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Become a Volunteer

We welcome you to join us in helping to serve our patients, their loved ones and the professional staff who care for them. Being a volunteer at Lowell General Hospital is a commitment, but one that is met with many rewards.

About Our Program

At Lowell General Hospital, we do not have summer programs or shadow programs. We instead focus on long-term opportunities which give each volunteer a chance to dive deep into the healthcare experience. This approach allows volunteers to build relationships with staff, learn about different careers in healthcare and finish the program with an enriching experience that lasts a life time.

Program Requirements

Each volunteer accepted into the program must agree to complete our medical clearance requirements and hospital orientation which includes:

  • Commitment to volunteer one day a week (3-4 hours per shift) for a minimum of 100 hours.The program usually takes 8-12 months to complete; however, volunteers are always welcome to continue with us beyond the 100 hours.
  • Proof of required immunizations, mandatory flu shot, TB test, criminal background check and hospital and department specific orientation.

Volunteer Areas

An interview and an assessment of your skills and interests will help our Volunteer Services team find a place that is right for you. Below are some of the opportunities for volunteers:

  • Transport: work with Transport Department within the hospital.
  • The Gift Shop: help patients, visitors and staff choose that perfect gift or a forgotten but much needed item. The profits from the gift shop, staffed by volunteers, go to the Lowell General Hospital Auxiliary annual gift fund and benefit the entire hospital by going toward the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Information Desk/Concierge Services: help to simplify the maze of information and locations inherent in hospital settings and direct or escort patients and visitors to their destinations.
  • Patient Experience Ambassador- Inpatient or Emergency Department: help our professional nursing staff to focus on nursing duties by assisting with non-nursing aspects of patient care. By responding to needs that are non-clinical, you can help to better meet the needs of our patients and their loved ones, while enabling our nursing team to do what they do best - nursing. 
  • Clerical Staff: help many departments to respond to patients' needs in a timely fashion by assisting with non-urgent clerical duties, making telephone calls and so forth.
  • Hospital Auxiliary: the Lowell General Hospital Auxiliary develops programs and relationships in the community to encourage financial support for Lowell General Hospital. The Auxiliary is a group of volunteers who are interested in organizing and running fundraising events and activities that benefit the hospital.
  • Dietary Aide Volunteers: help our dietary staff with many aspects of dietary function. Delivering trays to patient rooms, assist with minor meal preparation, stocking materials and maintaining the cafeteria plus much more.

How to Get Started

College Students/Senior Volunteers (volunteers 18 years or older)

  • Call our office at 978-937-6280 to see if any volunteer positions are currently open and to schedule an interview.
  • Download the Adult Volunteer Application. Bring this completed form with you on your interview.
  • Once approved, you will need to complete all required medical clearance and trainings mentioned above.

Student Volunteers (volunteers must be 15 years or older and have completed the first year of high school to be eligible)

  • The student program requires a commitment of one day a week for a total of 100 hours, usually taking one year to complete*
  • Call the office at 978-937-6280 to inquire or register for an upcoming student orientation, which is usually done twice a year. Space is limited due to the high volume of interested students.
  • Download the Student Volunteer Application. Bring this completed form with you on your interview.

* Please note that our student volunteer program is an after-school program. Most of the openings are Monday through Thursday from 3:00-5:00pm or 4:00-7:00pm.

 

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