Volunteer Programs

GBMC Offers It All! 

At GBMC, our volunteers are an extension of our hospital staff and provide support throughout the hospital.  To ensure that we have secured the right opportunities for the right people, we are committed to matching the skills and talents of prospective volunteers to the needs of the hospital.  GBMC offers three distinct volunteer programs -- one for adults interested in year-round opportunities, a college program for students interested in devoting time during a school semester and a summer high school program.  Please be aware that this is a selective process; we are unable to accept every applicant.

These programs offer a full range of volunteering options from direct patient interaction* to non-patient responsibilities.  For instance, GBMC volunteers assist new patients entering the Medical Center and help patients upon discharge.  Some volunteers assist our medical unit staffs, act as liaisons for patients and their families during their hospital stay, or perform administrative and clerical tasks.  Other volunteers lead fund-raising projects and events such as our Nearly New sales or our Auxiliary-sponsored sales; some provide customer service in GBMC's Gift Shop or lend their expertise in our Boutique, while others share their artistic talents in flower arranging or offer spiritual support and emotional reassurance to patients and their families facing life's challenges.

Most opportunities are during business hours Monday through Friday.

Adult Program

This program is for adults who are willing to commit at least four hours each week for a minimum of a year.  There are several active volunteers who have been volunteering at GBMC since the doors were opened in 1965!  This adult program has approximately 250 adults who have volunteered at GBMC for over 5 years.  We would love to have you join this group.

College Student Program

GBMC welcomes college students destined for healthcare careers into clinical volunteer roles within the hospital. These include service positions supporting post anesthesia care units, outpatient clinics, physical and occupational therapy and hospital inpatient units.

College volunteers have successfully used their hours at GBMC to support graduate school applications.

 Reality vs. Expectations

  • College volunteers are expected to come for 4-hour shifts, same time and day week over week.
  • College volunteers are expected to volunteer for a minimum of 40 hours per assignment per semester.
    • Please consider academic and work schedules before applying. Students working more than 20 hours per week and/or carrying more than a 15 credit academic load with labs find it difficult to successfully give 40 hours. Trying to do so may be stressful for you and leads to an unsatisfactory volunteer experience.
  • Hospital volunteering is highly regulated. Consequently, there are a number of steps needed to become a volunteer. These include an application, interview, health requirements, background check and orientation. Volunteer Services will guide you through all of these requirements.

 Begin the process by applying!

Because this program runs on a semester-by-semester basis, the application periods are scheduled to occur just prior to the beginning of each semester.

  • Fall: July 1 to mid-August
  • Winter: no applications
  • Spring: December 1 to mid-January
  • Summer: April 1 to mid-May

Please click here for the online application. (Please note, this link will be disabled outside of the dates published above.)

High School Student Summer Program

GBMC has offered high school students the opportunity to participate in its student volunteer program for many years.  Students must be at least 15 years old and completed the 9th grade in order to volunteer in the summer program.  Student volunteers gain documented community service hours required for graduation in a positive healthcare setting.  High school students volunteer a total of 60 hours; they volunteer 3 days a week, 4 hours a day for at least 5 weeks over a 7 week period.  High school students must request a packet by May 1 to be eligible for the summer program; informational packets are mailed in the spring.

I'm interested, now what? 

The first step is to contact GBMC's Volunteer Services Office at 443-849-2050 and request an application packet. If we are not available when you call, you can leave a message with your name and address (please spell), your phone number and the appropriate program: adult or high school.  (College students: please see above for details on applying through e-mail.) To read about what's next, click here to view the Three Steps to Becoming a Volunteer.


"My volunteering experience allows me to work with a fun and diverse group of people and provides the opportunity to learn new skills."

* Due to guidelines set by healthcare regulatory agencies, patient care duties are limited; however, many assignments include patient interaction.


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