Volunteer Services

SAMC Volunteer Information

  • What is a volunteer? 5218Volunteers
  • What is a SAMC volunteer?
  • What type of person is a SAMC volunteer?
  • What type of person is a hospital volunteer?
    • Adult Volunteers
    • TeenAge Volunteers (TAVs)
  • How are volunteers prepared for service?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Volunteer Application
    • TAV Application

What is a Volunteer?

A volunteer is someone who gives the most precious gifts of all - their time, their talents and most of all themselves. When YOU volunteer, you become an integral part of a hospital that is committed to delivering the highest quality health care.

What is a Southeast Alabama Medical Center volunteer?

Our volunteers are true stars - exceptional individuals who take the extra steps that make a difference in another person's life. They help in countless ways by making a child laugh or an older person smile. Our volunteers are caring, dedicated and committed. Through their many meaningful activities, our volunteers help further the objectives of SAMC and provide the best possible support and comfort for our patients, their families and visitors.

What type of person is a hospital volunteer?

The truth is that there is no one type. It takes special people like you to give freely of their valuable time and talents to help others. Here at SAMC, we offer two separate programs, Adult and TeenAge Volunteers (TAVs).

Adult Volunteers

At SAMC, you'll find volunteers from all walks of life from retirees to homemakers to new-comers into the community. Schedules are set to meet your individual needs and the needs of the department which you are serving. Preferred times are noted on the application. Assignments are made as often as possible, to meet individual requests. A minimum of four hours of service per week is requested, however, more time may be volunteered.

How are volunteers prepared for service?

Volunteers are interviewed and carefully placed in a service where their interests, talents and schedules complement SAMC's needs. We provide an orientation and training program.

Orientation helps a volunteer to:

  • Learn about the goals and visions of SAMC
  • Become familiar with the hospital and various departments
  • Meet other volunteers
  • Receive special safety instructions

Training: Each volunteer begins with a temporary assignment and new volunteers are paired with experienced workers until they feel comfortable working alone.

Is there a dress code?

  • Adult Volunteers wear a casual red coat (provided by SAMC) along with blue/black pants and a white shirt.
  • TAVs are required to wear a uniform of navy blue pants and a green polo (provided by SAMC).
  • All volunteers are required to wear the uniform and an identifying name badge while on duty. Above all, each volunteer wears a big smile.

TAVs (TeenAge Volunteers)- A TAV is a student age 14 or older in grades 9-12, who has a desire to volunteer his/her time and talent to help others. It is someone who believes that people can make a difference and who is willing to prove it.

Basic qualifications:

  • Have a real interest in volunteering
  • Possess a good attitude
  • Be dependable
  • Have a genuine love for people

Requirements:

  • Applicant is required to have and maintain a scholastic average of "C" or above.
  • Must submit statement on his/her desire to work in a medical facility and/or health care field.
  • Must provide names and addresses of two people from whom we can request references.
  • Required to work a minimum number of hours per year. These hours must be served at 12 hours per month during the school year and 24 hours per month when school is out.
  • Must be in good physical and emotional health.
  • Must have parents'/legal guardian's consent.
  • Must complete a physical and have a TB skin test provided by SAMC.

The rewards of volunteering for a TAV:

  • Gain new skills
  • Build new friendships
  • Make a difference in someone else's life
  • Keep active
  • Ability to explore a possible career
  • Take on new challenges
  • Become a valued part of a team
  • Senior TAVs can apply for college scholarships