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. 

Animal Assisted Therapy Teams

We are currently accepting new therapy animal teams who are verified through Pet Partners and Capital National Therapy Dogs. In order to qualify for this position, you must have an established therapy dog that can visit the hospital with you. Hours can be flexible.

Gift Shop

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 weekday shifts available from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. 

Materials Management

The Materials Management department is looking for a volunteer who is available to clean and dust inventory bins throughout all units in the hospital. Hours can be flexible anytime between Monday through Friday 10a-4p.

Family Surgical Waiting Room

The Family Surgical Waiting Room is looking for outgoing and welcoming volunteers to answer telephone calls, greet patients/family members and maintain the cleanliness of waiting room. This position requires frequent walking. Available hours vary Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Employee Wellness

Employee Wellness is looking for volunteers to assist with ensuring cleanliness in our recharge rooms. Recharge rooms are where employees go to take a break and decompress. These rooms have massage chairs, treadmills, coloring books, etc. This would include wiping tables down, ensuring supplies are stocked, reporting issues to program coordinator and more. Hours can be flexible. 

Volunteer Requirements

To volunteer at JHHCMC, you must be age 15 or older. Volunteers must commit to at least four hours of service per week (or a minimum of 100 hours).

All applicants must:

  • Submit an online volunteer application to begin the interview/selection process.
  • Receive clearance from Occupational Health Services by showing proof of tuberculosis testing, immunizations/titers (MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, Tdap, COVID, and a flu vaccine during the season), and urine drug screening before volunteering.
  • Complete virtual Volunteer Services Orientation and follow up paperwork
  • Complete a background check if age 18 or over.
  • Comply with the JHHCMC annual flu campaign if volunteering in-person in the hospital.

If you are interested in these volunteer opportunities, please reach out to [email protected]. For any in-kind donation inquiries, please email [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: 7:30 a.m. – 4 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. ***