Greater Giving for the Greater GoodSince its founding, GBMC has been fortunate to attract dedicated, committed volunteers who work throughout the Health System, serving as support to the hospital staff and as advocates and friends of the patients. GBMC has one of the largest and most productive volunteer service programs in the country, with more than 800 active volunteers who provide more than 100,000 hours of work each year.
A Winning Combination
When asked what makes GBMC's volunteer program so successful, the answer is quite simple. It's a winning combination of highly motivated volunteers and diverse volunteer opportunities from direct patient and non-patient involvement, from fundraising to expedient and professional volunteer interviewing, training, and orientation processes. The overall friendly, service-excellence culture instilled throughout the GBMC organization.
The range of volunteers' expertise, abilities, and skills is one of the keys to our success that enables our staff to focus on the critical needs of the hospital. From our Lobby Escorts/Greeters at the front desk who assist new patients, to the women and men who help patients upon discharge, GBMC volunteers provide services in more than 86 areas throughout the hospital.
Whether our volunteers choose to lend their assistance in direct patient involvement, partial or non-patient contact, each volunteer's contribution brings added value to the hospital's service to its patients and their families and friends.
From Service to Fundraising
Unlike other volunteer programs in healthcare organizations, GBMC combines both its auxiliary/fundraising and service volunteers, which allows all active volunteers to participate in fundraising events. This unique partnership of collective talents and skills has resulted in producing significant amounts of capital contributions that are allocated directly to the hospital.
GBMC fundraisers supported by our volunteers include the Auxiliary-Sponsored Sales, the hospital's semi-annual Nearly New Sale, and other special events held throughout the year. We are proud to state that proceeds from these sales and events have exceeded more than $500,000 annually, which is entirely pledged to many areas throughout GBMC from the The Sandra & Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute and Gilchrist Hospice Care to Women's Health programs and the Neonatal Care Unit.
Our volunteers make a real difference! Call us at 443-849-2050 if you have any questions or would like to join our volunteer team.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The process involves three steps — (1) application, (2) interview, and (3) mandatory requirements. Click here to 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 during a semester 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. Click here to learn more about our volunteer 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. Adult volunteer members must be at least 18 years old and able to commit at least four hours each week. College students must be at least 18 years old and commit at least four hours each week for a full semester. High school students who have completed the 9th 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?
At the orientation session, you will become fully acquainted with the policies and regulations with which volunteers must comply. On an annual basis, 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 upon compliance regulations enforced by GBMC and set by its regulatory agencies. Volunteers with patient contact must also have an annual TB test.
What attracts prospective volunteers to GBMC and why do they stay?
We are very proud that GBMC's volunteers serve more than 100,000 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, the professionalism and detail related to the volunteer interviewing, training and orientation processes, and the overall friendly culture and service excellence practices instilled throughout the hospital.
Do I need to pay for parking when I volunteer?
No, volunteers do not pay to park at GBMC; a parking pass is provided for your interview.
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 simply need to notify your assigned department and the Volunteer Services Department with the dates of your absence.
How do I reinstate my active volunteer status once I am able to return from a leave of absence?
You will need to contact the Volunteer Services Department and inform us of your date to return. 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.
Depending on the length of your absence, 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. Additionally, if you are beyond the compliance dates of your TB and/or safety tests, or other compliance issues, you will need to satisfy these requirements prior to returning to your volunteer position.