FAQ | Volunteers | Salem Health
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FAQs about volunteering for Salem Health

How do I start?

The first step is to apply online and sign up for an interview/info session. You’ll learn all about our program to see if we’re a good match for you. 

Why attend an info session?

So you can learn more about our program before making a volunteer commitment.

Why is there a background check?

Our goal is to provide the best experience for our patients. One way we do this is to screen those that have potential contact with our patients, visitors and staff through a background check.

Can I get a job after volunteering?

Although we do have some volunteers who have gained employment after they have volunteered, it is not guaranteed. If you are looking for a job, apply for a job

I am afraid to interview.  Why is there an interview?

An interview is our opportunity to see if you are a good match to serve. We use this time with you to learn about your interests, ask screening questions and discuss possible placement options.

Can I volunteer more than one day a week?

Yes, but only after you know that serving one day a week suits your lifestyle.

Can I hold babies?

You have to be a volunteer in good standing for a minimum of one year to qualify. 

How can I have a hands-on experience to help me with my health care degree?

Volunteers do not provide hands-on medical experience with patients and are not permitted to perform any clinical duties — including blood pressure checks, temperature reads, etc. 

Interested in job shadowing? If you are interested in job shadowing for a health care career, check out our Career Exploration Program. Job shadowing is a three-hour experience with a health care professional. This is NOT a hands-on experience.