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 are 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 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 on hospice patients in your community.
If you want to help hospice patients and or family members who are scared, lonely, or need support, volunteer to call adult terminally ill patients or their families. 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 time sitting with a dying patient who is living in their home, assisted living, or nursing home, so they don’t die without a person by their side. Guardian Angel volunteers provide a calming and peaceful presence during the end of life at someone’s home in the community.
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/crocheting lap blankets for hospice patients.
Patient 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.
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 BBagbygrose@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 inquire about an Office Assistant position:
Patient and family-centered care is an approach to health care that shapes policies, programs, facility design, and day-to-day staff 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 hospital patient and advisory councils. We understand that our patients, their family members, our community partners, and our 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 healthcare experience by providing visits with your certified therapy dog trained to work in a hospital environment. The dogs also make a difference to the staff and patients' families.
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 your inquiry.
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 in 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 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. A number of factors, including your availability will determine placement in a specific department.
If the following is the case for you, you may want to inquire about a Unit Assistant position: