Whether you're a retiree wanting to give back to the community, a student hoping to fulfill a service requirement or you simply desire to help others during your free time, there's a wide array of opportunities for volunteering at Forrest General.
Forrest Health volunteers help in almost every department within the hospital. There are direct and indirect ways to participate in patient care. From interacting directly with patients to performing clerical duties, volunteers work in many ways to deliver the highest quality care possible. To become a volunteer complete the form below.
Information hosts and hostesses answer questions regarding hospital and community resources, arrange for a greeter/guide to help if a family needs assistance of any kind and receive and deliver flowers, mail, and gifts for patients. Excellent telephone and greeting skills as well as a willingness to learn the computer system are required.
This is a great way to be involved directly on the patient care units. Volunteers visit with patients, engaging them in conversation to promote improved patient care. This is a great opportunity for students who are considering a career in healthcare to gain some valuable experience.
Greeters are assigned to an Information Desk and assist our patient family members, visitors, and friends with directions to all locations within the hospital. They will personally escort our guests to the correct department/location and be able to have conversations with them while walking.
Cancer Center volunteers assist patients in wheelchairs, visit with patients and families and listen to patients' needs and forward any helpful information to the cancer center staff. Other duties are to Fold gowns, make coffee, file charts and straighten and organize the reading materials in the lobby.
This volunteer position is very unique and requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy. Teaming with the Palliative & Supportive Care Coordinator, music therapists create a therapeutic and supportive environment which taps into non-verbal processes to facilitate emotional, physical and mental change. Those interested in this opportunity need to be able to work independently and have excellent interpersonal skills.
Volunteer Minister, Pastoral Services
Volunteer ministers serving with Pastoral Services provide non-sectarian, multi-denominational spiritual support to all patients and their family members as needed. Volunteers working in conjunction with the Pastoral Services department may be called upon to provide visits to patients and family members who may be struggling with spiritual/transcendence issues, pre and post-surgery visits and support, pastoral care visits, bereavement support, and pastoral care of patients and families who may not have affiliations with local faith community groups and/or churches.
Volunteer Office Assistant
Volunteer office assistants assist with copying and filing, answering phones, scheduling volunteer interviews, assisting with processing potential volunteer candidates, running errands throughout the organization, entering data, processing payment information, delivering flowers, mail, and gifts to our patients and families. This is a position for someone who has a can-do attitude, excellent communication skills and loves helping and being around people.
When you help someone in need, you receive many personal rewards. Forrest General Hospital offers several additional benefits for adult volunteers:
- Complimentary meal when working
- Convenient parking
- Free yearly flu vaccination
- Complimentary turkey during the holiday season
- Invitations to the hospital's special events
- Volunteer service awards
- References for school or employment
From time-to-time, the hospital has special events and projects that require a little extra help. If you are looking for a one-time service project, Forrest General may be the place for you.
To find out more about the volunteer program, contact Volunteer Services at 601-288-4449 or send an e-mail.