Volunteer Opportunities

Welcome to the Volunteer Resources Department at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and thank you for your interest in our program! We offer volunteer programs for adults and teens.

Volunteer Opportunities SBMC

Volunteers play a vital role in the high-quality care that Saint Barnabas Medical Center is known for, and help us enhance the patient and visitor experience every day.

By becoming a volunteer, you are choosing to be part of a dynamic team who truly touches the lives of patients, families, visitors, and staff. By contributing both your time and talent, you’ll be helping others, meeting new people, and learning new skills. While this is a very rewarding experience, it also requires a significant commitment - both in terms of service hours and the prerequisites that must be met as part of our process.

Our volunteers assist in vital roles in virtually every area of the Medical Center and the Ambulatory Care Center including the Emergency Department, Child Life, Information Desk, Surgical Reception, Patient Transport, Pastoral Care, and Pet Therapy, among many others. Together we engage, collaborate, and partner as volunteers providing invaluable time, attention, knowledge, and skills.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I volunteer at Saint Barnabas Medical Center?

While volunteers offer their services free of charge, they receive many benefits: They meet new people, make new friends, share their knowledge or learn new skills, and most of all, volunteers receive the satisfaction that comes from being needed and helping others. Volunteering at Saint Barnabas Medical Center gives you the opportunity to experience all of this in a world-class healthcare setting. Having a background in volunteer services can also be beneficial when you are applying for education or employment opportunities.

Do you always need volunteers?

We almost always need qualified and committed volunteers. At certain times of the year, our program reaches capacity and we cannot accept new applications at those times.

Will I be able to shadow a doctor, other healthcare professional or have a clinical experience when I volunteer at the medical center?

Volunteers serve to meet the non-clinical needs of the hospital. The Volunteer Resources Department does not offer internship or shadowing opportunities. Volunteers do not provide or participate in clinical care.

If I become a volunteer, will I get a job at the hospital?

While volunteering is a great way to enhance your resume, it is not a way to increase your chance of employment at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. If you are seeking employment, please go to our Online Career Center.

What is the time commitment required for being a volunteer?

The minimum time commitment is two to four hours per week for one year or more. You must be able to commit to volunteering on a weekly basis.

What are the hours?

Most volunteer assignments fall during regular business hours, M-F, 9am to 5pm. You may inquire about opportunities outside of regular business hours.

Can I choose my volunteer assignment?

We listen carefully to prospective volunteers' interests and goals during the interview process and make every effort to place them in positions that will be interesting to them and applicable to their skill set, while still meeting the needs of the hospital. Every effort is made to place a volunteer in their preferred area, but it is not always possible.

What are the age requirements?

The minimum age to volunteer is 15 years of age for the teen volunteer program. Adults, including college students, of all ages are welcome to join the adult program.

How long does it take for a volunteer application to be processed?

On average, the entire process takes 4-6 weeks. All application requirements must be met prior to starting.

Is there a dress code?

Yes, all volunteers are asked to purchase their volunteer uniform or shirt. The dress code will be reviewed in detail during orientation. A professional, groomed appearance is required for all volunteers at all times.

How do I apply for the adult volunteer program?

Adult applicants, including college students, are encouraged to call to inquire about scheduling an interview, 973-322-5592. Find additional information about our adult volunteer program here.

How do I apply for the teen volunteer program?

Applicants for our Teen Volunteer program (high school freshman, sophomores and juniors age 15 – 18) must call the Volunteer Resources Department for a brief phone interview and to be added to our waiting list. You can find additional information about our Volunteer program here.

Can I volunteer for just the summer?

Unfortunately, our program requires a full year commitment, or more. As such, summer only (or other school breaks) opportunities are not available.

For more information about volunteering at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, please call, 973.322.5592.

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