve.
Volunteer Services does not provide opportunities to shadow clinical staff. If you wish to shadow a clinical staff member, please contact the Human Resources Department at 541.677.2475 for more information. If you wish to observe or shadow a physician, you must contact one directly to request the opportunity.
Once applications have been received, they are kept on file for six months from the date received. If you applied to volunteer more than six months ago, you will need to reapply.
The majority of our volunteers volunteer in 4 hour shifts Mondays through Fridays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
There are limited volunteer opportunities available between the hours of 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekends.
Once you have been accepted as a volunteer and begin your shift, parking is available in any lot during your volunteer shift. We do ask that you please use spaces further from the entrances, leaving the closer ones for our patients and guests.
One free meal up to $7.00 is allowed to those who volunteer a shift of 3-4 or more consecutive hours. Meal provisions are explained in detail at orientation.
It is not recommended that community service or court-ordered service hours be fulfilled by volunteering at Mercy Medical Center.
We do not recommend volunteering in an attempt to secure employment at this facility. Volunteering does not guarantee or open doors to part-time or full-time employment. For information on employment, visit Jobs on the website.
We ask our volunteers to commit to a regularly scheduled weekly shift for six months. This longer-term opportunity provides consistency which benefits both the volunteers and the patient/staff that they serve.
Yes, but we ask you to commit to your assigned area for at least one month and then contact Volunteer Services to talk about the possibility of adding an additional shift in another area.
Yes, if your availability allows it and there are opportunities available for multiple shifts.
You can contact the Volunteer Services office at 541.677.4465 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Volunteers at Mercy Medical Center make a big difference for our patients, staff and visitors. But the benefits go beyond the satisfaction of knowing you have helped someone. Other perks of volunteering include:
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