Those interested in serving their fellow community members by volunteering their time and talents will find many opportunities to do so within Johnson Memorial Medical Center (JMMC). Several JMMC facilities rely on the support of volunteers, including Johnson Memorial Hospital (JMH), Evergreen Health Care Center (EHCC), and Home & Community Health Services (H&CHS). Below is a brief synopsis of the volunteer program at each of these facilities.
Johnson Memorial Hospital
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at JMH. More than 120 dedicated adults and teens currently serve as volunteers. Our volunteers are devoted members of the JMH family, and we are proud of their commitment. Whether they are delivering patient meals, filing and sorting paperwork, or staffing the Gift Shop, each of these individuals is enormously appreciated by both staff and patients alike. Their compassion and energy are among the hospital's most valued assets.
Where can volunteers help within the hospital?
We offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities at JMH, and we are dedicated to helping you find the department that is the best for you. Some of the departments in which you can volunteer are listed below.
Who can volunteer at JMH?
- Cardiac Rehabilitation (Enfield)
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Dietary Services
- Emergency Department
- Gift Shop
- Medical Library
- Nutrition Services
- Pastoral Care
- Patient Accounts
- Physical Medicine
- Same Day Services (Enfield)
- Volunteer Services
- Cancer Program (Enfield)
You need to be 14 years old to volunteer. We ask that you are dependable and able to make a commitment of a minimum of 100 hours. Volunteers average three to four hours of service per week.
When can you volunteer?
We have volunteers on duty in different departments from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. The time that you would volunteer would depend on your availability and what hours are available in the department that you choose. We do have after school and weekend openings in some departments.
JMH volunteers come here for many different reasons. They enjoy the personal satisfaction of helping others. Also, they are interested in gaining insight into the world of health care.
We provide uniforms, free and convenient parking, meals for volunteers who volunteer at least three hours and other benefits such as annual recognition dinners and educational opportunities.
How can I become a JMH volunteer?
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or call 860-684-8216 to request an application and information packet. If you are a high school student, request a teen volunteer packet. If you completed high school, request an adult volunteer packet. You may request a packet be sent to you by e-mail or US mail. We look forward to hearing from you!
Evergreen Health Care Center
The volunteer program at EHCC is flexible, varied and offers many rewarding benefits. From gaining valuable experience in the beginning stages of employment, to making a positive contribution to the lives of residents, volunteers receive benefits that are intangible and immeasurable. EHCC volunteers give comfort and friendship, which they receive back ten-fold. They put a smile on residents' faces and become the community, neighbor or friend that our residents had to leave behind.
Volunteer duties vary according to each individual's interests and ability. They may include visiting or helping to transport residents, assisting in activities, running simple programs, delivering mail, filing, preparing activity items as needed, or just taking residents outside on warm days. Whether helping to finish a project, playing music or a game or just brightening a person's day by stopping by to chat, volunteers' efforts are always appreciated.
Scheduling for volunteers is flexible; however, it is preferred that volunteers commit to at least one hour for each time they volunteer. Hours can start at 9:15 in the morning and run throughout the day and early evening. Volunteers need to be at least 14 years of age and must complete a Volunteer Application. To learn more about volunteering at EHCC, please contact Christine Condel, Volunteer Coordinator at (860)-684-6341 ext. 132 or Kathleen Smola, Director of Therapeutic Recreation, at 860-684-6341, ext. 130.
Home & Community Health Services
Adult volunteers at H&CHS enable the agency to ensure that clients are fully supported in their time of need. While volunteers assist with clerical duties and help staff many of the agency's programs and services, one of the services that relies most heavily on their support is hospice.
Volunteers in the Hospice Program work with families who have been faced with the emotional and physical challenges of caring for a loved one with a life-limiting illness. They compliment the clinical expertise and support provided by H&CHS' professional staff by offering companionship and by assisting with routine tasks such as grocery shopping, laundry, and light housekeeping. Prior to being assigned to a family, volunteers undergo training to learn more about hospice and their role in the care-giving team.
The nature of working directly with patients and families may not be for everyone, but there are other ways to lend a helping hand to the hospice program. Volunteers can, for example, participate in H&CHS' annual holiday gift-wrapping effort to raise funds for hospice care. Additional volunteer opportunities exist within services and programs such as well-child, vision and hearing, and flu clinics; respite and bereavement care; special events and more.
For more information about volunteer opportunities available within H&CHS, please call -860-763-7600.