Hammond-Henry Hospital

Junior Volunteer Program

The purpose of the junior volunteer program at Hammond-Henry Hospital is to provide extra help for patients and staff and allow students to observe the many types of employment available in a hospital. Junior Volunteers also gain experience in a work setting.

Requirements

Junior volunteers may be young men and women entering the eighth grade or older as of the school year of 2017-18. Volunteers must be interested in working with people and being in a hospital setting. Teens must be available to volunteer 2-4 hours/week during the summer.

Training

Before beginning volunteer work, all students are required to go through an orientation that covers: infection control, attitude, behavior in a hospital, fire safety, and wheelchair usage. Youth must also be mature enough to sign and follow requirements of Hammond-Henry Hospital's confidentiality agreement. Junior volunteers must attend one of the following orientation/training sessions: Wednesday, May 31 (9 a.m. - 12 noon), Thursday, June 1 (9 a.m. - 12 noon), Friday, June 2 (9 a.m. - 12 noon), or Wednesday, June 14 (9 a.m. - 12 noon). Teens who volunteered last year may attend a review session on Tuesday, May 30 (1 p.m. - 3 p.m.) in the place of the orientation times.

Orientation sessions will be held in the first floor conference room (near the East Entrance) at Hammond-Henry Hospital.

Uniforms and Name tags

The hospital is a professional workplace and Junior volunteers are required to follow the hospital appearance code. Students are asked to purchase a polo shirt ($10 paid by the students - the remainder paid by Hammond-Henry.) Usually teens wear slacks (khakis) or capris. Girls may also wear skirts. No jeans or shorts are allowed. Flip-flops are not allowed. Sandals may be worn but must be worn with socks. (Wearing socks or hose in patient care areas is Illinois Health Department policy.) Name tags are provided by the hospital. Name tags must be worn whenever students are volunteering in the hospital. 

Schedules

Summer volunteer hours are from 9 - 11 a.m., 10 - 12 noon, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. or 6 - 8 p.m. Generally, teens volunteer once a week. The Junior Volunteer program will begin the week of June 6 and continue through August 12 (10 weeks). Junior volunteers need to be aware that volunteering is a serious commitment and they are expected to be here when they are scheduled. Accommodations can be made for family and school activities.

Duties

A junior volunteer’s main duty is to assist in departments with tasks such as: delivering water, juice and mail, interacting with residents in Long Term Care, playing cards, bingo, dominoes, or other activities. Other assistance is requested by departments, such as help with preparing mailings or patient materials, filing, information desk, etc. Junior volunteers who are in the 10th grade or older may be trained as couriers, making interoffice deliveries.

Hammond-Henry Hospital - Volunteer
600 North College Avenue
Phone: (309) 944-9130
Email: volunteer@hammondhenry.com