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Volunteers at GBMC

Greater Giving for the Greater Good

Since its founding, GBMC has been fortunate to attract dedicated, committed volunteers who work throughout the medical center, serving as support to the hospital staff and as advocates and friends of the patients. With more than 500 active volunteers annually who provide over 90,000 hours of service each year, GBMC has a large and productive volunteer program.

GBMC Volunteers participate in both fund-raising and service. This unique partnership of collective talents and skills has resulted in significant capital contributions to the entire GBMC organization focused on patient care.

Steps to becoming a volunteer

Health Requirements mandatory to Volunteer at GBMC:

Proof of Immunity to the following:
  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • Hepatitis B (may decline)
  • Annual Flu Vaccine
  • TDAP Vaccine
  • COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Test for TB within the last year
If you have any questions, please contact Volunteer Services for clarification, 443-849-2050.

Who qualifies for the Traditional Adult Program?
  • Individuals who have the commitment to volunteer year over year
  • Students or Individuals transitioning to a healthcare career, please apply thru the College Program below.
Learn about the Traditional Adult Program and view the application
Who qualifies for the College Program?
  • Recent High School graduates who will be attending college in the next semester
  • Undergraduates
  • College graduates preparing for graduate school (e.g. gap year and career transitions)
Learn about the College Program and view the application
Who qualifies for the High School Program?
  • Students who are 16 years of age by July 1
  • Students who have completed 10th grade
  • Graduating High School students should apply to the College Program
Learn about the High School Program and view the application
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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a volunteer at GBMC?
The process involves three steps—(1) application, (2) interview, and (3) mandatory requirements. Learn more about each step and how you can become a volunteer.

What types of volunteer positions are available?
GBMC offers three volunteer programs—one for adults for year-round involvement, one for college students, and another for high school students during the summer months. All offer a full range of volunteer positions from direct patient assistance to non-patient responsibilities. Learn more about our programs.

What qualifications do I need to become a volunteer?
GBMC volunteers possess a commitment and desire to share their time, skills, and abilities to help others. Traditional Adult Volunteer members must be at least 18 years old and able to commit at least four hours each week for a year. College students must commit at least four hours each week. High School students who are 16 and have completed the 10th grade can apply for the summer volunteer program. All volunteers must possess the necessary skills and abilities to work independently and perform the functions to which they are assigned.

Are there policies and/or regulations that I must adhere to as a volunteer?
Beginning at interview through orientation, you will become fully acquainted with the policies and regulations with which volunteers must comply. Annually, all active volunteers are required to complete written compliance tests, sign a confidentiality agreement, get a seasonal flu shot and participate in an assessment review based on regulations enforced by GBMC and set by its regulatory agencies.

What attracts prospective volunteers to GBMC and why do they stay?
We are very proud that GBMC's volunteers serve more than 90,000 hours of service each year, and many volunteers have provided decades of continuous service to the hospital. We often hear from our volunteers that the qualities that attracted them to GBMC and keep them here are as follows: our diverse volunteering opportunities and the overall friendly culture instilled throughout the hospital.

Do I need to pay for parking when I volunteer?
No, volunteers do not pay to park at GBMC.

What if an illness or other reasons prevent me from coming in on my assigned volunteer days?
You will need to contact the supervisor in your assigned area to notify him/her of your absence. This should be handled very promptly as a substitute may be required in your absence depending on the area affected.

What if I need to take a leave of absence from my volunteer position for an extended time due to illness or other reasons?
You need to notify your assigned supervisor and the Volunteer Services Office with the dates of your absence. If you have been on a medical leave of absence, verification from your physician that you are able to resume your volunteer duties is required.

If you are absent for 2 or more years, you may be required to attend an orientation session prior to returning to your volunteer role to bring you up to date on any new policies and/or procedures that may have been implemented during your absence. Please contact Volunteer Services for more information.
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