Volunteering at Cooper
Who Are Our Volunteers?
Cooper volunteers are men and women from your community who care about Cooper and contribute their time and energy to assist the hospital in a wide variety of activities. Cooper also has a student volunteer program for those between the ages of 14 and 18 (students must be in or about to enter 9th grade). Student volunteers often select their assignments according to their career goals and interest.
Cooper volunteers contribute their skills, time and energy to more than 50 different assignments. Here is just a sampling of their varied service responsibilities throughout the hospital:
- Welcoming and escorting new patients to their rooms
- Transporting patients to and from testing areas
- Assisting patients in various hospital departments and on nursing floors
- Surveying patients through the Patient Relations Department
- Bringing a selection of books, magazines and gift items to the patients at their bedsides
- Providing information and assistance to visitors at the Information Desk
- Child Life Program - assisting pediatric patients in recreational play and education
- Cuddling Program - holding, feeding, and comforting babies in the newborn nursery
- Serving as a communications link between the nursing staff and the families of surgery patients in the Surgical Patient Waiting Room
- Working in the Hospital Gift Shop
- Typing, filing, photocopying, collating and other clerical work
- Sorting, marking, packaging and delivering supplies
- Assisting in staff mailings
- Answering telephones
- Running errands and delivering small packages
Prospective volunteers must make an appointment for a personal interview with the Director of Volunteers or the Volunteer Assistant. In this interview, you will discuss your needs and those of the hospital. We will then suggest a mutually rewarding volunteer position for you. As soon as we've matched you with a suitable position, we will schedule you with the department in which you will be working. At that time we will discuss your time commitment and job.
All volunteers will participate in an orientation program. Training is provided on the job by the hospital staff or by other volunteers. In addition to verbal instructions, departments and services have written job descriptions to help define the volunteer's duties.