Teen Volunteering (Volunteens)

Special Notice: Teen Volunteer Opportunities

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Our teen program is currently not accepting applications for the 2023-2024 School Year. Our timeline for when we will be accepting teen applications remains undetermined.

The volunteer program is still in the process of returning its active volunteers safely to volunteering. The website will be updated when the program can accept new volunteers.

We appreciate everything volunteers do for our patients, guests and staff. We look forward to welcoming volunteers back and will update our website when the volunteer restrictions are lifted.

About Teen Volunteering

Who: Teens must be 15 years old and in high school.

What: Volunteers accepted into the program complete an assignment matching process. Most assignments focus on supporting families, patients and staff. See below for more specific details. Teens who are successful in providing service in their initial assignment will have the opportunity to grow into new assignments.

When: Volunteers commit to a consistent assignment that is 2-3 hours in length on the same day and time each week.

Where: Primarily at Main Campus; there are limited opportunities at the community-based Close To Home locations.

Cost: Volunteer polo shirt is $23, plus tax. Teen volunteers are also are required to wear khaki or black pants or knee-length skirt and closed-toe shoes

If I apply, am I automatically accepted?
The teen program continues to grow each year! We try as best as we can to match as many teens with volunteer positions as possible, but due to the high number of applicants, it is not possible to find a match for everyone. Opportunities on weekends are limited.

Application Process

Thank you for your interest. We are not accepting or processing new volunteer applications at this time. If anything should change, we will update this page. If you are interested in this program for the future, we have outlined the process below.

The application process includes:

  • Complete the online application
  • References- Electronic form submitted by those non-family members you select
  • Group interview session- Parents are not required to attend but will given an informational packet and commitment form to sign off on.
  • Submit vaccination record including flu (no waivers accepted)
  • Orientation- An overview to hospital policies including safety, infection control, boundaries, and privacy laws. This is completed online.
  • Attend an assignment specific training(s) after orientation

Frequently Asked Questions 

If you have additional questions, we will be happy to answer them. We encourage teens to take the initiative to communicate with us! 

If I am accepted, then what?

You will receive an email communication with next steps.

What are you looking for in a Volunteen?

Our teen volunteers must be interested and enthusiastic about what they are doing. It is important to be independent and comfortable talking to children and adults. There are many rules regarding infection control, confidentiality, and interacting with children and families—it is important to pay attention to this information and follow these regulations. Hospital staff expects a teen volunteer to follow directions and demonstrate maturity and respect.

When would I volunteer?

Our volunteers are given an assignment on the same day and same time each week, for example, Wednesdays 4-6 p.m. Typically, volunteers are here 2-3 hours each week.

How about volunteering at a Close To Home location?

Most of the available assignments are on the main hospital campus. We do have a few assignments at the Dublin, Westerville, Hilliard, Clintonville, Canal Winchester or East Broad Close To Homes. We look for applicants who are interested in the assignment, not just the location.

What are the uniform and dress code requirements to volunteer?

Volunteers are required to purchase and wear a uniform while volunteering. If financial hardship exists, arrangements can be made to get a uniform at no charge. In addition to the uniform polo or vest, volunteers must wear their name badge, khaki pants (no jeans) or knee-length skirt, and closed-toe shoes. Artificial/gel nails, visible tattoos and facial piercings are not permitted.