Volunteer to Make a Difference

It takes more than just the most renowned healthcare professionals and advanced technologies to make a hospital extraordinary—it takes people like you. At Jefferson Health New Jersey, we're blessed to be part of three amazing communities where people are always eager to give back.

Please Note:  While we are currently accepting Adult applications, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not processing the applications or onboarding new volunteers until further notice.  We will notify applicants when we start to process the applications.  Our summer high school program (junior volunteers) is also suspended until further notice and we are currently not accepting applications.  Please check back for updates.  Thank you.  


Volunteer Orientation & Required Documents

This orientation is provided to allow new volunteers (and those needing an update) to readily access information for meeting the orientation requirements for placement.

*Please note, the link below is for individuals who have applied, interviewed, and received invitation to volunteer orientation. 

Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions about volunteering with Jefferson Health New Jersey, our frequently asked questions page is a good place to start.

Adult Volunteer FAQs
  • How do I become a volunteer?

    First, complete the volunteer application online. Once you have submitted an application, you will receive a confirmation email with further instructions.  Once all requested paperwork is received by the Volunteer Office, you will be notified of upcoming Information Sessions.

  • What is involved in the information session or interview?

    In most cases, Information Sessions are held in lieu of individual interviews to discuss all Jefferson Health New Jersey opportunities as well as requirements.

  • What happens after the information session?

    If you and the volunteer manager agree that there is an appropriate opening for you, you will need to attend a mandatory orientation session, undergo a criminal background check and complete a health screening (including PPD testing and flu shot) before starting your volunteer assignment. Orientation sessions are held several times a month at the various hospital campuses.

  • What is the health screening?

    The health screening is completed free of charge by the hospital at our Employee Health Office located on our Stratford Campus. There are currently two components: a tuberculosis test (PPD) and, in the fall, a mandatory flu shot.  This must be completed prior to your start date.

  • How long before I can start volunteering?

    Depending on your availability, the orientation schedule, the background check process, and the length of time it takes you to get you medical clearance, it will a minimum of several weeks before you will be able to start.

  • Is everyone accepted as a volunteer?

    Not everyone is accepted as a volunteer. There are several reasons for this: There may not be an appropriate placement, or the rules and regulations may not be agreeable to some potential volunteers. Also, during the interview process, the volunteer manager may determine that based on your skills and the available opportunities, there isn't a match.

  • How much time must a volunteer commit?

    We ask our volunteers to commit to four hours per week. It is generally preferred that this be done in one shift, but there are a limited number of positions that allow the time to be split over two days.

  • Can I work more than four hours?

    Certainly, provided the department you are volunteering for has the need.

  • What if I can only volunteer for a few weeks?

    Given the time that is invested in orientation, training and the health screening, we ask that volunteers commit to at least a six-month or 100 hour time frame. The only exception is for our summer junior volunteers when opportunities are available.

  • Why should I volunteer?

    Volunteering is rewarding for all. Patients and visitors to our hospitals benefit every day from the dedication and support of our volunteers who, in turn, know they are doing something valuable. Our hospitals and facilities would not be the caring institutions they are today without our volunteers. Volunteers also meet new people, learn new skills and stay active. Aside from the intangible benefits, our volunteers receive a free meal in the hospital cafeteria during their shift and two annual events recognizing their contributions to Jefferson Health New Jersey.

Junior Volunteer FAQs
  • What is a Junior Volunteer?

    Junior Volunteer is a hospital volunteer between the ages of 14 and 17. Junior Volunteers supply those helping hands that make departments run smoothly and patients more comfortable. A Junior Volunteer's eager and enthusiastic personality gives an added dimension to hospital care. In giving of themselves, Junior Volunteers help patients and staff, learn about health-related careers, promote good hospital and community relations, develop personal communication skills, and receive satisfaction from unselfishly helping others.

  • What are the qualifications for Junior Volunteers?

    Junior Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age (and entering 9th grade).  They must have a desire to perform a job well, be dependable and willing to accept responsibility. Junior Volunteers must have written parental consent and supply the volunteer office with an updated immunization record. Above all else, Junior Volunteers must be interested in helping others and able to commit to fours hours a week of volunteer service.

  • How do I become a Junior Volunteer?

    Applications are accepted twice a year: in January for summer service and the end of August for school-year service, should positions be available. You can apply online when applications become available. Once you have submitted a completed application, the volunteer office will contact you to invite you to an Information Session. Please note that spaces fill quickly so it's best to get your application in early.

  • What is involved in the information session?

    Information sessions are held to offer potential junior volunteers an overview of the program including rules and regulations, as well as potential assignments.

  • What happens after the information session?

    After the information sessions, the next requirement is an orientation. Many times these are held in conjunction with the information sessions and the specifics will be sent to you after your application is submitted. Volunteers must attend an orientation class before they start.

  • Do Junior Volunteers wear a uniform?

    Yes, Junior Volunteers must purchase the teal blue Junior Volunteer shirt at orientation (cost: $16). The shirt is worn with khaki pants and white sneakers. Volunteers are not permitted to have body piercings (other than ears).


  • What are some of the jobs a Junior Volunteer might do?

    A Junior Volunteer runs errands for patients, nurses and other hospital staff, makes beds, fills water pitchers, restocks supplies, supplies clerical assistance in various departments, answers phones, greets visitors, etc.