FAQs About Volunteering
What is the application process to volunteer?
Complete the online application and submit it to Volunteer Resources. After we conduct a background check, you will be invited to an orientation, which will provide further details on the volunteer program, policies and procedures. Also at orientation, you will schedule an interview with the Volunteer Resources Supervisor. During the interview, you will have the opportunity to discuss your placement and scheduling in a service area best suited to your needs and interests.
What are the Health Requirements?
All Volunteers must complete a TB Questionnaire in the MyHealth portal before starting and then again annually. This will be done at your interview. Based on how you answer the questions, you may be required to complete additional steps that may include, TB skin test, Chest X-ray, or proof of Check X-ray. All volunteers are required to have an annual Flu Vaccination during the Flu Season (October – April) or apply for a medical or religious exemption (which must be approved).There is no charge for flu shots. Volunteers who work in certain areas (labor and delivery, emergency department, neonatal, pediatrics, etc.) will be required to submit a blood test to check immunization levels (no charge for the blood test). A current immunization record from a doctor or Health Department in lieu of having the blood test is acceptable.
What is the minimum age to volunteer?
18 years old for the adult program. 14-17 year olds may volunteer during the summer months as part of the Summer Student Program. You may apply in March for the following summer. Details will be posted in January.
What is the required commitment to volunteer?
Commit to at least four consecutive months from the date of your first day of work. Work a minimum of four hours, once a week (some exceptions apply).
Once I attend orientation how long before I can start volunteering?
The average time to complete the interview and any necessary health screening is two to three weeks from the orientation date.
Is there a cost attached with volunteering?
Yes, volunteers are required to purchase a volunteer polo shirt (some exceptions apply).
Can I stop in to volunteer or is there a set schedule?
We will work out a day and shift that works with your availability. We will expect you to volunteer each week during that assigned shift.
What type of volunteer jobs are available?
There are a variety of patient care areas and non-patient care areas such as gift shop, golf cart driver, couriers, guest services, patient care units, emergency services, etc.
Can I volunteer at more than one location for Lee Health?
Yes. We ask that you complete the new volunteer requirements at your primary location and then inquire about adding a shift at a second location.
Can I volunteer in more than one department?
Yes. We ask that you complete training and settle into your primary department. Then we will be happy to assign you to an additional department based on availability.
What is the dress code for volunteers?
Volunteers wear the turquoise volunteer polo shirt and khaki or white pants (some exceptions apply).
What if I don’t like the area where I am assigned?
We ask that you volunteer to become familiar and fully trained in the area for at least 3 shifts. If you still aren’t satisfied, contact the Volunteer Supervisor to discuss a more suitable area.
Where should I apply if I want to volunteer with pediatric patients?
The only Lee Health Hospital that treats children is Golisano Children’s’ Hospital of SWFL.
What if I want to volunteer with Lee Health but not in the in the hospital?
We have outpatient centers and business offices which utilize volunteers as well.
Am I able to shadow or observe?
Volunteer Resources does not offer shadowing or observing. You can contact Human Resources at 239-424-3500 for more information.