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Volunteer opportunities

You can make a difference!

A small amount of time can make a difference in someone’s life. Volunteers play an integral role by offering their time and energy in the service of others. Whether you are a teen, employed or retired, as a SIUH volunteer you become an integral part of our institution. We are looking for volunteers who are compassionate, professional, dedicated and reliable. We believe together we can make a difference.

Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic all volunteer programs at SIUH have been temporarily suspended.

Application requirements

  • Application: A fully completed application, including two letters of recommendation, may be submitted to [email protected]. After submitting your application, to the campus of your choice (North or South), it will be reviewed by a member of The Volunteer Services team. You will be contacted post review regarding the status of your application. Please note: A valid Social Security number is needed in order for your application to be reviewed.
     
    • General Application
    • Completing an application does not guarantee your acceptance into the Volunteer program – an in person interview is required. All applicants will be contacted within 7 days by a representative of The Department of Volunteer Services. 
       
    • Applicants must be interviewed. If accepted, there is a 6 month probationary period.
       
    • Number of Hours required: Volunteers must commit a minimum of 100 hours of service with a minimum 4 hours of service per week is required. However, the amount of hours may be subject to change depending on the needs of the department with the approval of the department supervisor.

Junior Volunteer Requirements

High school students age 16-17 with working papers who volunteer can obtain valuable experience for future careers. Students must submit a Parental Consent Form and two letters of recommendations.

  • General Application
  • Completing an application does not guarantee your acceptance into the Volunteer program – an in person interview is required. All applicants will be contacted within 7 days by a representative of the Volunteer Department.
     
  • Applicants must be interviewed. If accepted, there is a 6 month probationary period.
     
  • Number of Hours required: Volunteers must commit a minimum of 100 hours of service with a minimum 4 hours of service per week is required. However, the amount of hours may be subject to change depending on the needs of the department with the approval of the department supervisor.
     
  • Interview: After completing the application process, a screening interview must be scheduled with the Department of Volunteer Service. Applicants are reviewed and considered based on assessed skills, interests, level of demonstrated commitment and the availability of volunteer positions. A reference check and background check are conducted. Please note some programs require a second interview with your designated supervisor.
     
  • Pre-Placement Medical Evaluation: A medical screening by your own primary care doctor will need to be arranged. The Medical Forms will need to be filled out, which includes a report of a current physical exam and laboratory (blood) work to prove immunity. You will be asked for a copy of laboratory results of Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, and Hepatitis B surface antigen, Hepatitis B survey antibody and Hepatitis B core antibody. A list of vaccines will not be accepted as a replacement. Any expenses occurred will not be covered by SIUH.
     
  • Your doctor will also administrator you’re first PPD (Tuberculosis skin test) and the hospital Employee Health Services must place the second PPD which is requirement. Should you test positive PPD a copy of the placement and read dates is required and a copy of a chest x-ray result within one year. This evaluation is require by NYS Public Health Law to promote safety and well-being of our patients and our staff.
     
  • Background Check/Security: All volunteer applicants 18 and over will need complete a background check. A national criminal and out of state search will also be conducted by The Department of Volunteer Services.
     
  • Orientation: Once all documentation is completed, the Department of Volunteer Services will call the volunteer to reserve a seat for the mandatory orientation. You will complete an orientation before starting your volunteer assignment. The orientation will cover hospital guidelines, regulations, policies & procedures as they pertain to your volunteer placement. You will also complete an orientation with the area to which you are assigned within 30 days from start.
     
  • Attendance: Volunteers are expected to meet their commitments to their schedule service hours. Supervisors must be notified of any absences in advance or as soon as possible. The Department of Volunteer Services should be notified of any extensive absences. After 3 consecutive unexcused absences without notification, the supervisor and/or Department of Volunteer Services reserve the right to terminate the volunteer. All volunteers must sign- in and –out when reporting to service at the volunteer kiosk. Failure to do so will result in service hours not being recorded.

Greeter and navigator program

The Greeter welcomes and assist patients, their families and visitors entering the hospital. Volunteers working in this capacity answer questions, provide information and navigate visitors/patients to their destination while creating an atmosphere in the hospital that is caring and efficient. Also, provide basic needs to our patients within the Emergency Department such as distributing blankets and pillows.

Pastoral care program

SIUH Pastoral Care Program strives to meet the various spiritual and religious needs of our patients. Administered by our Board-Certified Chaplain, our Pastoral Care Program serves all denominations and faiths, including people who are not affiliated with any faith.

Ordained clergy are on premises most days, and on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our Chaplain or one of our pastoral care volunteers will be happy to visit you and, if you wish, contact your clergy or members of your congregation.

Bibles, prayer cards, inspirational booklets and support services are available on request. Prayer and chapel services are held in our chapel, and accommodations for larger assemblages are provided. A schedule of services is available on request.

If you would like to speak to the Chaplain or a Pastoral Care volunteer, please notify a member of the nursing staff.

Gift shop program

Greet and serve customers at the SIUH North and SIUH South campus. Responsibilities also include assist with sales, stocking shelves and delivering flowers and cards to patient rooms

Physical therapy program

Volunteers will assist the therapist and rehabilitation personnel in departmental functions. Volunteers are an asset to the Rehabilitation Medicine Department. The volunteer is directly supervised by the therapist or other rehabilitation personnel when performing general tasks.

Pet therapy program

Our partner with Luv on a Leash allows volunteers, whose dogs are qualified with an approved therapy dog organization, to engage with patients and staff throughout the hospital. Must be 18 years or older to participate and able to commit to at least two visits per month.  

Musicians on call program

One of the newest programs is music therapy, which includes Musicians On Call, a volunteer organization founded in 1999 that brings music directly to the bedside. We believe that music is important on many levels: It gives us the opportunity to express our emotions and a safe place to have laughter, to a full range of emotions. It’s a holistic interaction with an interest in the person as a human being and a music lover – not as a patient.