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Volunteering

Adult Volunteer Program Assignments

Listed below are some of the areas that utilize volunteer services. All positions may not be available at the time you apply. Please make note of those positions that interest you and discuss them during your interview. If you have an area of interest that is not listed below, be sure to mention it to your interviewer. Volunteers usually serve two to six hours per day, once a week.

Cuddlers

A small group of volunteers works closely under the direction and supervision of the neonatal nursing staff, providing stimulation and affection for the premature babies in the Neonatal Nursery. Assignments are available seven days a week, days or evenings. This service usually has a waiting list of one to two years. Adults only may apply. Daytime openings are more frequently available. Contact Volunteer Services for additional information on this particular program.

Dental Clinics

Limited openings are available in various areas of the Dental Clinics. Positions can often be arranged in the records rooms of the various clinics.

Emergency Department

There are two kinds of volunteers in our Emergency Department. One is to help restock supplies, run errands, and perform other tasks under the supervision of the charge nurse. The other has more patient contact including assisting with non-medical needs, providing support and comfort, delivering meal trays, etc. Both of these assignments are available days and evenings, seven days a week.

Gift Shop

Volunteers sell and wrap gifts, operate the cash register, and stock shelves. Profits from the Connucopia Gift Shop are used to benefit a variety of UConn Health Auxiliary projects and for scholarship assistance to dental and medical students. Connucopia hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m.

Hospital Information Desk

For the hundreds of visitors and patients that arrive each day, volunteers provide supportive assistance. This volunteer is stationed in the Hospital Lobby and assists with greeting visitors, providing information, transporting patients, and running errands for patients and staff. When time permits, volunteers work on mailings and other clerical projects.

Medical Arts and Research Building/Dowling South

These volunteers are stationed in the lobby of the Medical Arts and Research Building or Dowling South and assist with greeting patients, providing information and directions, and transporting patients. Training is provided by the Department of Volunteer Services. This assignment is available Monday through Friday.

Medical Records

Volunteers assist staff with filing and sorting, among other varied clerical tasks. Data entry work may also be available.

Nurturing Families Network

The Nurturing Families Network at UConn Health is a family development and family support program offering support to new parents through telephone contact, home visitation, and prenatal and parenting group education programs. Volunteers are invited to assist us in our work with families in a variety of activities including administrative tasks, providing non-clinical emotional telephone support to new moms, and help preparing for and/or co-facilitating children's activities groups.

Office Volunteer

Many departments utilize volunteers in their offices. Volunteers practice a variety of clerical skills such as data entry, word processing, filing, mail preparation, photocopying, and/or telephone reception. Offices that accept volunteers include Occupational Health, the A.J. Pappanikou Center for Disabilities, and the Pharmacy. Assignments are available weekdays only. Volunteers may often arrange flexible schedules with their supervisors. Training will be provided on the job.

Oncology: The Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center, Jean Marie Colbert Cancer Center Inpatient Unit

Volunteers will visit patients and their families (when possible) in the centers. They will also run errands for staff, assist with clerical duties, and transport patients within the hospital. Patients are adults who are receiving treatment for cancer both in the hospital and as outpatients.

Patient Care Units

Volunteers are often needed in the units on the floor. Some of the volunteer duties include visiting with patients, working with the unit clerk, assembling charts, filing, delivering water, and running errands. This assignment is available days and evenings, seven days a week.

Safety Volunteers

Safety volunteers have a very specific job on our patient units. In the best interest of patient safety, these volunteers will be assigned to a unit for a period of four hours at a time. They will check that the bed alarm is on, that the bed is plugged into an appropriate receptacle, and that the patient’s belongings are within reach. These volunteers will make other safety checks designed to improve patient safety. Volunteers will have the opportunity to talk with patients since they will be checking on them once every hour. Safety volunteers will have additional specialized training before starting this position.

Thrift Shop

The Auxiliary Thrift Shop is located on Park Road in West Hartford. Volunteers staff the shop, selling and stocking merchandise Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds from the shop benefit the projects of the Auxiliary.

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