Emergency Department Liaisons
Responsible for greeting and escorting new patients to Registration and/or Triage area. Will act as a liaison between family members in the waiting room and staff – and the patient in the treatment area. Volunteers will also escort family members to the patient being treated when appropriate, while acting as an ambassador of ACMH!
Do you have a wonderful dog or cat that you know would make a patient feel better just to be around? Pre-screened pets that are well behaved, have up-to-date shot records and vet exams, and are approved by the certified occupational therapy assistant are scheduled to visit on the Skilled Nursing Unit, the Acute Care Unit, and the Psychiatric Unit.
If you are trying to decide on a health career choice, volunteering in Physical Therapy will give you first-hand knowledge of exactly what a therapist does. Although a volunteer cannot treat a patient in any way, you can observe the therapist at work, run errands, bring patients to the gym for therapy treatments, and help out as needed.
Service Areas w/o Patient Contact
Volunteering at the Gift Shop cash register will keep you busy for your entire shift. This is a great place to work if you are a “people person” and enjoy the hustle and bustle of a popular cafe atmosphere. You will be taught to operate the cash register, and you may help with basic merchandising duties.
Volunteer Office Assistants
There are opportunities in several hospital departments for those who enjoy polishing their clerical skills. Many tasks involve filing, and computer knowledge is helpful but certainly not necessary to help in any of these areas.
Anyone who wants to combine volunteering with keeping fit is invited to work with an experienced volunteer to learn the hospital courier route. Interdepartmental mail is picked up and delivered by courier cart from department to department throughout ACMH. Volunteers typically cover 3-4 miles in a regular four-hour shift.
The auxiliary has an elected board of directors and monthly meetings, as well as a spring meeting and election of officers and a fall meeting for the general membership. Auxiliary membership offers the opportunity to fulfill personal leadership goals by serving as an elected officer or holding a service chairperson position. Officers and chairpersons attend board meetings, help with special projects, guide new volunteers, and help implement changes and improvements in their service areas.
Auxilians also have the opportunity to attend regional and state auxiliary conferences and to rise to leadership positions at these levels.
Volunteer Scholarship Award
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Up to four $1,000 scholarships may be awarded annually to eligible ACMH volunteer who have served the hospital:
- The applicant must have been accepted to a school for healthcare education; or
- Is currently enrolled in college or an accredited health career related program.
- The applicant must have given at least 100 hours of volunteer service at ACMH.
- High school seniors must enclose a copy of a letter of acceptance from a school of advanced education. College students must enclose proof of college enrollment.
- A copy of current transcript.
- An essay to read where you volunteered, how you benefited from the program and any suggestion on how you believe the program could improve.
- The applicant must submit two letters of reference (teacher, community, or professional references; excludes family members).
- The scholarship winners will be selected by a Scholarship Selection Committee composed of three auxiliary members and a representative of the Volunteer Services Department.
- The Scholarship Selection Committee will consider the following:
- Applicant’s volunteer commitment to volunteerism and their ACMH volunteer attendance record
- Scholastic standing
- Performance evaluation by the volunteer’s supervisor or other staff
- Recommendation of school guidance counselor
- Applicant’s involvement in school and community activities
- The completed application and all letters of reference must be turned into the Volunteer Services Department by May 15 of each academic year.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Auxiliary only for women?
No. Both men and women are active volunteers in the organization and hold leadership positions within the Auxiliary.
How many hours a week do volunteers work?
A volunteer shift is typically 3-4 hours long. Shifts may be from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., from 12 to 4 p.m., or from 4-7 p.m., depending on where you volunteer. Volunteers often choose to work more than one shift a week.
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
The minimum age for a junior volunteer is 14 years old.
How do I become a volunteer?
The first step is to complete the application form. Then contact the volunteer office at 724-543-8142 to schedule an appointment to discuss volunteer opportunities, to receive your volunteer jacket, and to set up a time to begin this exciting new part of your life. All volunteers are members of the hospital auxiliary.
Do I have to wear special clothes to volunteer?
Volunteers wear distinctive tops in a “business casual” manner that identify you as ACMH Hospital volunteers. Adults have red jackets, vests, cobbler aprons, or polo shirts with an embroidered logo, and junior volunteers wear royal blue polo shirts. Everyone is issued a photo ID badge.