Volunteer at Johns Hopkins Howard County Medical Center


Johns Hopkins Howard County Medical Center is proud of its active volunteers who can be found assisting departments throughout the hospital and in our community programs. Our volunteers are a team of caring, enthusiastic and dedicated individuals who go a long way in helping the hospital achieve its mission. Ages 15 and up!

Our volunteers are a key part of the hospital's success - visiting patients, assisting family members, working with hospital staff and in community positions supporting health promotion events and the Cancer Resource Center. 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 staff, patients and the community.

Please note: 

Due to the high volume of new applicants and existing volunteers, we are currently not accepting new volunteer applications other than for the specific positions listed below. Thank you for your consideration and support of Johns Hopkins Howard County Medical Center.

Korean Speakers:

To improve the patient experience for those in our community, we are searching for volunteers who can fluently speak the Korean language. This will include checking in with patients within the Korean population to ensure their needs and expectations are met. Hours can be flexible.

Animal Assisted Therapy Teams:

We currently partner with Capital National Therapy Dogs and Pet Partners. Hours can be flexible.

Gift Shop Volunteers:

The Gift Shop is currently looking for volunteers to assist with daily operations that include the operation of the cash register, restocking of inventory, greeting customers, maintaining cleanliness, delivering flower orders to patient rooms, pricing merchandise, and inflating helium balloons.  There are weekend and weekday shifts available from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.


Calling all musicians! We are seeking volunteers who play a musical instrument to play in our hospital lobby for patients and staff. Hours can be flexible.

If you are interested in these volunteer opportunities, please reach out to [email protected].

  • Patient and Family Advisory Council

    Members of this advisory council discuss critical operational decisions related to how Johns Hopkins Howard County Medical Center can provide care in the most compassionate and empathetic manner, while ensuring that we are employing the best safety and care techniques.

  • Community Volunteers

    There are many benefits to volunteering – fulfillment from help those in need, training that leads to new skills, discovering local resources and more. If you are 18 or older, you can volunteer with Journey to Better Health and give back to your community.

Contact Us

5755 Cedar Lane
Columbia, MD 21044

Telephone: 410-884-4580
Email: [email protected]

Office hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

*** Please note that Johns Hopkins Howard County Medical Center is a smoke-free campus. For safety and consistency of service, all volunteers must be able to perform their services without external, third-party coaching and be able to find their way around the medical center independently during an emergency. We do not accept applicants who are required to do community service by third parties, with the exception of high schools (Student Service Learning) and institutions of higher learning. We cannot accept applicants who are currently in alcohol, drug or behavioral rehabilitation programs or therapy. ***