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We are grateful for the continuing high levels of volunteer participation
and community support. Due to the high volume of applicants,
we are NOT currently accepting new applications.
Please check back for updates.
Howard County General Hospital is proud of its 300-plus active volunteers who can be found assisting departments throughout the hospital. Our volunteers are a team of caring, enthusiastic and dedicated individuals who go a long way in assisting the hospital achieve its mission.
Our volunteers are a key part of the hospital's success, visiting patients, assisting family members and working with the hospital staff. Whether taking magazines and books to patients, staffing the hospital’s gift shop, helping visitors find their way, or aiding a staff member with paperwork, our volunteers are an integral part of our care team, providing hope and cheer to both staff and patients.
Volunteers receive more in return for their time than they could imagine. Retirees find a newfound sense of purpose as they share the wisdom they've gained and students learn important lessons about being active community members, gain knowledge of the health care system and experience the excitement of working in a hospital. Friendship and fulfillment are among the additional bonuses in what is an intensely rewarding experience.
- Experience the health care environment
- Learn a new skill and gain work experience
- Stay active and involved
- Reach out to those in need
- Have fun and meet new people
- Make a difference in the lives of others
- Receive free flu vaccine (in season)
- Access to free parking
To join our volunteer team*, choose from the programs listed below:
Adult Volunteer Program
The Adult Volunteer Program welcomes community members who are 18 years of age and older the opportunity to help improve the hospital experience for patients, their families, caregivers, and the hospital staff. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of 100 hours of annual service and to one 4-hour shift per week.
The VolunTeen Program provides students who are 16-18 years old and currently enrolled in high school with a wonderful opportunity for career exploration and for teens to develop leadership qualities and make new friends.
Spiritual Care Volunteer Program
The Chaplaincy Services Department needs clergy and lay volunteers of all religious persuasions for our Spiritual Care Volunteer Program. Volunteers offer spiritual support to patients and family members through prayer, meditation, worship, sacrament or other religious rituals to members of their own religious tradition or in ecumenical/interfaith capacity. Coverage is especially needed during evening and weekend hours.
Outpatient Center Advisory Council
Members of this advisory council discuss ways to strengthen communication and collaboration among patients, families, caregivers, and staff; promote patient and family advocacy and involvement, and propose and participate in developing hospital and community programs, services and policies. Patients or their family members who have experienced clinic or outpatient care at our hospital in the past year may submit an application to serve on this committee.
Patient and Family Advisory Board
Members of this advisory group discuss critical operational decisions related to how we can provide care in the most compassionate and empathetic manner, while ensuring that we are employing the best safety and care techniques.
* Please be aware that we do not accept applications for those individuals attempting to complete court-ordered community service hours.