Individuals who volunteer at Forrest General Hospital are caring, dedicated and committed. Through their many meaningful activities, our volunteers help further the objectives of the hospital and provide the best possible support and comfort for our patients, their families, and visitors. While helping others, you will make many new friends, learn new things, and have fun.
At Forrest General Hospital, volunteers are central to our mission “do what is best for the patient”. Every volunteer has a unique voice, perspective, and gift to share. People volunteer for a variety of reasons. You may be looking for a way to give back or pay it forward. You may want to have your first experience in a health care setting or begin a new chapter of your life here. Or you may aspire to realize a long-held dream or nurture a passion. Regardless of where you come from, we welcome you.
Be at least 18 years of age
Most of our volunteer programs require a minimum commitment of 2-3 hours a week
Complete an application to Volunteer Services
See Application Below
Interview and upon acceptance, obtain TB screening and criminal background check (provided by FGH)
Complete all required compliance paperwork
Follow hospital and volunteer services policies and procedures
Complimentary meal vouchers for any day of service for three or more hours
Free yearly flu vaccination
Invitations to the hospital’s special events
Annual volunteer service awards banquet
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.
Cancer Center Music Program
The purpose is to create a restful and pleasant atmosphere. Based on the reaction of the listeners, musicians attempt to adjust the style of their music based on the situation. Musicians provide a warm and caring presence and it has been shown to lessen stress and anxiety, and music tends to soften the environment and provide a distraction from the listener's immediate concerns.
Special Note: Volunteer musicians must be at an advanced skill level and be able to play their instrument with sensitivity while, at the same time, paying close attention to patients and staff responses. Preferred instruments: piano, guitar, harp, (with special awareness regarding lyric content).
Greeters – Surgery Waiting Area Information Desk
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. This is a great opportunity for someone comfortable with starting up conversations and has a high level of energy. Must be able to stand for long periods of time and walk extended distances throughout organization.
Hostess - Surgery Waiting Area Information Desk
The information desk volunteers complement and enhance the patient experience by providing guest services to families and visitors. This highly visible position greets and provides general information to families and visitors in order to help them navigate throughout the organization. Must possess excellent telephone and oral communication skills. Must be willing to learn and use patient navigator software. Excellent position for someone who is high energy and enjoys being around and serving others.
Cuddlers are assigned to the NICU to hold and interact with identified infants. These infants are in the intermediate nursery and are over 30 weeks of age possible experiencing long term hospitalization, lack of family present, irritability or requiring extra holding and interaction. All tasks are completed under the permission of NICU nurse, NP or MD.
Qualifications-Must meet 1: Is currently a licensed nurse, has been a licensed nurse in the past and left nursing in good standing, is currently or in the past has been approved by state or private agency to be a foster or adoptive parent for infant age child.
Non-Patient Services – Departmental Assistance
For those who would like to volunteer in non-patient areas, there are many administrative/business departments who need help with a variety of tasks including copying, filing, answering phones, project assembly, mail outs, data entry, running errands, etc.
The handler and certified dog will go to designated departments and rooms to comfort patients, family members, visitors, and staff in need.
- Be 1 year of age or older
- Be certified by an accredited service animal and/or pet assistance agency. Certification must be current.
- Meet initial and continuing health screen requirements for all vaccinations and general health requirements.
- Be 18 years of age or older and complete the established FGH volunteer process.
- Provide certification from their veterinarian of all medical requirements for their participating therapy dog.
- Provide proof of current therapy dog certification from any accredited service animal and pet assistance agency.
Volunteer Chaplain, Pastoral Care Services
Volunteer chaplains serve under the direction of Pastoral Care and provide non-sectarian, multi-denominational spiritual support to all patients and their family members as needed. Volunteers 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, bereavement support, and pastoral care of patients and families who may not have affiliations with local faith community groups and/or churches.