Make a difference and become part of our dedicated team of volunteers for Lancaster General Health! As a volunteer you will develop and learn new skills and interests, make new friends, serve your community, and take pleasure in knowing that you are helping others.

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions about volunteering.

After I become a volunteer, what are the requirements of maintaining my active status as a volunteer for LG Health?

All volunteers must complete an annual skills training exam (fire safety, patient confidentiality, hand hygiene and more), a one-step tuberculosis screening and flu shot.

Am I able to shadow a doctor or medical professional?

We do not offer shadowing experiences through the volunteer office. For more information on the hospital’s Job Shadow Program, please visit our career site.

Are there programs specifically for high school and college students?

There are limited opportunities specific to those seeking educational experiences. A minimum of 50 hours is required. For high school juniors and seniors, more information is available under our high school volunteer program. College students wishing to volunteer over the summer must apply by April 30 and be available to attend an orientation session in April or May.

Do you have any programs for volunteers who are interested in doing one activity, event or project?

We currently do not have any programs for episodic volunteers interested in providing one-time service or service for short periods of time.

How am I trained for my role?

Volunteers attend a two-hour general orientation after being accepted into a program and receive on-the-job training for their specific role. Opportunities to shadow a seasoned volunteer are available in most departments.

How long does it take to become a volunteer?

Typically six to eight weeks depending on the time required for health screenings, criminal background check, and training.

How often am I expected to volunteer?

Volunteers work an average of two to four hours per week. We ask you to serve a minimum of 100 hours per year.

If I apply but decide not to volunteer right away, how long will you keep my application?

Applications are kept for 90 days.

If I volunteer for LG Health, will I have a better chance of getting a job in the system?

Volunteering is a great way to enhance your resume, but does not increase your likelihood of obtaining a paid position. If you are seeking employment, please visit our career site.

May I volunteer at LG Health for court-ordered community service hours?

We do not accept volunteers requiring court-ordered hours.

Must I receive an annual flu shot?

Lancaster General Health is committed to the safety of our patients, employees and community and has a mandatory influenza (flu) vaccination program. All volunteers working in our facilities from November 1 through March 31 are required to be immunized. The shot will be administered free of charge.

What benefits are offered to volunteers at LG Health?

As an active volunteer, you are eligible for discounts at our convenience pharmacy and cafés. For every 50 hours of service, meal tickets are issued on a bi-monthly basis. Volunteers are also eligible for discounted tickets to area amusements and activities.

What do I wear when volunteering?

All volunteers are required to wear an LG Health volunteer badge. Most volunteer assignments require a volunteer uniform that you can purchase through the volunteer office for $10. Business casual attire and closed-toed footwear are worn. Jeans, hats, excessive jewelry, and facial piercings are not permitted.

What is your smoking policy?

Lancaster General Health is a tobacco-free environment. The use of tobacco is prohibited on any LG Health property. All newly hired volunteers are screened for nicotine usage and must be tobacco-free. If a prospective volunteer tests positive for nicotine, they are required wait six months to reapply, providing the use of tobacco products has discontinued.

What type of screening/medical tests/vaccinations are required to volunteer?

  • Two letters of reference
  • Background check
  • Two-step tuberculosis (TB) test
  • Documentation of two MMRs (Rubella, Rubeola, and mumps) and two Varicella (chicken pox) vaccinations and/or immunization titers
  • Drug, alcohol and nicotine test
  • Annual flu shot

All medical tests/immunizations are free to volunteers.

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