Volunteering at Kadlec

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Please note that onboarding of new volunteers is limited because of COVID-19.

If you are interested in volunteering at Kadlec, please fill out a volunteer application online, or send us an email if you have any questions or would like to learn more about the various volunteer opportunities at Kadlec.

Students seeking volunteer hours for program entry requirements: learn more.

Volunteering Requirements

  • In order to become a volunteer at Kadlec, applicants are required to commit to one four-hour shift per week, for a total of 100 hours (or six months).
  • New volunteers will undergo a background check, a health screening (including a TB test) and volunteer orientation training prior to volunteering.
  • Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

Why Volunteer?

  • Help Other People: Sense of Purpose
  • Social: Gain lifelong friendships, Meet new people
  • Experience: Gain New Skills and Knowledge
  • Career: Improve Career Prospects
  • Self-Improvement: Express and develop your values

Other perks: Annual volunteer appreciation gift, one free meal during your volunteer shift.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Volunteer Music Program

    Kadlec's Volunteer Music Program was established in spring 2003 to create an atmosphere that provides a calm and uplifting experience for our patients, visitors and employees. We encourage a soothing environment to promote healing and wellness through music. Each musical performance is enjoyed by those in our lobby.

    If you are interested in participating, please fill out a volunteer application form online and send a in a short, 2- to 5-minute video or audio clip of you playing your musical instrument by email.

  • Pet Therapy Program

    In order to apply for the pet therapy volunteer program at Kadlec, your therapy pet must first be registered through either Pet Partners or Love on a Leash. Dogs, cats, rabbits, and guinea pigs are all eligible species for the Pet Therapy Program, so long as they are registered with one of the above organizations.

    For more information on getting your pet registered as a therapy animal, please visit the Pet Partners or Love on a Leash websites.

    Once your pet is registered, email us for next steps.

  • Comfort Cart Champions

    Opportunities available Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Comfort cart champions are volunteers who ensure comfort carts on each unit are well stocked with comfort items (eye masks, headphones, books, etc.). Additionally, they may visit patients to offer them items from the cart.

  • Volunteer Services Office Assistant

    Opportunities available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday

    Support the volunteer services supervisor and volunteers by working on various projects including mailings, data entry, reminder phone calls, scheduling and much more.

  • Patient Escorting

    Opportunities available 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday

    Assist access monitors with escorting patients and visitors, and delivering items to patients, while ensuring excellent customer service. 

  • Emergency Room Volunteers

    Opportunities available 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday

    Assists check-in nurse with stocking, escorting and greeting visitors and patients while providing excellent customer service to all.

  • Hospital Gift Shop Assistant

    Opportunities available 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

    Provide a customer friendly gift shop experience for patients, hospital visitors and hospital staff.

  • Meditation Garden Volunteers

    Opportunities available Monday through Sunday. Total time spent is usually about an hour each time.

    Care for the meditation garden plants to provide a tranquil setting for the renewal for patients, visitors and staff.

  • Mail Volunteers

    Opportunities available Monday (two shifts) 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:15 to 3 p.m., and Tuesday through Friday 12:30 to 3 p.m.

    Provide pick-up and delivery of postal and in-house mail.

  • ICU Volunteers

    Opportunities available 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday

    Assist caregivers in the ICU by restocking supplies and removing expired supplies from the supply carts.

  • Kadlec Creations

    Opportunities available on Thursday mornings from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Make hand-crafted and sewn items that have been approved by the gift shop coordinator and/or the volunteer services supervisor.

  • Hospital Sewing

    Opportunities available on Tuesday mornings from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Sewing comfort pillows and heart pillows for Kadlec patients, assisting with modifications or repairs of common items such as laundry bags or uniforms.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does everyone who applies to volunteer get accepted?

    No. Applicants are screened appropriately and interviewed prior to being onboarded as a Kadlec volunteer.

  • Does it cost money to be a volunteer?

    The auxiliary volunteers, who make up a large percentage of Kadlec volunteers, do charge $10 annually in membership dues to cover the cost of uniforms and administrative supplies.

  • How long does it take to become a Kadlec volunteer?

    Most of the time the process takes about two to four weeks. However, certain areas require more or less time depending on if additional training is needed, etc.

  • What if I don't like the area I end up in?

    No problem! Just let the volunteer services supervisor know and she can help you find a service area that aligns with your interests.

  • What is the time commitment?

    We ask that volunteers serve for at least 100 hours, or six months with one volunteer shift a week (shifts typically four hours).

  • Who will train and evaluate me?

    Each service area has a volunteer leader called the service chair, who trains, evaluates and schedules volunteers in that area.