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 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.
2018 Fall Session
Service Commitment: 9/4/18 – 2/10/19
(For Returning Students only — No New Applications accepted)
2019 Spring Session
Applications Accepted: 10/10/18 – 11/23/18 (by 4pm)
Orientation: 1/12/19 or 1/21/19
Service Commitment: 2/11/19-6/23/19
2019 Summer Session
Applications Accepted: 2/12/19 – 4/12/19 (by 4pm)
Orientation: 5/5/19 or 5/18/19
Service Commitment: 6/24/19 – 9/2/19 (Labor Day)
**2019 Fall Session
Service Commitment: 9/3/19 – 2/2020
(**For Returning Students only — No New Applications accepted)
2020 Spring Session
Applications Accepted: 9/19/19 – 11/22/19 (by 4pm)
Service Commitment: 2/2020-6/2020
To Become a Volunteer:
- Complete our online Volunteer Interest Form.
- Review the High School Volunteer Application Process
- Complete the application within the specified timeline.
(We will contact you regarding an application once we receive your Interest Form).
- Schedule and complete a phone interview by the deadline provided in an invitation email.
- Attend mandatory volunteer orientation in its entirety.
- Receive your flu vaccine and provide documentation to Volunteer & Guest Services.
- Receive your volunteer placement confirmation (not guaranteed).
- 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.
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:
- Complete our online Adult Volunteer Interest Form.
- Complete an application (we will contact you regarding an application once we receive your Interest Form).
- Attend a meeting with the Director to discuss goals of volunteering, volunteer positions, and shifts.
- Attend mandatory volunteer orientation in its entirety. Session dates are below.
- Obtain your annual TB test and flu vaccine (free at CentraState Employee Health) and provide documentation to Volunteer & Guest Services.
- Await background clearance processed by CentraState.
- 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 2018
2019 Dates (Please call to verify any date changes)
We appreciate the thoughtfulness and dedication of our community members, who often provide donations to help us better serve our patients, residents, and guests. Through general donations, projects, and various drives (such as blood drives and coat drives), you make an important difference in many lives.
One-Time Community Service Projects
There are various options for volunteers of any age to serve their community and accumulate community service hours. We will provide a certificate for Community Service Hours upon drop off if requested.
Types of one-time projects include:
- Magazine collection: 10 hours of community service for 100 magazines
- Infusion care packages: 3 hours of service per care package
- Senior residents’ community needs: Various project options
Click here for details for each one-time project, including supplies, directions, guidelines, and requirements.
Accepted general donations include:
- Books and magazines (no older than three months) in various languages
- Knitted/crocheted items (such as blankets and hats for babies and adults)
- New toys (in original packaging)
- Other approved items
Donation Drop-Off Locations
General Donations (except Books & Magazines)
At the Information Desk in the Main Medical Center (732-294-2600)
- Wednesdays 1-8pm, Fridays 9am-12pm, Saturdays 9am-8pm
(Please call ahead to ensure we are currently accepting Infusion Bags)
Books & Magazines Only
At the Outpatient Information Desk (732-294-2622)
- Mornings: Wednesdays & Thursdays from 8am-11am
- Afternoons: Thursdays & Fridays from 1-4pm
(Please call ahead to ensure we are currently accepting books/magazines).
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Blood Drives 2019
Please contact us at 732-294-2622 prior to attending in case of any changes.
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.
About the Program
The Medical 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.
Registration is required in September. Space is limited, and participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
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.
The cost of the program is $40, which includes Boy Scouts Medical Explorers membership, program supplies, and a celebration reception. (Traditional Boy Scout merit badge program not included).
Student Explorers will attend interactive monthly meetings from October through April, concluding with a celebration for students and parents or guardians in May. Medical 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 2018, our 761 volunteers served more than 71,555 hours—equivalent to 2,981 days, or over 8 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
- teamwork, cooperation
- time management
- ability to work for/with people that are different than them
- work ethic
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
- Build self-esteem and confidence
- Gain experience in a healthcare setting
- Career clarification and exploration
- Recommendations and reference letters
- Learn and develop transferrable skills
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.