Volunteer Opportunities

There are over 200 positions available to volunteers throughout the hospital.

The majority of these positions have their hours restricted to weekdays, 8am to 5pm, although some evening and weekend positions are available.


Bed Safety Volunteer
The role of the Bed Safety Volunteer is to visit all patients who have been designated as a “Safety Risk” by the presence of a green triangle on their door.

Volunteers check patients to ensure personal items and the call bell are within reach, and makes sure patients understand how to use their call bell. Volunteers also ensure any other patients needs are met.

John Forro describes the responsibilities and his experience as a Fall Prevention / Safety Monitor Volunteer.

Book Cart
The volunteer book cart makes rounds several times a week to inpatient units and waiting rooms in the hospital. Volunteers offer books, magazines, crossword puzzles, and other printed games. All books and magazines are donated to the program and given away to the patients to keep. All types of books and magazines, in good condition are accepted in all languages.

Clerical Positions
Clerical volunteers are utilized as receptionists, assist with answering phones, and perform various clerical tasks including: mailings, filing, faxing, etc. In addition, volunteers with computer skills can be involved with various computer projects.

Hospitality
Volunteers can respond to patient requests for hospitality services and delivery of Auxiliary Store items. They Assist visitors by giving directions/escorting to locations in Hartford Hospital. They can participate in "friendly visits" with patients as Patient Representative volunteers and perform some data entry.

Information Desk
Volunteers are responsible for greeting and directing patients and visitors throughout the hospital, as well as answering phones inquiries. Volunteers are scheduled on shifts of 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., and 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Keeping in Touch Program
The goal of the Keeping In Touch program is to help maintain cognitive functioning in hospitalized older adults. Volunteers converse with patients, reminisce, read to them, play cards/games, do puzzles, listen to music, etc. Training requires one three-hour training session conducted by the geriatrics department, and two shifts shadowing a current volunteer. Volunteers are then scheduled to come in once a week for a three-hour shift.

Mobility is Medicine
Volunteers trained by the department of Rehabilitation ambulate patients who do not need physical therapy, but rather need encouragement and supervision to get up and walk.

This brief video describes the Mobility Volunteer Program.

Patient Representatives
Volunteers meet/greet new patients, introduce patients and their families to the Patient Advocacy program and to the Patient Bill of Rights. They offer support, act as a resource, resolve non-clinical problems, and report complaints.

Patient Transportation
Volunteers assist with transport of patients and materials throughout the institution.

Pet Therapy
The Hartford Hospital Pet Therapy program began in 1998.

  • Hartford Hospital Pet Therapy volunteers and their dogs can be identified by their Hartford Hospital ID badges
  • All dogs are certified pet therapy dogs
  • All teams are volunteers, and all dogs are owned, loved, and trained by that volunteer
  • Visits occur in most inpatient adult units (except when the patient is on isolation precautions)
  • Requests for visits to admitted patients can be made through the patient’s nurse

Currently Pet Therapy volunteers can be assigned to Nursing Units, Welcome Waggers (lobby greeters), Cancer Centers, the Grace Webb School and some group areas at the Institute of Living. Assignments are based on comfort level, interest and availability. We also provide opportunities for Pet Therapy teams to interact with and support hospital staff.

Requirements: Dogs must be at least one year of age, have a Pet Therapy certification, and be able to show they are up to date on all needed vaccines. Owners must be at least 18 years of age and will be required to complete all on-boarding steps for volunteering. Teams are requested to be available at least one shift per week (same day/time each week).

For more information please complete a Pet Therapy application or contact Eileen Pelletier, Director of Volunteer Services at Eileen.Pelletier@hhchealth.org.


Gifts to the Pet Therapy Program
In honor of their beloved dog Rory, a devoted volunteer and her husband ensured a bright future for Hartford Hospital’s Pet Therapy Program by establishing a fund to support the on-going needs of the program.

If you would like to support this program too, please click here for more information.

Read to Grow
Volunteers are trained to visit new parents in the maternity unit to discuss the importance of reading to children from birth to promote literacy skills. The program also provides a free book to each family. The birth rate at Hartford Hospital is approximately 3,750 per year so there are a lot of families to visit!

Reiki
Provide "hands-on" healing touch and relaxation to patients in specially selected areas of the hospital.

Surgical Family Lounge
Volunteers maintain a supportive environment for families waiting for patients in surgery. They provide updates and assistance with needs as expressed by family members.

Hartford Hospital Existing Volunteers

Use the Volunteer Portal to sign into your volunteer account to:

  • Complete required training
  • Update your contact information
  • Print reports
  • Send us a message
  • And more!

Portal Login

Volunteer at Hartford Hospital:

Volunteer Benefits
There are many benefits available to volunteers including meal passes, free parking, access to a state-of-the-art employee fitness center, and more.

Volunteer Opportunities
There are over 200 positions available to volunteers throughout the hospital. The majority of these positions have their hours restricted to weekdays, 8am to 5pm, although some evening and weekend positions are available.

Become a Volunteer
We accept adults, college students, and teens who have a willingness to share their time, talents, and energy at Hartford Hospital!

Volunteer Requirements
Everything you need to know from: age, health screenings, availability, eligibility, & attire.

Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to frequently asked questions regarding volunteering at Hartford Hospital.

Hartford Hospital Auxiliary
The Hartford Hospital Auxiliary is proud to fund special projects which benefit the Hartford Hospital community. The success of these projects depends on the generous support of our volunteers and sponsors.

Volunteer - Alexandra

Volunteer Services

  • Mailing Address

    Hartford Hospital Volunteer Services
    80 Seymour St.
    Hartford, CT 06102

  • Contact Us

    Phone:
    860.972.2198

    Fax:
    860.545.2195

  • Office Hours

    Monday - Friday
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Volunteers Needed for Read to Grow program

Volunteers are trained to visit new parents in the maternity unit to discuss the importance of reading to children from birth to promote literacy skills. The program also provides a free book to each family.

Opportunities are open on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Shifts must be completed from 4:00-7:00 p.m. and volunteers must commit for a minimum of six months.

The birth rate at Hartford Hospital is approximately 3,750 per year so there are a lot of families to visit!

Please contact Eileen.Pelletier@hhchealth.org or 860.972.2448 for more information.