• Volunteer FAQs

    Q: What are the requirements?  
    A: Adult Volunteers must be 18 years or older, complete application and health clearance forms, pass a background check and attend an orientation session. 

    Q. How do I get started?  
    A. Fill out a volunteer application. Our program is rewarding and fun, but demands a significant service-based commitment on your part. Please carefully consider your schedule and your ability to commit your time.

    Q. What is my time commitment? 
    A. Volunteers keep a regular schedule of one shift per week. We do ask you commit to at least one year of service. Unfortunately, we do not have short term volunteer opportunities. Most shifts are four hours long, and nearly all shifts occur during regular weekday business hours.

    Q. May I volunteer more than one shift per week? 
     A. Yes! Many of our volunteers give their time more than once a week, sometimes even in two or more service areas. We are especially interested in recruiting long-term volunteers. Many of our volunteers have been with us for many years and have completed thousands of volunteer hours.

    Q. Who should I list as references?  
    A. You may list teachers, friends, neighbors, associates at church or social groups or anyone who can provide a reference regarding your character.

    Q. Why do I need to complete a Health Clearance? A. We need a Volunteer Health Clearance form to show proof that you:

    •Have had a negative tuberculosis tests (called a PPD) within the last 12 months.
    •Have received your immunizations for, or are immune to, rubella, measles, and mumps
    •Are in good physical and mental health

    Q. Where do I get a TB/PPD test?  
    A. You will obtain your TB/PPD when you attend your individual orientation session.

    Q. I think I had my immunization as a child, but I cannot find my records. What should I do?  
    A. This is a common experience. If you cannot find records of your immunization, you may prove your immunity by having a blood titer test. This will be ordered when you have you obtain your blood test for TB.

    Volunteering is fun, rewarding and an essential part of St. John's Hospital. We look forward to having you as a part of our program!

    Interested? Apply online here

    To learn more  

    Call (217) 544-6464, ext. 44205 or email us at sjs-samaritans@hshs.org