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Volunteer

Make a difference...

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Becoming a volunteer at Jersey City Medical Center is a way for you to give something back to the community, develop new skills, make new friends, explore a career in health care, and/ or gain hands-on work experience.

Our volunteers range from teenagers to retirees, and many in between. These are both people who love keeping busy and those who are already busy, but somehow find the time to help others.

As a volunteer, you will play an integral part in the life of our hospital, complementing the work of our professional staff and physicians and making a difference in the hospital experience of our patients.

Opportunities

There are many opportunities for volunteers at Jersey City Medical Center. Here are just a few examples of what our volunteers do:

  • Provide companionship and support to patients of all ages hospitalized on nursing floors, in the ER, or in other patient areas, so as to make their hospital stay as positive as possible
  • Act as an advocate and liaison for patients and their families
  • Dispense information to patients, their families and guests either in person or on the telephone
  • Act as a messenger or patient escort
  • Circulate books, magazines, newspapers, and games
  • Perform clerical duties

Unique opportunities:

  • Musicians to visit patient areas (audition required)
  • Lobby piano players (audition required)
  • Eucharistic ministers
  • JCMC Auxiliary: meets monthly to organize fundraisers and projects benefiting the hospital.
  • Magazine collection: Donate used magazines in good condition for our bookcart. Students will receive 10 volunteer service hours in exchange for 100 magazines.

The Department of Volunteer Services will work to assign you to an area that meets your interests. You can serve during the day, in the evening and/or on the weekend.

Requirements

  • Minimum age:
    • 14 for gift shop, book cart, or clerical duties
    • 16 to volunteer in patient areas
  • Adults must have a social security number (for criminal background screening)
  • To ensure the safety of our patients, staff, and the volunteers themselves, all volunteers must speak, read, and be understood in English

Commitment

Minimum hours per week Maximum hours per week Minimum duration of service
Ages 18 + 4 hours (as 1 shift) 20 hours 6 months
Ages 14-17 3 hours (as 1 shift) 3 hours during the school year
20 hours during the summer
50 hours

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Summer High School Volunteers

High School students wishing to volunteer ONLY during the summer months must submit their application no later than May 15th.

Those wishing to continue their volunteer work during the school year may submit their application at any time.

Letters of hours will be provided only once the minimum 50 hour commitment has been fulfilled. Rules listed above for maximum hours per week apply.

Summer College Volunteers

College students wishing to volunteer ONLY during the summer months must submit their application no later than May 15th.

Those wishing to continue their volunteer work during the school year may submit their application at any time.

Letters of hours will be provided only once a minimum of 50 hours have been fulfilled. Rules listed above for maximum hours per week apply.

How to Apply

Completed applications should be returned via mail, fax, or scanning and emailing to:

Volunteer Services
Jersey City Medical Center
30 Regent Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Email: JCMCVolunteer@rwjbh.org

Be sure to list the complete mailing addresses for your references including the apartment number if there is one. If the references address is a place of business or a college, please include this.

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