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Most volunteer areas require a regularly scheduled, weekly, four hour shift. For volunteers 18 and older, a 100 hour annual commitment is required. For our younger volunteers still in high school, we require a regularly scheduled, weekly, one to two hour shift, with a 50 hour annual commitment.
Our program provides volunteer opportunities for ages 16 and up.
Application: Complete the online application form (see “Apply Now” button on homepage) 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 direct you to our online orientation packet. Our orientation covers the policies and procedures of CHI Mercy Health and the Volunteer Services Department.
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 Volunteer Services. Final paperwork will be reviewed, a mini tour of the hospital conducted and you will receive your ID badge and uniform.
Training: As a new volunteer, you will work alongside a veteran volunteer until you feel confident in your specific duties. 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 CHI Mercy Health dress code, and wear the volunteer polo/smock provided. The dress code is explained in detail in the orientation material.
Sorry, we do not have summer-only opportunities.
Yes, as a Volunteer you will be allowed to shadow hospital employees. Volunteer Services can assist with this. However, if you wish to observe or shadow a community physician, you must contact one directly to request the opportunity.
Once applications have been received, they are kept on file for three months from the date received. If you applied to volunteer more than three months ago, you will need to reapply.
The majority of our volunteer stations have four hour shifts beginning at 8 a.m., noon, and four.
Yes, there are limited volunteer opportunities available between the hours of 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. weekends.
Once you have been accepted as a volunteer and begin your shift, parking is available in any lot during that 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, or beverage from our espresso shop, up to $7, is allowed on the day(s) you volunteer. Meal provisions are explained in detail at orientation.
We do not allow community service or court-ordered service hours to be fulfilled by volunteering at CHI Mercy Health.
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 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Volunteers at CHI Mercy Health make a big difference in the lives of our patients, staff and visitors. But the
benefits go beyond the satisfaction of knowing you have helped someone.
Other perks of volunteering include:
Volunteering in a healthcare environment requires several necessary steps before you can begin. Please refer to the volunteer application process for details. This process can take between four and six weeks before you are ready to begin volunteering.