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Philosopher, poet and novelist Kahlil Gibran wrote, “It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”

This is the philosophy embraced by the Northside Hospital-Atlanta Auxiliary.

Q: Is volunteering for you?
A: Ideal candidates for a volunteer are typically:

Outgoing and friendly
Want to make a contribution
Have reasonably good mobility, as most services require walking and/or pushing wheelchairs
Able to commit to at least one shift per week

Q: What kinds of opportunities are there?
A: The volunteer opportunities at Northside facilities are rich and varied, and currently exist in the following primary support areas:

Customer Service
Patient and Family Support
Community Outreach

Q: What type of services do you offer?
A: Possible activities include, but are not limited to:

Computer support for Gift Shop
Taking photos of newborns
Working in the gift shop – Immediate evening/weekend positions available.
Delivering flowers
Transporting/escorting patients/help with wayfinding
Visiting and cheering patients
Assisting and supporting patient families
Helping at the information desks
Performing puppet shows in elementary schools

Q: Why volunteer?
A: Volunteer if you want to:

Make a difference
Gain personal satisfaction and help others
Become involved and contribute to the community
Experience health care from the inside
Try a new vocation and learn new skills
Develop new friendships

Q: How do I begin the process of volunteering?
A: The following steps are required to become a Volunteer at Northside Hospital:

Select the “Application Process” tab and download an application.
If you would prefer, you can call the Atlanta Auxiliary Office at (404) 851-8707 to request an application packet
Complete the application form
Sign the agreement form and return this with the completed application.
Your application may not be processed immediately: you will receive a phone call to schedule an interview to determine your area of interest and the appropriate placement when openings are available
At this interview, be prepared to sign a Background Check consent form by bringing your driver’s license and Social Security numbers with you.
A the first of 2 TB skin tests will also be given free of charge in our Employee Health office at the time of interview

Q: Do you offer court ordered community service opportunities?
A: No, unfortunately not. Please check with other local hospitals.

Q: What else should I know?
A: All Northside Hospital Volunteers are required to be members of the Auxiliary, attend an orientation, purchase a volunteer uniform to wear while on duty and pay annual dues of $10.00. In addition, a once a week, four-hour commitment to your assigned service is required. This commitment is for a minimum of one year.

Please understand that joining the auxiliary is not a way to accrue school credit hours or to get a job at Northside. We are looking for people who truly want to be of service to the hospital and the community.

Q: What if I am a teen?
A: Mature, responsible teens over age 14 may apply for a limited number of positions in the volunteer program. This summer experience helps young people explore health careers while developing a sense of self worth. The learning environment provides them with new role models, new experiences and interaction with a diverse population. Applications are available in local high school guidance offices in late January.

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