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Volunteer Services

65 James Street

(732) 321-7083

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Volunteer opportunities are available Monday to Sunday and Holidays from 8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Volunteering: The Time Of Your Life!

Volunteers are a vital part of our healthcare team here at Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Medical Center. Each year, they donate thousands of hours to the Medical Center, providing services that will benefit our patients and help make their stay more comfortable. We need your help not only to continue our current activities, but also to extend services to meet the changing needs of our new healthcare environment.

If you have time to spare and enjoy helping others, then volunteering is for you! Volunteerism offers something for everyone.

HMH JFK Medical Center's Volunteer Program welcomes men and women of all ages. Volunteers can be retired, employed, students, local residents and individuals from surrounding communities. These uncommon people have one common purpose - they are dedicated to helping others. Volunteers need no special training to get involved. Special talents and personal schedules are matched to the hospital's needs. Most volunteers donate one-time slot of four hours per week; however, additional hours are always welcome.

 

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

  • Submit a health questionnaire and medical forms from a physician before volunteering.
  • Attend interview and orientation prior to start.
  • Be complaint with current medical test protocol.
  • Comply with uniform dress code.
  • Commit to fifty (50) service hours

 

Adult Volunteers can request a volunteer package at any time just by clicking on the link below.

  • Can volunteer four (4) hours per week

 

Junior volunteers (High School students)

  • Must be in at least the 10th grade, or will be entering it, during the summer cycle
  • Live in the local area or attend local High Schools. Edison, Metuchen, Middlesex Borough, Piscataway, South Plainfield and Woodbridge are the areas from which students are allowed to attend our program.
  • Volunteer three (3) hours per week during the school year and six (6) hours during summer cycle.
  • Participate in one (1) cycle per your high school years; an award certificate at the end of the cycle.
  • JVIP opportunity to earn additional hours.

 

JUNIOR CYCLES WHEN TO ENROLL ONLINE 

  • Summer cycle (July – August) February 1 – February 28
  • Fall cycle (October – February) June 1 – June 30
  • Spring cycle (March – June) November 1 – November 30

 

BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING

  • Opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.
  • Interact with professionals and others who share the same interest.
  • Chance to share knowledge and learn new skills.
  • Career exploration
  • Increases self-esteem
  • Creative and productive ways to spend leisure time.
  • Receive satisfaction from helping others.

 

Examples of Services Offered Throughout Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Medical Center:

  • Nursing Unit volunteers socialize with patients and families, answer call lights, refill water pitchers, make beds, feed patients, stock linens, run errands and help with clerical work.
  • Kit Kart volunteers create arts and crafts items to give to the patients.
  • Information Desk volunteers answer visitor calls and questions and provide directions.
  •  Non-clinical clerical assignments help with filing, copying, collating, answering phones and making charts.
  • Haven Hospice providing a network of total support, care, and practical assistance both in the hospital and at home.
  • Auxiliary is committed to funding vital health care services and projects through a variety of ways.
  • Whispering Knolls Recreation volunteers assist Recreation Aides with activities.
  • Adult Day Care volunteers assist Recreation Aides with activities (same goals should combine with Whispering Knolls).
  • Dental Clinic volunteers assists the front desk and dental assistants with clerical duties, as needed.

Other Assignments Include:

  • Patient Transport
  • Volunteer Services Department
  • Mediplex
  • Cognitive Rehab
  • Mail Room
  • Pastoral Care
  • Eucharistic Minister, Sunday Mass Volunteer
  • Greeter
  • Patient Representative
  • Foods & Nutrition
  • Occupational Health
  • JRI (Johnson Rehabilitation Institute) Information desk

How To Get Involved

For more information and applications call the Volunteer Department at (732) 321-7083. The typical application process requires the applicant to provide immunization records or current blood tests to show immunities, recommendation letters, purchase of a uniform and a background check (only for adults); starting assignments take approximately 4-6 weeks from receipt of completed paperwork.

Additionally, any team members who would want to volunteer outside their assigned department are welcomed to submit their application.

New volunteers, Click here to volunteer online.

Registered Volunteers click here to complete Volunteer Training.

(Do not click if you are a first time applicant)