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Application Process

NOTE: We are grateful for the continuing high levels of volunteer participation and community support. Due to the high volume of applications, we are currently placing all incoming applications in our wait file.  Please check back for future updates.

Download a volunteer application or view volunteer positions.


All prospective volunteers must complete a volunteer application, and provide three personal references (non-relatives).

Minimum Age
16 years

Number of Hours Required
Volunteers must commit to a minimum of 100 hours of service over the course of a year.

Volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of one 4-hour shift per week.  Volunteers are scheduled to work the same day and time each week and are expected to meet their commitments to their scheduled work hour

Health-Related Documentation (required for all positions inside the hospital and The Center for Ambulatory Surgery)

  • All volunteers are tested for tuberculosis and must be determined to be free of active infection before they are allowed to begin working in the hospital. Tuberculin skin tests (PPD) are administered through the hospital's Employee Health Department free of charge.
  • Additionally, all volunteers must provide documentation that they have had at least one measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine or provide documentation of MMR immunity regardless of age.

Orientation & Training
Prospective volunteers will be interviewed and invited to attend the new volunteer orientation upon completion of the requirements (held monthly).

Placement / Further Training
Based on the interview and completeness of all required forms and classes, volunteers are given assignments and are provided with an identification badge. Volunteers are asked to purchase a uniform jacket. At that time, further training with veteran volunteers and/or staff members is arranged.

Volunteers are required to purchase their uniform.


Please complete the application and submit it using our contact form or mail it to:

Howard County General Hospital
Volunteer Services Dept.
5755 Cedar Lane
Columbia, MD 21044-2912

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