Service areas with direct patient contact
- Patient Escorts – patients are taken by wheelchair or moveable bed to treatment areas and then returned to their rooms. You may also take patients to the main lobby for discharge from the hospital.
- Emergency Room Liaisons – friendliness, patience, and discretion are very important in this service area where volunteers interact with family members and emergency room staff to ensure a smooth flow in the ER.
- Gift Cart – volunteers bring a mini-gift shop selection right up to the nursing floor so that patients, family, and staff have the opportunity to purchase a candy bar, newspaper, magazine, or small toy.
- Pet Therapy – do you have a wonderful dog or cat that you know would make a patient feel better just to be around? Pre-screened pets that are well behaved, have up-to-date shot records and vet exams, and are approved by the certified occupational therapy assistant are scheduled to visit on the Skilled Nursing Unit, the Acute Care Unit, and the Psychiatric Unit.
- Music Therapy – the desire to share your musical talents with others is all you need to be a part of the music therapy program. Volunteers are welcome to talk with the certified occupational therapy assistant on the Skilled Nursing Unit, who will set aside a special time for you to entertain the patients.
- Physical Therapy – if you are trying to decide on a health career choice, volunteering in Physical Therapy will give you first-hand knowledge of exactly what a therapist does. Although a volunteer cannot treat a patient in any way, you can observe the therapist at work, run errands, bring patients to the gym for therapy treatments, and help out as needed.
- Skilled Nursing Activity Therapy Assistant – if you enjoy interacting with people, you will enjoy this service area that works with patients on the Skilled Nursing Unit making crafts, playing games, helping with group lunches, and many other activities.
- Television Service – you can help with the fundraising aspect of volunteering by collecting television rental payments from the patients and families. Attention to detail and record keeping is very important in this service area.
…and for those who would prefer to help in non-patient care services
- Cash Register – volunteering at the Gift Shop cash register will keep you busy for your entire shift. This is a great place to work if you are a “people person” and enjoy the hustle and bustle of a popular cafe atmosphere. You will be taught to operate the cash register, and you may help with basic merchandising duties.
- Information Desk – the information desk volunteer is usually the first person a visitor encounters when entering the hospital. A welcoming smile and a soothing attitude can go such a long way to easing a person’s apprehension at being at the hospital.
- Snack Bar – when we think of volunteering at the hospital, often the Snack Bar volunteer comes to mind. Whether you are serving the best cup of coffee in town or telling a customer the soup of the day, you know you are making the visitor’s time at the hospital just a bit more pleasant. Snack bar hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Volunteers may help in three- or four-hour shifts.
- Volunteer Office Assistants – there are opportunities in several hospital departments for those who enjoy polishing their clerical skills. Many tasks involve filing, and computer knowledge is helpful but certainly not necessary to help in any of these areas.
- Interdepartmental Couriers – anyone who wants to combine volunteering with keeping fit is invited to work with an experienced volunteer to learn the hospital courier route. Interdepartmental mail is picked up and delivered by courier cart from department to department throughout ACMH. Volunteers typically cover 3-4 miles in a regular four-hour shift.
- Volunteers should possess a professional appearance and manner
- A friendly smile and a positive attitude help to ease the anxiety of patients and visitors
- Volunteers should have a commitment to helping others
- Volunteers should be dependable
Volunteers enjoy many of the benefits of hospital employees, including discount coupons for local businesses, Christmas dinners, special sales, and optional membership (for $5 a month) in the ACMH Health Club, giving you use of the extensive exercise equipment in the Physical Therapy outpatient gym on a very open schedule throughout the day.
The auxiliary has an elected board of directors and monthly meetings, as well as a spring meeting and election of officers and a fall meeting for the general membership. Auxiliary membership offers the opportunity to fulfill personal leadership goals by serving as an elected officer or holding a service chairperson position. Officers and chairpersons attend board meetings, help with special projects, guide new volunteers, and help implement changes and improvements in their service areas.
Auxilians also have the opportunity to attend regional and state auxiliary conferences and to rise to leadership positions at these levels.
Adult Volunteer Application [doc] [pdf]
Junior Volunteer Application [doc] [pdf]