Volunteer Services provides over 200 volunteers to the hospital who are giving approx. 25,000 hours per year to free nurses and techs to be more hands on with patients.
College Station Medical Center is most appreciative to all the people who give so unselfishly of their time and energy to volunteer in the hospital. Every aspect of what we do at the MED is pointed toward providing the highest quality in holistic healthcare. We feel that our volunteers are a vital part of meeting these needs. The hospital has two volunteers programs: the Sunshine Auxiliary and the Aggieland Volunteer Program.
Sunshine Auxiliary volunteers serve the College Station Medical Center by assisting patients, visitors, staff, and anyone else who may need help. The Sunshine Auxiliary was established in 1974 and is the group who volunteer year round. They annually provide more than 10,000 volunteer hours. They have elected officers, an elected board, many working committees, and regular meetings. This group has also provided 100 plus Healthcare Scholarships totaling over $100,000 in the past ten years. Most of our Sunshine Auxiliary volunteers give 4.5 hours per week.
If you are interested in a fun, exciting and most fulfilling experience as you volunteer helping others, the College Station Medical Center has a place for you. You can download the application packet below. If you need more information call 979-764-5164 or e-mail Jeff.Borcherding@csmedcenter.com.
Click here to download the Sunshine Auxiliary Volunteer Application.
- What does it cost to be a Sunshine Auxiliary Volunteer?
There is no cost to be a volunteer, and there are no dues required for auxiliary membership. Additionally, your ID badge and uniform are provided by the hospital.
- What is required in order to become a Sunshine Auxiliary Volunteer?
All volunteers must be willing to volunteer 4.5 hours per week, must have a current negative TB test (provided for free by the hospital), submit to a drug screening and background check, and complete a 3 hour orientation at the hospital.
- Where do Sunshine Auxiliary Volunteers work in the hospital?
Sunshine Auxiliary Volunteers can be used by most hospital departments. However, they are typically used at the two welcome and information desks in the hospital’s lobbies, and in the gift shop. At the welcome and information desks, volunteers welcome guests to the hospital, escort them to their desired destination, make deliveries to rooms, and serve as liaison between clinical areas and waiting family and friends, among other things.
- Are there benefits to being a Sunshine Auxiliary Volunteer at the hospital?
Yes! Our Sunshine volunteers receive reserved parking spaces, free annual flu shots and TB tests, free blood pressure checks, a discount in the hospital’s gift shop, and a free meal in the cafeteria each time you serve. Auxiliary members also receive membership in the Texas Association of Healthcare Volunteers (THV). The greatest benefit to volunteering is the fulfillment that comes from knowing that you are helping others.
- Who can become a Sunshine Auxiliary Volunteer?
Anyone who is over 18, is willing to commit to 4.5 hours of service per week, and is physically able may volunteer. This is an ideal opportunity for stay-at-home moms, retirees, and anyone who has some extra time on their hands.
Each semester around 100 students from Texas A&M and Blinn Junior College volunteer at The Med through our Aggieland Volunteer Program. As students, Aggieland Volunteers typically commit to a minimum of 4 hours per week for one semester or more. Many of these volunteers are interested in entering a healthcare field and are looking for experience in a hospital setting. Others volunteer purely out of a spirit of altruism. Our Aggieland volunteers serve in a wide variety of roles throughout the hospital.
If you are interested in a fun, exciting and fulfilling experience as you volunteer helping others, the College Station Medical Center has a place for you. You can download the application packet below, or pick one up at the hospital’s information desk. If you need more information call 979-764-5164 or e-mail Jeff.Borcherding@csmedcenter.com.
Click here to download the Aggieland Volunteer Application.
**Volunteer positions are filled quickly, so it is highly recommended that applications be turned in at least one month before the beginning of each semester. If your application is received after all positions have been filled, it will be held for the following semester.
- Who can become an Aggieland Volunteer? Anyone who is over 18, is willing to commit to 4 hours of service per week for at least one semester, and is physically able may volunteer. This is an ideal opportunity for those majoring in healthcare-related fields, as well as business, accounting, human resources, etc.
- Does it cost anything to be a volunteer? There is no cost to be a volunteer. All preliminary screenings are provided by CSMC at no cost to you. The volunteer is, however, responsible for obtaining khaki pants/skirt and a maroon shirt (no t-shirts), to be worn as your volunteer uniform.
- What is required in order to become an Aggieland Volunteer? All volunteers must complete and submit a volunteer application (above), have a current negative TB test, submit to a drug screening and background check, and complete an orientation. Orientation is typically completed in two parts. The first part will consist of reading through some materials at home. After that, you will come to the hospital for a 1-2 hour in-person orientation (duration depends on the number of participants).
- Where do Aggieland Volunteers work in the hospital? Aggieland Volunteers can be used by most hospital departments, clinical and non-clinical.
- What kind of work do Aggieland Volunteers do? All work that volunteers do assists staff people with their tasks – volunteers do not replace employees. Volunteers in clinical units assist the nurses with various non-clinical tasks such as meeting patients’ comfort needs (refilling water pitchers, delivering warm blankets), answering telephones & call lights, rounding on patients, serving as a courier between departments within the hospital, setting up rooms in preparation for the arrival of new patients, etc. Volunteers are never allowed to perform clinical tasks (i.e. checking vitals, etc.). In non-clinical departments, volunteers primarily assist with clerical tasks (copying, filing, putting together mailings, etc.).
- Are there benefits to being an Aggieland Volunteer at the hospital?
Yes! Our Aggieland Volunteers receive free annual flu shots and TB tests and a discount in the hospital’s gift shop. Aggieland Volunteers receive invaluable experience in a major hospital setting, which looks great on resumes, as well as school and job applications. Aggieland Volunteers who have volunteered at least 40 hours in a single semester are eligible to receive an official letter of recommendation upon request. Of course, the greatest benefit to volunteering is the fulfillment that comes from knowing that you are helping others.