Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering
Question: What is the time commitment?
Answer: We ask volunteers to give at least eight hours a month and to commit to at least six months of service. Most volunteers give one four-hour shift a week.
We have morning, afternoon, and evening shifts available during the week and on weekends. However, our evening and weekend shifts are more limited in the number of available positions.
Question: How do I become a volunteer at NCMC?
Answer: Becoming an NCMC volunteer begins with completing an application packet. Please refer to the Getting Started page or contact our Volunteer Office at (970) 350-6609.
Question: Do I need to have certain qualifications if I want to be a volunteer?
Answer: We ask that volunteers be able to speak fluent English and comply with NCMC policies and other necessary requirements—such as a background screen, TB test, and orientation. Please see our Getting Started page for more information.
NCMC volunteers should also possess the following skills:
- A desire to help others
- Ability to deliver exceptional customer service
- Enthusiasm and joy to serve others
Question: What will I be doing, and will I be having contact with patients?
Answer: We have a wide variety of different volunteer assignments and strive to find a position that is a perfect fit for each volunteer accepted in to the program.
Some positions in departments such as the Emergency Department and Monfort Family Birth Center are patient focused. We also have volunteers who visit patients with therapy dogs or the cheer-cart allowing them opportunity for patient interaction.
Other volunteers work in staff-support roles in a variety of hospital departments and offices performing clerical and other support tasks.
We also have volunteers who work with hospital guests and visitors. They assist in raising funds in the Gift Shop, give directions and assistance at the Information Desk, provide information to guests in the Surgery Waiting Room, and knit thousands of baby hats for newborns.
The opportunities really are endless! For more information on volunteer positions, visit the Volunteer Opportunities page or for a complete listing of open assignments, please contact the Volunteer Services Department at (970) 350-6609.
Question: How are placement decisions made?
Answer: The interview portion of the application process gives us the chance to get to know you, your availability, your interests, and your skills, and then we match these things with our open assignments. Again, we do our best to place you in an exciting and worthwhile position.
Question: Can I change my position placement?
Answer: We want you to enjoy volunteering! We hope to find a position you like right from the start. However, if other opportunities arise, your schedule changes, or you want to try something new, changes can be made.
Question: I’m a student, can I volunteer?
Answer: Students (both high school and college) are a significant part of our volunteer program. NCMC offers many unique experiences to individuals interested in the medical field as well as other students looking to give back to their community and gain ‘real-life’ experience.
Individuals must be 15 years old before they can begin volunteering at NCMC.
Due to the in-depth nature and cost associated with the application/training process, we do ask for a six-month commitment and a consistent volunteer schedule. We realize many students have extremely busy schedules, thus volunteering must be a priority in order to make it a worthwhile experience.