To make sure we have only the best in volunteers, as we do in our physicians, nurses and staff, we require all volunteers to complete a thorough application, interview and background research 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 six months to one year. Volunteers in good standing are encouraged to stay with us and volunteer as long as they like. There is no required maximum time limit on the volunteer experience!
The volunteer positions we will initially need in order to open the Cancer Center will include:
- Information Desk - these volunteers will greet all patients and visitors and guide them through the facility including physically escorting them when needed
- Courtesy Cart Drivers - these volunteers will pick up guests in the parking lot and give them transportation to the Cancer Center or any of the other buildings on the Banner Gateway campus
- Boutique of Hope - these volunteers will assist with the retail operation of this most important shop that will offer gift and inspirational items, but particularly cater to the needs of breast cancer patients
- Learning Center - these volunteers will assist patients and family members seeking additional information related to their disease
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) 543-2861. 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.
At the interview you will need to bring a valid driver's license or picture ID since all volunteers must undergo 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 for teen volunteers is 16. No exceptions can be made to that minimum.
Following the interview, if you are selected, you will be required to complete a free health screening at the Occupational Health clinic located on the Banner Gateway campus. The screening will include a two-step tuberculosis (TB) skin test. 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 will be required to provide immunization records during the screening. If you do not have them, Occupational Health will draw labs 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 monthly, typically on a Tuesday. In high demand periods additional Orientations are 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, but must be worn with a pair of stone or khaki-colored pants and closed-toe shoes.