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FAQs about volunteering for Salem Health

Now that we caught your interest in becoming a volunteer, here are some of our most frequently asked questions.


What exactly will I be asked to do?

Now that you learned about our various volunteer roles after watching the information session we'll work with you during your interview to find a role that fits best with your interests and skills. Then once you come on board, we'll train you to ensure you are comfortable with the role expectations. 


Can I get a job after volunteering?

Although we cannot guarantee an employment opportunity after you've been a volunteer with Salem Health, it is a perfect way to get you interested in the health care field and learn about what to expect. If you're looking for a job opportunity, check out our career opportunities.


Can I volunteer more than one day a week?

Yes, if serving more than one day a week suits your lifestyle, we're happy to discuss this option with you.


How do I know if I'll be a good fit with Salem Health?

One of Salem Health’s core tenets is Respect for People. We believe that means being inclusive and equitable, honoring diversity, and fostering a culture of learning. We’re committed to facilitating a welcoming environment for everyone while celebrating and learning from our differences.


Will I make a real impact?

All volunteer roles help patients, visitors, staff and/or fellow volunteers. Daily, volunteers share how they made a difference for someone. For example, our Connection Volunteers who complete an average of 170 rides per month throughout Polk County, or our Emergency Department volunteers who see and help with over 100 patients and their families daily.


Can I work with parents and newborns?

In order to serve with our most vulnerable little ones, you must be a volunteer in good standing for a minimum of one year before being considered for the role.


Will I be safe from COVID and other things?

Salem Health is a place where the safety of our patients and staff means everything to us. We take all safety precautions seriously and as a volunteer you will learn and adhere to our high hospital standards.


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're 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 also NOT a hands-on experience, but it will help you learn more about health care roles.