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Becoming a Volunteer


Application

The first step in becoming a volunteer is to complete an application.  Those age 14-17 years old must complete a Junior Volunteer application. All others should complete an adult application.

Interview

Once the application has been completed, adult applicants should contact the Volunteer manager at (812) 450-2235 to schedule an interview. 

Junior volunteer applicants and their parent/guardian should complete the application and submit it to the student’s school counselor for final completion and submission to the Volunteer Office. The students will be contacted for an interview by a panel of adult volunteers.

Placement

During the interview, the Volunteer manager and adult applicant will determine if there is an appropriate assignment open.  To meet regulatory requirements, criminal background checks are done on adult applicants before acceptance into the volunteer program and monthly thereafter.

Junior volunteer applicants will be evaluated based on counselor recommendation and interview. New juniors accepted into the program will be expected to volunteer one 8-hour day per week during the summer and will rotate to several different departments during the day.

Completion of Tuberculosis (TB) testing and volunteer forms

Once accepted into the program, the applicant must be tested for TB two times.  This is an Indiana State Department of Health requirement.  The Volunteer Office will provide the applicant with additional information and authorization to have the testing done at one of the Deaconess Comp Centers, at no charge.
Emergency Department volunteer applicants must provide proof of immunizations.  Their immunization history will be reviewed by Comp Center staff.  If it is determined that immunizations are not up-to-date, the applicant will be asked to have a titer drawn at the Comp Center (at the expense of Deaconess) to determine immunity.  If the titer indicates immunization is needed, the applicant will need to do so at his/her expense.

Orientation/training

Once all requirements have been completed, a start date will be scheduled.  All completed forms will be collected at this time, in addition to proof of TB testing and any other applicable health requirements.

A uniform is provided to adult volunteers at no charge.  Junior volunteers are required to purchase a uniform.

The new volunteer will be trained on how to track hours volunteered and given an orientation checklist to be submitted to the assigned department for completion.  The assigned department will provide additional orientation and training.

Membership Classes

Adults accepted into the Deaconess Hospital volunteer program may choose the class of Auxiliary membership that best fits their needs.  Auxiliary classes of membership are:
  • Active members – those who participate in service programs of the Auxiliary with a minimum of 50 hours per year.  Dues are $10 per year.
  • Inactive members – those who are interested in the purpose of the Auxiliary but do not participate in service programs.  Dues are $25 per year.
  • Honorary members – those who are recognized for outstanding service to the Auxiliary.  An honorary member is considered a non-voting member, and they are not charged membership dues.
  • Life members – those who make a single payment of not less than $200.  Life members may choose to be active or inactive.

Volunteer Benefits

  • Fitness Center
  • Company store
  • Deaconess Family Pharmacy
  • Free flu shots
  • Recreation Commission events – which include hospital-sponsored trips to outlet malls and major league baseball games.