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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. The High School Student Volunteer Application Process designates specific dates, deadlines, and other important details. Please complete our High School Student Volunteer Interest Form or call Volunteer & Guest Services at 732-294-2622 for more information.

Student Volunteer Sessions

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

**2020 Fall Session ON HOLD 

2021 Spring Session

   Applications Accepted: 9/14-11/27/2020 (by 4pm)

   Orientation: 1/9/21 or 1/18/21 (Snow 1/24/21)

   Service Commitment: Feb. – June 2021

2021 Summer Session

   Applications Accepted: 2/8-4/2/2021

   Orientation: 5/1/21 or 5/16/21

   Service Commitment: June – Sept. 2021 (Labor Day)

**2021 Fall Session

   Service Commitment: 9/7/21-early Feb. 2022

(**For Returning Students only — No New Applications accepted)

To Become a Volunteer:

  1. Complete our online Volunteer Interest Form.
  2. Review the High School Volunteer Application Process
  3. Complete the application within the specified timeline.

(We will email you an application once we receive your Interest Form).

  1. Schedule and complete a phone interview by the deadline provided in an invitation email.
  2. Attend mandatory volunteer orientation in its entirety.
  3. Receive your flu vaccine and provide documentation to Volunteer & Guest Services.
  4. Receive your volunteer placement confirmation (not guaranteed).
  5. 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 Volunteer Form 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 (eg 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.

Learn more about our Medical Explorers Program for High School Students.

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. For summer placements, applications must be completed in full by April 1, including a fully completed and signed Health Clearance Form.

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.

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Adult Orientation Dates 2020

2020 Dates (Tentative – Please call to verify any date changes)

OctoberWednesday14th1 - 5 pmConf. A
OctoberThursday22nd5 - 9 pmConf. C
DecemberTuesday8th1 - 5 pmConf. C

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. We appreciate your kindness and generosity.

Donation Drop Off by Appointment Only

For everyone’s safety, please contact Volunteer & Guest Services to arrange for a specific time for drop off. We will meet you outside of the main entrance to assist with safety and social distancing. For an appointment to drop off donations, contact Volunteer & Guest Services Monday through Friday between 8:30am-4:30pm at 732-294-2622 or at volunteer@centrastate.com.

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: 1 Service Hour for 20 Cards
  • Senior Resident Community Needs: Various Project Options
  • Books & Magazines: 10 Service Hours for 100 Magazines or 25 Books

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 2021

2021 Blood Drives – Dates coming soon…

For information on additional local drives and plasma donations, please visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/

We truly value our community’s support and generosity!

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.

Program ON HOLD until further notice.

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 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 parent or guardian signatures must be completed and submitted at registration in September.

Program Fee
The cost of the program is an estimated $45, 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 p.m. at the Jack Aaronson Conference Center Auditorium of the Star & Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus.

Track 1 (New Students): Explore two different health care topics per session

Track 2 (2nd Year Returning Students): Explore one in-depth health care topic per session

Track 3 (3rd & 4th year Returning Students): A Day in the Life of…[physicians, nurses, etc.)

In 2019, our 637 volunteers served more than 72,095 hours—equivalent to 3,004 days, or over 8 ¼ years of service!

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:

  • iCare: Recognition of those who go above and beyond in their volunteer service.
  • 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.