Adult Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer at Penn Medicine Princeton Health. We believe volunteers who serve side-by-side with hospital personnel are a valued resource — often hard to find. The Volunteer Services Department's first priority is to find the appropriate assignment for you, one that is desired by you and fills a hospital need for assistance. 

What makes a good volunteer?

A good volunteer has a friendly, customer-focused attitude and excellent communication skills. In addition to those qualities, Princeton Health is looking for mature individuals, who are responsible, dependable, passionate and committed! Candidates with a willingness to serve, a professional demeanor, and a positive attitude toward staff, patients, and visitors make great volunteers. Medical or clinical experience is not required.

What opportunities are available for adult volunteers?

We will discuss your interests and needs during the interview process. Placements are based on organizational need and the qualifications, skills, and background of each individual volunteer.
We generally assign volunteers into one of the following types of positions:

  • Public/Patient Visitor Services – Greet and assist patients and guests, helping them find their way, obtain patient information, etc.
  • Patient Care – Assist on nursing floors and other care areas by answering call bells, socializing with patients, running errands, stocking supplies, etc.
  • Non-Patient Services/Clerical – Assist with clerical and administrative tasks in offices and departments that support operations. Duties may include answering phones, data entry, filing, etc.

What is required to become an adult volunteer?

Applicants must be 18 years or older and able to serve a minimum of three hours per week. The total time commitment we ask for is a minimum of 100 hours during a one-year period.

What is the process for volunteering?

The volunteer selection and placement process is designed to keep our patients, caregivers, and staff safe while providing you with a meaningful, rewarding, and enriching experience. As such, the application process can take 3-5 weeks. Due to the volume of applications received, Volunteer Services may not contact all applicants.

Carefully review the following steps before applying:

Step 1: Complete an online application form — information from two references must be provided on the application form
Step 2: Volunteer Services will contact you to schedule an Interview/Placement Assessment
Step 3: If you are selected for a position, you will be asked to obtain medical clearance through our Occupational Health Department — this involves a two-step tuberculosis skin test. You will also be asked to provide documentation of having received the flu vaccination during flu season or submit an exemption for approval.
Step 4: Hospital orientation
Step 5: Pass a criminal background check
Step 6: Hands-on assignment training and welcome aboard!

If you are interested in volunteering and believe you can complete all the steps outlined above, we invite you to apply below!