Question: How do I become a volunteer at Good Samaritan Medical Center?
Answer: Becoming an Good Samaritan Medical Center volunteer begins with completing an application packet. Contact our Volunteer Department at 303-689-5800.
Question: Do I need to have certain qualifications if I want to be a volunteer?
Answer: We ask that volunteers are able to speak fluent English and comply with our policies and other necessary requirements—such as a background screen, TB test, and orientation.
Volunteers should also possess the following skills:
- A desire to help others
- Ability to deliver exceptional customer service
- Enthusiasm and joy to serve others
- Able to communicate effectively
Question: What will I be doing, and will I have contact with patients?
Answer: We have a wide variety of different volunteer assignments and strive to find a position that is a perfect fit for each volunteer accepted in to the program.
Some positions in departments such as the Emergency Department and Floor Hosts are patient-focused. We also have volunteers who visit patients with therapy dogs or the comfort cart allowing them opportunity for patient interaction.
Other volunteers work in staff-support roles in a variety of hospital departments and offices performing clerical and other support tasks.
We also have volunteers who work with hospital guests and visitors. They assist in raising funds in the Gift Shop, give directions and assistance at the welcome desk, and provide information to guests in the surgery waiting room.
The opportunities really are endless!
Question: How is placement decisions made?
Answer: The interview portion of the application process gives us the chance to get to know you, your availability, your interests, and your skills, and then we match these things with our open assignments. Again, we do our best to place you in an exciting and worthwhile position.
Question: Can I change my position placement?
Answer: We want you to enjoy volunteering! We hope to find a position you like right from the start. However, if other opportunities arise, your schedule changes, or you want to try something new, changes can be made.
Question: If I am a student, can I volunteer?
Answer: Students (both high school and college) are a significant part of our volunteer program. We offers many unique experiences to individuals interested in the medical field as well as other students looking to give back to their community and gain real-life experience.
Individuals must be 14 years old before they can begin volunteering at Good Samaritan Medical Center.
Due to the in-depth nature and cost associated with the application and training process, we do ask for a six-month commitment and a consistent volunteer schedule. We realize many students have extremely busy schedules, thus volunteering must be a priority in order to make it a worthwhile experience.
Helpful Tips for Volunteers
Some helpful tips for volunteers include:
- Know what you want to get out of volunteering. You can volunteer in order to make a contribution, advance your career, meet new friends, gain recognition, or simply enjoy the personal satisfaction that comes from helping others.
- Check the time it takes to do a particular volunteer job. How does the time commitment fit your schedule and lifestyle?
- Think about your skills, interests, and life experiences and how they could be useful in a volunteer setting.
- Be open and honest about your desire for meaningful and satisfying work and the need to have acceptance and respect of the staff.
- Be willing to give and take honest feedback in your volunteer job, and, when necessary, be an advocate for change.
- Respect confidentiality related to your volunteer placement.
- Most important of all, bring your heart and your sense of humor to your volunteer service, along with the enthusiastic spirit which is, in itself, a priceless gift.