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Getting started and how to apply

 If you are interested in volunteering for us and have met our minimum requirements:

Requirements to become a volunteer

Volunteering for LGH requires a positive attitude and desire to serve others. Volunteers must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Commit to 100 hours of volunteer service within a 12 month period of time and a weekly or bi-weekly schedule.
  • Be responsible, dependable, and reliable.
  • Be at least 18 years or older (students 16 years or older may qualify for our High School Student Volunteer Program)
  • Be able to communicate clearly in English
  • Complete an annual TB test, participate in on-going training and obtain a Flu shot.
  • Download and complete an application and 2 copies of the reference form. Please have each reference form completed by a non-relative who you have known for at least two years. We prefer references from an employer or places where you have previously volunteered.
  • Completed applications and references should be returned to: Lancaster General Health, Department of Volunteer Services, 555 North Duke Street, P.O. Box 3555, Lancaster, PA 17604 or faxed to (717)544-5966.Should you have any questions, you can reach us at volunteer@lghealth.org or 544-5005.
Due to an overwheliming response we will no longer be accepting applications for the NICU Baby Cuddler Program at WBH.

What happens after I apply?

Once we receive your application and 2 completed references, they will be reviewed to determine eligibility. If initial qualifications are met, we will contact you for a pre-interview to discuss your skills, interests, previous volunteer experience, and our current openings.

If you are selected to volunteer in one of our programs, you will be asked to:

  • Attend a volunteer orientation meeting to introduce you to volunteering in a healthcare environment. These meetings are held once a month and last approximately 2 hours. You will learn in detail about the requirements for volunteering at LGH, our history, policies including Fire Safety, Patient Confidentiality, and Infection Control and our Mission, Vision, Values, and Every time behaviors.
  • Provide documentation of 2 MMR’s (Rubella, Rubeola & Mumps) and 2 Varicella (chicken pox) vaccinations. If you are unable to provide records, you will be asked to get a blood test at no cost to check for immunization.
  • Complete a drug, and nicotine screening. If tested positive, you will be ineligible to volunteer.
  • Complete a  Background Check
  • Complete a 2-step TB test
  • Receive an annual flu shot
  • Participate in a placement interview 
  • Purchase a $10 volunteer uniform if required

Please note that the tests and background check listed above are done at no cost to the volunteer.

If you are selected in a program at  Women and Babies Hospital or  Pediatrics you will be required to supply Act 33 Clearance (child abuse) and Act 73 Clearance (FBI fingerprint) at the volunteers expense. 

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