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At CentraState Healthcare System, our volunteers are an important part of our community. They provide a vital customer service link to our patients, families, visitors, and residents at our senior care facilities. Hundreds of adult, high school and pastoral care volunteers assist staff in more than 90 different areas throughout our health care system. Volunteer positions may focus on patient/resident satisfaction (customer service), staff interaction, technical/office/clerical assistance, and other supportive duties.

Our goal is to create a mutually beneficial experience that provides valuable service to our patients, residents, and staff, while providing our volunteers with a positive, fulfilling role. Volunteer assignments vary based on the needs of our departments and staff in serving our patients and residents.

At CentraState Healthcare System, our volunteers are an important part of our community. They provide a vital customer service link to our patients, families, visitors, and residents at our senior care facilities. Hundreds of adult, high school and pastoral care volunteers assist staff in more than 90 different areas throughout our health care system. Volunteer positions may focus on patient/resident satisfaction (customer service), staff interaction, technical/office/clerical assistance, and other supportive duties.

Our goal is to create a mutually beneficial experience that provides valuable service to our patients, residents, and staff, while providing our volunteers with a positive, fulfilling role. Volunteer assignments vary based on the needs of our departments and staff in serving our patients and residents.

Ways to Volunteer

Through our engaging High School Student Volunteer Program, our student volunteers have diverse opportunities to gain knowledge of the health care field while practicing valuable leadership and transferable skills. We invite young adults who are at least 14 years of age and actively attending high school to join us.

We accept new student applications twice a year for the spring and summer sessions. Please complete our High School Student Volunteer Interest Form or call Volunteer & Guest Services at 732-294-2622 for more information.

High School Student Volunteer Sessions

Student Volunteer Fall 2022
  • Return Students Only: Return to Volunteer Form will be emailed on July 15. Due: July 25
  • Service Commitment: September 6, 2022 – February 5, 2023
Student Volunteer Spring 2023
  • Return Students Only: Return to Volunteer Form will be emailed on November 15. Due: November 25
  • Applications Accepted Only: September 1, 2022 – November 18, 2022 (by 4 pm)
  • Student Orientation: Choice of January 14, 2023 or January 16, 2023 (Snow date: January 22, 2023)
  • Service Commitment: February 6, 2023 – June 25, 2023
Student Volunteer Summer 2023
  • Return Students Only: Return to Volunteer Form will be emailed on April 1. Due: April 10
  • Applications Accepted Only: February 1, 2023 – April 1, 2023 (by 4 pm)
  • Student Orientation: Choice of May 7, 2023 or May 13, 2023 from 8:30 am – 1 pm
  • Service Commitment: June 26, 2023 – September 4, 2023

Please note: Students are expected to commit to serving for the entire session.

To Become a Volunteer

  1. Complete our online Volunteer Interest Form.
  2. Complete the application within the specified timeline.
  3. Schedule and complete a phone interview by the deadline provided in an invitation email.
  4. Attend mandatory volunteer orientation in its entirety.
  5. Receive your flu vaccine and provide documentation to Volunteer & Guest Services.
  6. Receive your volunteer placement confirmation (not guaranteed).
  7. Begin to volunteer!

Returning High School Students

Once a student has completed an application and has completed the mandatory orientation, the student does not need to apply again. A Return to VolunteerForm will be emailed to students prior to each session. Future placements will be partially based on attendance for prior sessions.

Recommendations/Documentation of Hours

To request a letter of recommendation, documentation of hours, or completion of specific forms (Ex: for National Honor Society), please complete a Request for Recommendation/Hours Form. Please note that we require up to 10 business days to adequately process requests.

Our adult volunteers—ranging from age 18 to 99—are a dedicated and loyal part of our team at CentraState. Volunteering is a great way to stay active, socialize, provide valuable skills to our community, and have some fun while you are at it.

If you are a college student, please call us at 732-294-2622 to discuss your goals in volunteering prior to applying, so we can ensure our program will fit your needs and timeline. Our volunteer program does not include shadowing/direct physician contact.

Adult Volunteer Orientation Dates 2022

Date Time Location
Tuesday, August 23 12:45 pm – 4 pm Auditorium
Tuesday, September 13 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm Auditorium
Wednesday, September 21 12:45 pm – 4 pm Auditorium
Tuesday, October 4 4:30 pm – 8 pm Auditorium
Thursday, October 13 12:45 pm – 4 pm Auditorium
Tuesday, November 8 4:30 pm – 8 pm Auditorium
Thursday, November 17 12:45 pm – 4 pm Auditorium

To Become a Volunteer

  1. Complete our online Adult Volunteer Interest Form.
  2. Complete an application (we will contact you regarding an application once we receive your Interest Form).
  3. Attend a meeting with the Director to discuss goals of volunteering, volunteer positions, and shifts.
  4. Attend mandatory volunteer orientation in its entirety. Session dates are below.
  5. Obtain your annual TB test and flu vaccine (free at CentraState Employee Health) and provide documentation to Volunteer & Guest Services.
  6. Await background clearance processed by CentraState.
  7. Begin to volunteer!

Recommendations/Documentation of Hours

To request a letter of recommendation, documentation of hours, or completion of specific forms, please fill out a Request for Recommendation/Hours Form. Please note that we require up to 10 business days to adequately process requests.

Thank you for considering a Community Service Project that will benefit our patients, residents, and staff at CentraState. There are a variety of opportunities for volunteers of any age to serve their community as well as accumulate Community Service Hours. If requested, a certificate for Community Service Hours will be provided upon drop off as proof of service hours. We appreciate your kindness and generosity.

Donation Drop-Off by Appointment Only

For everyone’s safety, we are arranging specific drop-off appointments. Drop-off appointments are available on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 10 am – 3:30 pm at Outpatient Entrance #4. Contact Volunteer & Guest Services to arrange an appointment by calling 732-294-2622 or emailing volunteer@centrastate.com during regular business hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Click here for the Donation Intake Form that will be needed for drop-offs.

Project Ideas (See details below)

  • Comfort Items: Hours Vary
  • Staff Motivation Snack Cart: 1-3 Service Hours per Box/Bag of Snacks
  • Cards for Patients, Residents, and Staff: ON HOLD
  • Senior Resident Community Needs: Various Project Options
  • Books & Magazines: ON HOLD

Click here for details on accepted donation items and project details, including supplies, directions, guidelines, and safety requirements.

Due to safety reasons:

  • All donated items must be brand new, with the exception of books and magazines
  • Stuffed animals are not permitted

Click here to learn about financial donations and how they benefit our community.

Thank you for supporting CentraState and our local community.

Blood Drives 

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood.

Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule your appointment or to find a blood drive near you.     

You can also download the free app called “Red Cross Blood Donor” through the app store or by texting 90999. The app allows you to track donor history, access your digital donor card, see where your donation ended up, and sign up for RapidPass registration to save time during future donations.

Date Time Location
Wednesday, July 27 1 pm – 6 pm CentraState Auditorium
Friday, September 30 1 pm – 6 pm Jack Aaronson Conference Center
Tuesday, November 29 1 pm – 6 pm Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus
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In partnership with the Boy Scouts Post 255

Through interactive learning with medical professionals, hands-on experiences, and hospital tours, this co-ed program gives teen girls and boys ages 14-20 the opportunity to explore a variety of careers in the health care field.

We are planning for the 2022-2023 school year.

  • As we reimagine possibilities for our Explorers Program, please contact the office in August for more information about registration for both returning and new explorers.
About the Program

The Healthcare Explorers Program is an ideal way to learn about a variety of careers in health care and can help teens determine if a career in the medical field may be in their future. Participants learn about a range of health care careers, hear from experienced health care professionals, and gain hands-on opportunities to delve further into a variety of health care topics.

Program Qualifications

Registration is required in September. Space is limited, and participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact the office for a specific registration date.

Female and male high school students in grades 9 through 12 between ages 14 and 20 are eligible.

Required forms that should include the parent or guardian signatures must be completed and submitted at registration in September.

Program Fee

The cost of the program is an estimated $75, which includes Boy Scouts Healthcare Explorers membership, program supplies, and a celebration reception. (Traditional Boy Scout merit badge program not included).

Meetings

Student Explorers will attend interactive monthly meetings from October through April, concluding with a celebration for students and parents or guardians in May. Healthcare Explorers meet on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Jack Aaronson Conference Center Auditorium of the Star & Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus.

A Valuable Experience

  • Gain experience in a professional setting
  • Interact with professionals in a healthcare setting
  • Opportunities to develop transferable skills such as:
    • critical thinking/problem solving
    • communication/listening
    • responsibility
    • teamwork, cooperation
    • leadership
    • professionalism
    • time management
    • ability to work for/with people that are different than them
    • work ethic
    • confidence
    • organization
    • flexibility

Note: Our volunteer program does not include shadowing/direct physician contact.

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Pride, sense of accomplishment
  • Strengthen communities; improve lives
  • Connect to others (social)
  • Transform your own life
  • Express gratitude
  • Feel needed and valued
  • Health benefits: live longer, lower rate of depression, stay active
  • Communicate to others that you are ambitious, enthusiastic and care about community

Career-Oriented Benefits

  • Networking
  • Build self-esteem and confidence
  • Gain experience in a healthcare setting
  • Career clarification and exploration
  • Recommendations and reference letters
  • Learn and develop transferrable skills

Volunteer Recognition

CentraState Healthcare System is proud of our volunteers, and we honor them in the following ways:

  • Volunteer of the Month: Volunteers are nominated by staff and a committee anonymously chooses recipients.
  • Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon: CentraState honors our adult volunteers who have more than 100 service hours at this annual luncheon.
  • CentraState Associated Auxiliaries Scholarship: Many of our volunteers have received the CentraState Associated Auxiliaries Scholarship. Every year, (3) scholarships are offered to two high school seniors and one adult pursuing a career in health care, who also live and volunteer in the CentraState service areas.

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