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Volunteer Opportunities

Overview | Volunteer Program | Ambassador Program
Junior Volunteer Program | Auxiliary | Orientation and Training | Application and Contact Information

Overview
When you become a volunteer at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, you join a team of caring professionals whose mission is to improve the health of the people in the community they serve. Together with physicians on the medical staff, the vision is to be recognized by the community for faith-based care delivery, illness prevention and health education. A variety of volunteer opportunities exist, from interacting with patients and families to working behind the scenes.

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Volunteer Program
Volunteers are dedicated men and women, at least 18 years of age, from different backgrounds, who share a common desire to help others. To remain active, volunteers are asked to commit to a four-hour shift each week for six months. Volunteers can choose a flexible schedule including days, nights, weekends and evenings.

In addition to helping others, volunteers have the opportunity to meet new friends, learn new skills, gain new insights and achieve a sense of accomplishment. When you help someone in need, you receive many personal rewards. The hospital also offers several benefits:

  • Free meal when working
  • Free parking  
  • Educational training
  • Social events
  • Discounted membership at fitness center

Volunteers are needed in these areas:

  • Ambassador program
  • Doris Kupferle Breast Center
  • Emergency department
  • Fitness center
  • Flower room
  • Gift shop
  • Hospital tours
  • Information desk
  • Intensive care
  • Klabzuba Cancer Center
  • Oncology  
  • Popcorn machine
  • Surgery recovery
  • Surgery waiting room

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Ambassador Program
Ambassadors are one unique segment of volunteers at Texas Health Fort Worth. The role of an ambassador is to welcome visitors and help them navigate through the hospital.

Ambassadors must have good communication skills and a great attitude, must be familiar with all departments in the hospital and must be prepared to walk a great deal. Ambassadors receive several hours of training and orientation to guest services, valet and the information desk. The ambassador uniform includes a distinctive navy blazer.

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Junior Volunteer Program
A summer program is offered for students ages 14 and above who have completed the eighth grade. Junior volunteers accepted into the program must have parental permission, must provide a copy of their current immunization record and are required to have a TB skin test. Junior volunteers are asked to wear a uniform while on duty so that patients, staff members and other volunteers can easily identify them. The uniform consists of a polo shirt, which is provided by the hospital auxiliary, long khaki pants and white tennis shoes. Application packets will be available March 15 to April 15. Parents and guardians of new junior volunteers must attend a mandatory information session. The information session date will be provided in the application packet. Junior volunteers report to Tammy Patterson, gift shop manager.

Summer Opportunities for College Students
Applications will be available April 15 to May 15 for college students wanting to volunteer in the summer. Orientation will be scheduled in June, with the exact date given once application accepted and positions assigned. College volunteers report to Nan Branch, volunteer manager.

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Auxiliary
The Texas Health Fort Worth Auxiliary, founded on April 17, 1940, has provided fundraising support for projects throughout the hospital including involvement in the Klabzuba Library, the SwimEx tank for the Ben Hogan Center, scholarships and prostate research. The auxiliary currently has more than 300 members who volunteer their time and talent in all departments of the hospital and who provide bimonthly educational meetings.

Scholarships for 2014-15 are now being accepted. Please review the scholarship criteria before completing the application.

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Orientation and Training
All volunteers must attend a general orientation and an annual in-service. Volunteers are required to have a tuberculosis screening prior to beginning volunteer placement. This is a simple test done free of charge at orientation by the employee health nurse. The TB results need to be updated annually.

The Volunteer Services department is part of the hospital organization and it operates as any other department. Therefore, volunteers are subject to hospital rules and regulations. Volunteers are expected to be on time for their assignments and are required to notify their assigned department if they must be absent.

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Application/Contact Information
Volunteers must complete an application, then you will be called for an interview.

Adult and college volunteers:
Nan Branch
Manager, Volunteer Services
817-250-3160

Junior volunteers and auxiliary:
Tammy Patterson
Manager, Gift Shop
817-250-3019

For more information, contact the volunteer office at 817-250-3020, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Apply now to become a volunteer at Texas Health Fort Worth.

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