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Volunteer Services

About Volunteer Services

Volunteering is rewarding, helpful and fun, especially if you give your time where it can really make a difference. Each year volunteers at Kern Medical Center provide thousands of hours of invaluable service to our patients and staff. Whether you’re a teen volunteer, a college volunteer or an adult volunteer, your contribution of time and caring helps make Kern Medical Center a better place in our community.

Volunteer Spotlight - Meredith & Mary

Meredith and Mary enjoy working together in the Snack Bar on Thursday afternoons.

Volunteer Spotlight Volunteer

Kern Medical Center Auxiliary, founded in 1969, is a nonprofit member organization. The Auxiliary’s mission is to provide volunteer services to Kern Medical Center, the patients, visitors and family members; to promote public relations for KMC in the community; to raise funds for the betterment of the hospital and to promote interest in health careers.

The Auxiliary has donated over $2 million dollars over the past 45 years for purchasing state-of-the-art medical equipment for Kern Medical Center. Fundraising sources include the Gift Shop, the Snack Bar, baby photo sales and vendor sales.

Becoming a KMC volunteer is a serious commitment. We ask a lot of our volunteers. From securing the necessary clearances and background checks, to completing orientation and multi-step training, to fulfilling annual ongoing requirements, our volunteers invest fully to assure that our patients and families are surrounded by a safe, knowledgeable team of volunteers during their hospital experience.

Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to contribute to the community, meet new people and really make a difference. Other benefits include:

  • Career exploration for students
  • Leadership-building opportunities
  • Skills, training and work experience
  • Fellowship with other volunteers
  • Volunteer recognition events

Volunteer Opportunities

At Kern Medical Center, we have opportunities for those who are interested in helping people. We are here to help make life better for our patients, our community, and you. Volunteers are needed in nearly every department and are placed in different areas of the hospital based on skills, interests and availability. We hope your interest and schedule will match one of our needs.

  • Gift Shop - Retail sales
  • Snack Bar - Retail sales
  • Patient Care Visitor-Nursing units (non-clinical)
  • Laboratory
  • Pharmacy
  • Surgery Family Waiting– Surgery Liaison
  • Bookmobile - Distribute books and magazines
  • Cuddle Program - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit & Pediatrics (must be at least 18)
  • Emergency Department (must be at least 15)
  • D-Wing Information Desk
  • Clerical Assistance
  • Escort Ambassador
  • Amputee Peer Visitor- Nursing Units- (non clinical)

Qualifications for All Volunteers

  • Be able to read and speak English
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Dependable
  • Positive attitude
  • Have the stamina to move quickly and be on your feet for up to four hours
  • Be mobile enough to carry out errands around the hospital
  • Must have good vision and hearing
  • Be able to push and pull at least 25 pounds
  • Be emotionally and physically healthy when you come in to volunteer

Adult & College Volunteers

Following a personal interview and completion of the Adult/College application, selected applicants must complete the following requirements:

  • Health screening, TB and drug test. (Administered by the Hospital)
  • A criminal background check. (Administered by the Hospital)
  • Commit to a weekly schedule for at least 12 months
  • Attend Hospital Orientation
  • Complete special department training
  • Purchase a uniform
  • Abide by all hospital rules and polices when on duty as a volunteer.

Junior Volunteers

Our Junior Volunteer program offers students an excellent opportunity to gain insight into career possibilities within the health care field. All Junior applicants must complete an interview, the Junior Application and the appropriate consent forms including the following requirements:

  • Must be 14 to17 years of age
  • Must commit to a minimum one year of volunteer service
  • Have a minimum GPA 3.0
  • Provide a copy of current school transcripts or report card
  • Proof of current immunizations
  • Complete a T.B. test (administered by the Hospital)
  • Attend Orientation
  • Purchase a uniform
  • Abide by all hospital rules and polices when on duty as a volunteer

For more information on becoming a volunteer at Kern Medical Center, please call 661-326-2108 or email sparlinh@kernmedctr.com