Volunteers are the hospital’s most valued ambassadors because they give their time freely to others who are in need of their friendship, work expertise, and fellowship. Here at Alaska Regional Hospital, we depend on our volunteers to help provide that personal touch to make patients and their families feel more comfortable.
Alaska Regional Hospital has a wide variety of volunteer work for anyone wanting to act as goodwill ambassadors and help with various assignments throughout the hospital. Some positions require regular hours, while others have flexible schedules. Training provided in each Volunteer area.
Auxiliary Volunteer Coordinator
Connection between the Auxiliary and human resources; provide applications via ARH internet or mail; interview volunteer applicants provide relevant information forward application to Human Resources; maintain volunteer application files; maintain contact with new volunteers; advocate for volunteer jobs in hospital departments.
Books For Patients
Volunteers stock bookshelves in designated hospital areas; accept donations for distribution; maintain Auxiliary's book supply area; purchase books as necessary.
Volunteers support and provide assistance to the hospital's Cancer Center and partners with American Cancer Society for resources and services.
Volunteers set aside 1-2 hours a week to make and keep in contact by phone with an Auxiliary member(s), or former member(s), that is no longer able to attend meetings and/or no longer able to be active in the Auxiliary; or a member(s) that is experiencing a serious injury, long term hospitalization, illness or house-bound. The Volunteer maintains contact with reassuring phone calls, cards and and/or visits, to listen, to share, thereby improving the quality of life for the Auxiliary Member.
Alaska Police & Fire Chaplains' Ministries supports and works with volunteers; NODA program.
Distribute small stuffed animals, crayons and coloring books for young patients on an as needed basis.
Clerical/Staff Support & Assistance
Support various hospital departments by typing, filing, computer data input, copying materials, envelope stuffing, deliveries to mail room, maintain mailing/distribution lists and other office support as needed.
Volunteers provide information to the public; are responsible for greeting and directing patients and visitors. Answer patient/visitor inquiries regarding both in-patient and outpatient services. Must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Volunteers make deliveries of mail or packages received in mail to patients and hospital departments.
Experienced volunteers provide support and assistance to heart patients.
Mother-Baby Program (MBP)
Peace Bear Program participant; provide home-made baby blankets and infant supplies as needed. Volunteers also make Memory Boxes for grieving parents; provide clerical, other support as needed.
New Volunteer Coordinator
Orients new Volunteers; provides New Volunteer Packet; smock or vest; arranges training with volunteer department trainer; parking permit, etc.
NODA (No One Dies Alone)
Provide companionship to patients as they enter into their final days and who are alone or whose families are unable to visit them or be with them, i.e. read, scheduled visits, acts of kindness (additional ARH training necessary).
Patient Support Services
Dedication, a desire to help others by providing companionship and interacting with patients who are experiencing loneliness, boredom, anxiety, low spirits. Being there for patients who are alone or may not have family or friends in the area to visit them; someone patients can talk to, will listen and visit with them; i.e. read, acts of kindness.
Volunteers serve as a liaison between patients, their families and hospital staff once patient is in the recovery room on the 2nd floor. Good communication skills with patients, families, nurses, and physicians. Answering questions about the hospital, giving directions to cafeteria, restrooms, telephones, radiology, parking, etc.
Therapy Dog Program
The Alaska Regional Hospital Furry Friends (ARHFF) pet therapy program is affiliated with Pet Partners, an accredited, nonprofit organization that brings together animals and people who love them.
Benefits of Volunteering
Being a member of the Auxiliary results in learning opportunities and new experiences. In addition to attending and participating in meetings, members are encouraged to serve on a committee or become an Auxiliary board member. Hospital events hosted to recognize the group, and functions put on by the Auxiliary, are also open to volunteers. Other free benefits include covered parking, valet parking, shift meals at the cafeteria and annual TB testing and flu shots.
A Sense of Purpose
Alaska Regional volunteers enjoy being part of a group of like-minded people who give back to the community. Their services are seen campus wide as they support staff and healthcare teams, welcome and escort patients and visitors, and participate in community events and health fairs.
Interested in Volunteering?
Joining the Auxiliary involves an interview, background check and hospital orientation, which may take several weeks to complete. Please follow the steps below to join our team!
- Download and fill out the forms below. You may also request that an application packet to be mailed to you by calling the Auxiliary office at 264-1346.
- Volunteer Application (1 MB - PDF)
- Background Check Application (128 KB - PDF)
- Disclosure Agreement (136 KB - PDF)
- Volunteer Medical Record (92 KB - PDF)
- Schedule a meeting with the Auxiliary. Please bring all completed paperwork with you to this interview.
- After the interview process, the Volunteer Committee will provide a successful applicant with information on completing a background check and general health review. The next steps are to attend a hospital orientation session, schedule department-area training, and then begin volunteering.
Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you! To contact the Alaska Regional Hospital Auxiliary, please call 264-1346.