The Volunteer Services Department is committed to integrating community volunteers into roles that provide exemplary customer service to meet the hospital's priorities and mission.
We welcome volunteer involvement in areas of the hospital where you can support customer service initiatives and our busy health care staff. Volunteer opportunities may include escorting and guiding patients and visitors, helping in clinical and non-clinical areas, and supporting administrative functions.
Because of the time and resources invested in this process, we expect that you will make a minimum commitment of at least one consistent three or four-hour shift each week. Six months of service - approximately 100 hours.
Any programs requiring a different timeframe have that specified in the program overview.
We expect you to complete the following onboarding within two to three weeks to hold the position you accepted:
The health care environment can be overwhelming and confusing. Volunteer ambassadors can help reduce anxiety by offering compassionate support to patients and families in many areas of our facilities. Some of our volunteer ambassadors are the face of our hospital as people arrive for care; others provide information when someone is looking for a hospitalized loved one. Some volunteer ambassadors serve our patients and the community in our outpatient offices.
If your goal is to offer support and relieve the anxiety experienced by patients and families coming for services at the hospital, than an ambassador role can be the best way to make that impact.
If the following is the case with you, please consider applying for an Ambassador position:
These positions are only available at Women & Infants and all of them are currently filled. Therefore, you should complete our online application if you would like to be considered for a cuddler role. However, since the program is designed for minimal turnover, recruitment is not done routinely.
In addition to the overall volunteer requirements, some additional standards are set for Cuddler positions. These include:
The gift shop volunteer position includes a variety of duties and responsibilities that requires the applicant to understand inventory in the shop to help the customers. In addition, accuracy, attention to detail, strong interpersonal skills and an ability to deal with cash transactions are important for this role.
If you possess these skills and are able to make a regular commitment to at least one or two shifts each week, please complete the Care New England Volunteer Application. You can also email EFish@kentri.org for more information
Are you looking for a rewarding opportunity to volunteer your time and give back to your community? The VNA of Care New England Hospice is looking for people who care about terminally ill people and want to make a difference in the life of a dying person. We have a number of volunteer opportunities that can be done at home, in our offices, or with patients. Training is provided that includes monthly gatherings for ongoing education and volunteer companionship. Make new friends and learn a new skill, all while making a positive impact for hospice patients in your community.
If you want to help hospice patients who are scared, lonely, or need support, volunteer to call adult terminally ill patients. These calls are made from the VNA offices in Warwick and might include skype chat or phone chat. Volunteers can offer community updates, local news, and general friendly conversation.
Spend two hours at a time sitting with a dying patient who is living in a nursing home, so they don’t die without a person by their side. Guardian Angel volunteers provide a calming and peaceful presence during end of life at local nursing homes in the community.
Help with pet care for a terminally ill patient. All pets will have updated vaccinations.
Visit hospice patients in their homes to provide in-person companionship and rest for their caregivers on Saturdays/Sundays or evenings.
Work in the hospice office supporting the hospice volunteer coordinator.
Opportunities exist to work directly with terminally ill patients and their family members to create legacy/memory books and to help children of terminally ill parents by providing a distraction from illness. Work from home and still contribute to the community by creating busy blankets for patients with dementia or knitting lap blankets for hospice patients.
General volunteers make visits to terminally ill patients during daytime or evening hours to provide one-on-one companionship, helping caregivers with light chores or staying with the patient so the caregiver can get out of the home for enjoyment or errands. Responsibilities may also include clerical duties in the office, light cooking for patients, or running errands for terminally ill patients.
Candidates must be over 18 years of age and be willing to make a one year commitment to service following your training for positions in the patient's home. For information, call the VNA of Care New England Hospice at (401) 737-6050 or email BFletcher@VNACareNewEngland.org.
Many projects and activities required to support our patient care services happen behind the scenes in an office environment. Office assistant help is needed in departments to support the communications and documentation needed to maintain programming. Whether collecting data and statistics for reports, entering information and data into computer software programs, filing and organizing records or providing other clerical support, Office Assistants are part of administrative teams across the system. We appreciate the level of attention to detail and precision that administrative volunteers bring to departments to support their key functions.
If the following is the case for you, you may want to apply for an Office Assistant position:
Care New England welcomes individuals who want to support the work taking place across our system to create a community of healthier people. You will have the opportunity to apply to the Care new England hospitals and/or programs of your choice when you complete your Volunteer Application.
Volunteers can be:
Volunteers might work with staff supporting a department role that serves our patient care mission. Others work more independently, providing direction or support in navigating our facilities and services.
Our volunteers make an impression on our patients, their families and visitors. They see members of the community making an effort to help them- directly or indirectly. They know they are in an environment where caring is extended throughout.
In turn, dedicated volunteers get satisfaction from giving back to the community or to a hospital where they or a loved one were provided care. They have an opportunity to make a difference to the patient and family experience.
If you have as little as one 4 hour block of time to set aside each week to come to the hospital, look at the information that follows to learn how you might get involved as a Care New England Volunteer.
Patient and family-centered care is an approach to health care that shapes policies, programs, facility design, and staff day-to-day interactions. It leads to a more informed allocation of resources, better health outcomes, and greater patient and family satisfaction. At Care New England, we embrace the philosophy of patient and family-centered care and offer many patient and advisory councils across our hospitals. We understand that our patients, their family members, our community partners, and staff have invaluable input that can enhance our professional knowledge and improve the way we provide care for every patient.
For more information or to become a member of one of our councils please contact:
This position requires you have your own certified therapy dog trained to work in a hospital environment. We know that spending time with pets makes us feel good and enriches our lives. The Pet Therapy Program taps the benefits of this interaction to decrease a patient's stress and enhance the health care experience by providing visits with your certified therapy dog trained to work in a hospital environment. The dogs make a difference to the staff and families of patients, as well.
Additional benefits of pet therapy are:
If you have a certified pet therapy dog and are interested in volunteering at a Care New England facility, submit a volunteer application.
We want you to be aware of these expectations in advance. Working in a healthcare environment is not easy - but it can be very rewarding. We value the contributions of our junior workforce and look forward to partnering with motivated teens.
Volunteers can also provide customer service and support to patients and staff on our busy nursing care units. While volunteers cannot provide care to patients, they can extend compassion and assistance to ensure staff, patients and family members feel supported. All volunteers in this role will need to complete transport training to be able to move patients around the facility and connect them with services or to take them to the door where their rides await to bring them home. Additional guidance will be provided on the units when you begin. Placement in a specific department will be determined by a number of factors, including your availability.
If the following is the case for you, you may want to apply for a Unit Assistant position: