UNC Health Southeastern Volunteer Program
There is perhaps no greater gift than giving your time and talents to help others. At UNC Health Southeastern, volunteers play an important role by adding a personal touch to interactions with patients, loved ones and visitors. We value our volunteers and their commitment to our organization!
What is Volunteering and Why Should I Volunteer?
Volunteering is “voluntarily” giving of your time to help a cause or organization. Volunteering has many benefits. One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together. It allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. As a volunteer, you have an opportunity to meet new people, try something new, stay active, enjoy social interactions with others, and bring a smile to the faces of those going through a difficult time. Whatever your reason may be, volunteering can have a positive impact on your life and can also have a great impact on others.
Requirements and Considerations Before Applying To Volunteer
- Must be able to commit to a minimum of six months of service.
- Must be dependable and have great communication skills.
- Must receive a flu vaccine and TB skin test annually.
- Be able to communicate well in English (second language skills are a plus).
- Processing time for applications can take between 1-2 weeks.
- Please be aware that we do not accept applications for court ordered community service hours.
- If seeking for employment in our organization, please visit our website srmc.org and search “Careers.” Volunteering will not guarantee you employment.
- If you are a college student needing an internship or hours for a class, please contact the Human Resources Department at (910) 521-5071.
Comprehensive testing, training and orientation are provided for each of our applicants. As a result, we ask for a significant commitment from our volunteers.
The process to become an adult volunteer is as follows:
- Complete an online application or a paper application which may be picked up from the front desk in the bed tower lobby or from the volunteer office. This application includes a criminal background check authorization form. It must be filled out completely.
- Complete an in-person interview.
- Be willing and able to make a commitment to volunteer for a minimum four hours a month for a minimum of six months.
- Complete a tuberculosis screening and medical screening.
- Complete an orientation packet.
Additional Volunteer Benefits
In addition to your free annual flu shot and TB skin test, you will also receive:
- One free meal during your volunteer time.
- Recognition at our annual volunteer banquet and receive a certificate for service.
Volunteering vs. Internship
An internship is work that you take on in order to learn more about a given profession. An intern generally works under the tutelage of someone who is knowledgeable in the field and is qualified to give guidance—a one-on-one learning experience. If interested in an internship or job shadowing, please contact Human Resources at (910) 671-5281.
This year-round program is for anyone 18 years of age or older. As an adult volunteer, we are able to provide you with a flexible schedule that works well for you and our organizational needs.
This six-week summer program is for young adults between the ages of 14-18 who meet certain qualifications.
The requirements are that the student must be 14 years old by May 1st of the summer they wish to volunteer and will be entering the 9th grade or higher at the beginning of the school year. New junior volunteer applicants will need to apply and will have an interview. The number of open junior volunteer slots each summer is dependent upon how many former junior volunteers are returning and how many open slots we have based on the volunteer needs of the organization. We do not have junior volunteer opportunities during the school year. Additional information about the junior volunteer program and the application will be available in March of each year.
How much time do I have to commit to volunteering with UNC Health Southeastern?
There are a variety of days and times available for our adult volunteers. Some volunteers serve as little as four hours every other week, while others volunteer up to 20 hours a week. To be a volunteer, we require a minimum of a six month commitment to our volunteer program. Hours are available to fit your lifestyle and training is provided.