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Volunteer FAQs

Does every applicant automatically get a volunteer position?
No. We have a high volume of applicants and multiple applicants are reviewed for each opening. After the screening and interview process, the most qualified applicant is chosen for each position.

How long does it take to become a volunteer?
Your first step to becoming a volunteer is to read our Become a Volunteer page and decide what volunteer Track is applicable. You may then email or call us to see if we are scheduling interviews at this time. Once interviewed and accepted into the program, it can still take upwards of 45 days to begin.

I am only available during the summer, can I volunteer for the summer months only?
Lowell General Hospital has a required commitment of 6-12 months depending on the track. We do not accept volunteers for our summer months only. We instead focus on a longer commitment which gives each volunteer a more enriching experience while building relationships and contacts within the hospital.

Does the hospital offer internships?
We’re sorry but we do not participate in internships required your college or high school.

Can I do a job shadow?
Lowell General Hospital does not offer observational job shadows.

May teenagers volunteer?
Lowell General Hospital runs a Junior Track for teens 15-18 years of age. This program has a wait list. More information is under “ Our Tracks” section on the Become a Volunteer page. 

Can I do my school required community service at Lowell General Hospital?
School mandated community service hours can be requested by applying to volunteer in one of our Tracks. However, our minimum hourly commitment must be met before documentation of service can be provided. *Please note we have a wait list for many of our volunteer Tracks which can delay volunteer interviewing.

May I volunteer more than one shift per week or longer than the minimum total requirement?
This depends on your volunteer Track. In our Junior Track we are only able to give one shift per volunteer. In our College and Adult Tracks we ask that you begin with one shift per week and if you are consistent with your attendance and still interested in volunteering more hours, you may discuss adding more hours with our staff.

What medical information will I need to show to be a volunteer?
All new volunteers will be informed about our medical clearance process during the interview. You will be asked to provide documentation of completed MMR vaccinations, varicella vaccinations or history of chicken pox, a flu vaccine during the flu (winter) season, and have a Tuberculosis skin test within the last 12 months.

Will I need a flu shot to volunteer?
Yes, Lowell General Hospital requires all staff and volunteers to have a flu vaccine during flu season.

Can I volunteer as a CNA or phlebotomist?
No, volunteers cannot provide medical care to patients. However we do have volunteer roles that will allow you to interact in a patient care environment even if you cannot utilize your specific skills in those areas.

Can I volunteer in the Operating Room?
No volunteers are allowed in the operating rooms.

I want to be a baby cuddler, do you have that program?
We have limited opportunities in our Pediatric Unit. We do have an On-Call Cuddler role which means once you interviewed, accepted into our program and completely cleared to volunteer at Lowell General Hospital, you are put on a list of cuddlers and if an opportunity to help comes about, staff will call down the list to see who is available to come in. It is not a regular weekly shift, and sometimes weeks can go by without a need, or just a few days. We limit our list to just a handful of volunteers because this opportunity is so limited. For information on this program and to see about being put on the wait list please call the volunteer office at 978-937-6280.

I have a group that wants to volunteer for a day. Can we do that at Lowell General Hospital?
Because of patient privacy laws and infection control issues we typically cannot accommodate these types of requests.

I am “between jobs” and want to volunteer while I’m looking for a new position. Is this possible? 
If your primary goal is to find employment immediately we ask that you wait to apply until you have secured your next position before volunteering. Given that we request a 6-12 month commitment, it is likely that your availability will change significantly during that time period if you are hired in a new job. Should your new schedule allow time to volunteer, please apply at that time.

Learn more about our Volunteer Services program and check out our Current Volunteer Openings

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