Huntsville Hospital has the largest hospital volunteer program in the state and is one of the largest in the nation. With approximately 600 adults and more than 100 youth volunteers contributing more than 155,000 hours each year, we estimate that our volunteers save us more than $3.6 million per year – the equivalent of about 50 full-time employees.
Volunteers must be at least 15 years old and be able to provide a minimum commitment of 50 service hours over the course of their assignment.
Once you have decided to donate your time as a volunteer, the Volunteer Services Placement Coordinator will work with you to find an assignment that meets your interests, your schedule and the hospital’s needs. Some volunteer assignments may have age requirements or require additional qualifications.
Summer Youth Auxiliary program
To qualify as a Youth Auxiliary Volunteer, students must be at least 15 years old, maintain a “B” average in school and pay an annual membership fee of $5. Youth volunteers must commit to serving a minimum of seven weeks of service over the course of the nine-week program. To become a youth volunteer, you can request a packet during the month of February by calling (256) 265-8013.
Each summer and fall Huntsville Hospital offers college students an opportunity to participate in our volunteer program. Our summer program runs June through August; fall runs September through November. Each program is nine weeks in duration and includes a requirement for college volunteers to serve one three or four hour shift (depending on the placement) per week for at least seven of the nine weeks. Applications are accepted March 1 - 31 for our summer program and July 1 - 31 for fall. Complete this application during the timeframe you are interested in volunteering. For additional questions, please contact Volunteer Services at (256) 265-8013.
In addition to our college volunteer program, we also offer students an opportunity to participate in job shadowing and observation. For information about this program, please contact Corporate University at (256) 265-8025.
To qualify as a volunteer, applicants must attend a personal interview, complete an application and orientation packet, and be prepared to undergo a criminal background check. Please note that submitting an application to Volunteer Services does not obligate Huntsville Hospital to provide a volunteer placement, nor are volunteers obligated to accept the position offered.
- Youth and college student application deadlines vary. Please call our office for more information.
- Depending upon your placement location and affiliation, you may be asked to purchase and wear a uniform.
- All new volunteers must undergo Tuberculin Skin Testing (PPD). This skin test is performed in the Employee Health Office at no charge to volunteers.
- All volunteers must also attend orientation and training sessions as a requirement.