It has been said that a volunteer is a person who remembers to do the things that makes others happy, a person who takes the loneliness out of those who are lonely, a person who is concerned when others are unconcerned.
Erlanger Baroness Auxiliary
The Erlanger Auxiliary started the volunteer tradition in 1934 after Mrs. Richard Kimball visited the hospital and found nurses washing linens in tin tubs. She immediately started asking churches and civic groups for help recruiting volunteers and dollars to fund much needed equipment and supplies.
Some of the Auxiliary’s earliest contributions were to run errands for patients, mend worn linens and write letters, but they soon extended their effort to fundraising. In 1950, the Auxiliary purchased a station wagon to help transport nurses to the hospital and T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital patients to Erlanger for therapy. (At that time, T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital was some distance from Erlanger. It is now a part of the Baroness Campus.) The Auxiliary also began a new service of taking pictures of newborns.
Today, the Auxiliary operates the Erlanger Gift Shop on the Baroness Campus and conducts numerous other fundraising activities throughout the year in order to provide many valuable services and much-needed equipment to Erlanger.
Auxiliary members also give thousands of hours of their valuable time and talents to Erlanger each year. Whether they’re cuddling babies in the NICU, delivering flowers to patients’ rooms or greeting family members at the information desk, volunteers are often the first smiling face to someone in need. In fact, the Auxiliary is the only volunteer group whose sole organizational concern is Erlanger Health System and its patients.
Would you like to be a part of this strong and caring adult volunteer group? Please take a look at the many wonderful volunteer opportunities as well as the requirements listed below and apply online.
Service Learning College Volunteer Program
Erlanger’s Service Learning College Volunteer Program gives college students experience in our real-life classrooms here at Erlanger Health System.
With volunteer opportunities available in both clinical and non-clinical areas, students of many fields of study, including nursing, pre-med, allied health, business administration and accounting, will learn valuable skills and insights by learning about the many rewarding healthcare careers.
Along with the requirements listed below, participants must commit to volunteering at least four hours once a week for at least two consecutive semesters.
If you are currently enrolled in college and would like to participate in this program, please read about the various volunteer opportunities and apply online.
Requirements and Benefits
- Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. (Please look below for information about our summer VolunTEEN program for students between the ages of 15 and 18.)
- Applicants will be interviewed by the Volunteer Services staff and by the department(s) to which they apply.
- Reference checks, backgrounds checks, TB skin tests and proof of immunizations are all required before becoming a volunteer.
- Applicants must complete volunteer orientation, which includes HIPAA training.
- Volunteers must receive annual TB skin tests and flu vaccines.
- The volunteer uniform shirt is $20. If this cost is a hardship, please let us know.
- Adult volunteers not enrolled in college must commit to giving at least four hours of their time at least once a week for a minimum of six months.
- College student volunteers must commit to giving at least four hours of their time at least once a week for a minimum of two consecutive semesters.
- Volunteers serving on either the Baroness or Erlanger East campuses will receive a complimentary meal plan.
- Volunteers will receive free parking. This is available on all Erlanger campuses.
- Senior volunteers will receive reserved parking on the Baroness Campus.
Every summer at Erlanger, around 150 local high school students between the ages of 15 and 18 serve their community in a safe and educational environment.
Both clinical and non-clinical areas are open to the VolunTEENS, giving them a chance to help others, to see what a hospital is all about, and, for many, to confirm their aspirations to pursue a career in medicine.
The program currently runs from June through July and is highly competitive. Applications are available in March.
Other Ways to Volunteer
We always appreciate your help here at Erlanger Health System. Whether you are a group or an individual, here are some ongoing projects that require only a giving heart:
Work at our Special Events
Contribute to our Child Life Wish List
For more volunteer opportunities please contact Emilia Jones, Volunteer Services Manager, at 423-778-7892 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult volunteers will be interviewed by the Volunteer Services Manager and the department(s) to which they apply and will also be required to have a flu shot, TB skin test, reference and background check, and HIPAA training, which are all provided by Erlanger Volunteer Services. Volunteers must also purchase the volunteer uniform shirt at $20. (If this cost is prohibitive, please let us know.) Each day of work, volunteers will receive free parking and a meal credit at Erlanger's Cross Roads Cafe.
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