To ensure that we have a strong team of volunteers, just like our physicians, nurses and staff, we require all volunteers to complete a thorough application, interview, health screening, and background check process. This is a lengthy process that can take up to four weeks to complete. We ask that all volunteers make a minimum commitment of volunteering one shift per week, four hours in length, for a minimum of six months. Volunteers in good standing are encouraged to stay with us and volunteer as long as they like. There is no maximum time limit on the volunteer experience!
The volunteer opportunities at the Cancer Center include:
- Boutique of Hope - assist with the retail operation of this very important shop that offers gifs and inspirational items and has a strong emphasis on supporting the needs of breast cancer patients
- Courtesy Cart Drivers - provide guests with transportation from the parking lots to the Cancer Center as well as to the other buildings on the Banner Gateway campus
- Diagnostic Imaging - greet patients in the lobby and escort them throughout the department
- Information Desk - greet everyone who enters the facility and act as a resource for guiding patients and visitors to their destination. They are truly the first faces of the Cancer Center.
- Infusion Center - focus primarily on patient comfort measures for patients while they receive their treatment
- Multi-Specialty Clinic - focus on patient comfort measures and also provide some administrative support to staff
- Radiation/Oncology - assist with the escorting of new patients to the treatment area and keep them company while they are waiting for their treatment
How Do I Become a Volunteer?
To become a volunter, all you need to do it fill out the volunteer application and fax it in to (480) 256-4646. Applications can also be mailed to Banner Gateway Medical Center, attention Volunteer Services, 1900 N. Higley Road, Gilbert, Arizona, 85234. All applications are reviewed by the Volunteer Services Department and a representative will contact those selected for an interview.
Please bring a valid driver's license or picture ID to the interview, as this is required in order to conduct a background check before being considered for placement. Please note: Banner Health does not offer court ordered community service hours as part of its volunteer programs. Also, the minimum age to volunteer in the Cancer Center is 18.
Following the interview, if you are selected, you will be required to complete a free health screening at the Occupational Health office located on the Banner Gateway campus. The screening will consist of a two-step tuberculosis (TB) skin test, possibly a small blood draw, and a flu vaccine during flu season.
If you have ever tested positive for TB, you will need to have a physician's statement indicating the results of your most recent chest X-ray. You are encouraged to provide immunization records during the screening if they are available. If you do not have them, Occupational Health will perform a small blood draw to determine if any vaccines are needed. The health screenings are mandatory as they provide us with vital health information to best protect our patients, staff and volunteers from disease.
All selected volunteers are required to attend a two-hour Volunteer Orientation before beginning their volunteer assignment. Orientations are scheduled once a month, typically on a Tuesday or Thursday. During peak demand times additional orientations may be scheduled.
As with our staff, volunteers are required to wear identification badges and uniforms in order to allow our patients and staff to identify them. The uniform top is provided free of charge, and must be worn with a white shirt, stone or khaki-colored pants and closed-toe shoes.