University of South Alabama

Adult volunteer programAn adult volunteer is anyone who is 18 years or older and out of high school. Adult volunteers provide support to patients, families, and staff in a wide variety of roles. Some assignments have direct patient contact, others are more supportive.  Assignments may include patient units, the hospital gift shop, information desk, pediatric playroom, and in office settings.

When: Assignments will be same day/same time each week, typically 3-4 hours.

Cost: Volunteer uniform top is $20

Commitment: Initial commitment of 5-6 months for 3-4 hours each week. Please ask us about our Working Adults Program for those who need greater flexibility.

Process: The application process includes:

  • Application
  • Information session
  • General volunteer orientation
  • Background check
  • Health screening
  • Final interview (receive volunteer assignment)
  • Training for specific volunteer position

Application: Download the Volunteer Application.

Please review the FAQ's below. If you have additional questions, we will be happy to answer them. 
Phone: (251) 415-1123


Frequently Asked Questions (Adults)

If I apply, am I automatically accepted?
Volunteering at USA Children's & Women’s Hospital is not a good match for everyone. We are happy to share about our program to make sure you are well-informed.

If I apply, how long before I can begin volunteering?
Thank you for being so excited to volunteer! Part of the process; however, is making sure we look after the safety and security of our patients. We require a background check, and training in areas such as confidentiality, infection control, safety and security, among others before a volunteer can begin. Generally, the application process takes about 6 weeks.

Can I volunteer to just rock babies?
Patient unit volunteers are self-starters who need to feel at ease interacting with patients of all ages. Our volunteers need to enjoy interacting with any age patient—infants, toddlers, school-age, teens and adult. Being a volunteer required flexibility. Volunteers may be called upon to help in another area or with special events.

I am looking for job experience; can I get that by volunteering?
We do not have an official volunteer-to-work program. All of our volunteer assignments are in areas where the department has requested a volunteer. The objective of being a volunteer is to support patients, families, and staff. All volunteers perform tasks at the direction of and on behalf of the hospital, without monetary compensation or expectation of compensation from USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital.

I am in college and my schedule changes. Can that be accommodated?
 Yes, we have a large number of college students in our volunteer ranks. Communicate with our office and every effort will be made to work with your schedule. If you are a college student home for the summer, you will need to apply early in the spring to allow for our application and placement process.
Please visit the College Volunteer page for further information.

What should I know about volunteer assignments? 
Many people think assignments only involve playing with children. We have many departments requesting volunteer assistance in more clerical/support roles. Assignments are based on your interest, availability and department needs.

Can I volunteer with a friend or family member? 
Yes, it may be possible to place you in assignments on the same day, at the same time and in the same department as your friend or family member.

What are the uniform and dress code requirements to volunteer?
 Volunteers are required to purchase and wear a uniform top while volunteering. In addition to the uniform top, volunteers must wear khaki pants, their name badge and closed-toe shoes.  Artificial nails, visible tattoos and facial piercings are not permitted.

 

 

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