Volunteer Programs

Our Volunteer Program is a vital part of our organization and is not just for retirees. In fact, our volunteers are men and women of all ages – people in their teens, 20s, 30s, and beyond – who help out at Emory Decatur Hospital, Emory Hillandale Hospital, and Emory Long-Term Acute Care. The contribution of time and caring made by our volunteers enables us to provide patients with the highest level of care and attention. Volunteers support several different hospital departments, serve in our gift shop, help with wayfinding (our Concierge Volunteers), visit patients, and provide visitor support in the ICU and surgery waiting rooms. Four hours of service per week is the minimum amount of time requested, and participating in training and in-service meetings is also required. Whether you're interested in healthcare or are simply looking for a way to serve others, you'll find what you're looking for as a volunteer at one of our facilities.

Please note: Volunteer Services does not provide shadowing, observation, internships, externships or clinical experiences. Additionally, we are unable to provide volunteer opportunities for court-ordered community service. The Volunteer Services Department is not affiliated with the Human Resources Department or any facet of employment service. Volunteering is not a pathway to employment. For further information regarding employment, please contact Human Resources.

Adult Volunteer Programs

Auxiliary Program
Rich in history and service opportunities, the Adult Auxiliary is our largest volunteer group. Individuals must be age 18+, and NOT enrolled in a higher education program (students should explore our College Program). Typically, this group is comprised of retirees and others who are looking to give of their time, talents, and caring hearts in service to our community. Adult Auxiliary volunteers also enjoy social gatherings and recognition celebrations, and assist with fundraising events (proceeds are donated to benefit our patients and their families). Auxiliary volunteers are asked to commit to one year of service of four hours per week, or 100 hours annually.

College Program
Geared toward meeting the flexible scheduling needs of college students, the College Program provides a variety of service and learning opportunities. Students must be age 18+, enrolled in a college, university, or higher education program, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. The College Program requires a commitment of six consecutive months of service for four hours per week, or 80 hours. It is not a summer-only program.

Adult Application Process: 

Complete and submit the appropriate online application:

Submit a complete Required Documents Packet within 45 days of submitting your application. 

Due to COVID-19, all of our volunteer programs are currently closed and not accepting applications. Please check back with us. 

Required Documents Packet includes:

  • Criminal background consent form
  • Photocopy of your driver's license or state-issued photo ID
  • Two letters of recommendation from non-family members
  • Physician Medical Clearance form
  • Documentation of receiving the following vaccinations (details listed in the packet):
    • Influenza vaccine during the current flu season (October - April)
    • MMR (Mumps, Measles & Rubella)
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
    • HepB (Hepatitis B)
    • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis - for Whooping cough) if volunteering around infants
  • College Program applicants must also submit a copy of their most recent transcript showing a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Interview with a Volunteer Services Staff Member (after completion of application & required documents packet)
  • Submit to and receive a negative result from a T-SPOT blood test for Tuberculosis (TB) prior to orientation (instructions provided at interview)
  • Complete online orientation and training requirements (instructions provided at interview)
  • Attend in-person volunteer orientation, once online requirements are completed
  • Work with Volunteer Services to select a specific weekly service area and volunteer schedule
  • Participate in annual TB screening questionnaire each spring
  • Receive an annual influenza vaccination each fall
  • Pay annual dues of $25 (collected at orientation and due annually each summer)
  • Purchase a volunteer uniform from Volunteer Services for $15 (collected at orientation)
Note that all new volunteers are on a 60-day trial period, and Volunteer Services makes the final decision in placing a volunteer.

If you are experiencing problems with accessing the above forms, email or call the Volunteer Services Office at volunteers@emoryhealthcare.org or 404-501-5208 to request a copy be mailed or emailed to you.

Summer VolunTEEN Program

Teens 14 – 18 years old, who have completed the 9th grade, may participate in the VolunTEEN program during the summer months of June & July only. Teens volunteer within the hospital under the supervision of Volunteer Services staff, specified hospital personnel, and Auxiliary members. Additionally, as part of our summer program, we offer several Lunch & Learn presentations to educate our VolunTEENs about various healthcare careers.

Online applications are available beginning in January, and must be submitted (along with a completed “VolunTEEN Required Documents” packet) prior to the February 28th deadline. This is a strict deadline, and no exceptions are made. Spaces are limited, and only complete applications can be considered for an interview. Summer shifts are available Monday through Thursday. There are NO Friday, weekend or school-year shifts available. Scheduling and availability will be discussed during the interview.

Volunteen Application Process:

Links will only be accessible from January 2nd through February 20th

Step One: Submit a complete VolunTEEN online application.

Step Two: Submit a complete “VolunTEEN Required Documents."  

Due to COVID-19, all of our volunteer programs are currently closed and not accepting applications. Please check back with us.  

Requirements documents Include:

  • Parental Agreement form
  • Consent for Interviewing, Photographing, Filming, Video/Audio Taping form
  • Counselor/Teacher Recommendation form
  • Two Personal Recommendation Forms (to be completed by two NON-family members)
  • Doctor’s Medical Clearance form
  • Current Immunization Record – MUST include documentation of vaccination or titer of the following (details listed in packet):
    • MMR (Mumps, Measles & Rubella)
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
    • HepB (Hepatitis B)
    • Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis – for Whooping cough) if volunteering around infants
  • Criminal background consent form (if age 18 by June 1st)
  • Photocopy of your driver’s license or state-issued photo ID (if age 18 by June 1st)

Complete VolunTEEN Required Documents Packet must be submitted in ONE email to: volunteers@emoryhealthcare.org

Space in the program is limited. All applicants will be emailed by mid-March informing them whether or not they have been selected for an interview. Interviews typically take place in late March. If accepted into the program, VolunTEEN participants will also be required to complete the following (instructions will be provided with acceptance notification):
  • Submit to and receive a negative result from a T-SPOT blood test for Tuberculosis (TB) prior to orientation
  • Complete online orientation and training requirements
  • Attend in-person volunteer orientation – VolunTEEN & a parent/guardian MUST attend
  • Pay Volunteer Dues of $25 at orientation
  • Purchase Uniform shirt for $15 at orientation

Volunteer Benefits

In addition to the personal benefits of volunteering, the hospital also provides the following for all active volunteers:

  • Complimentary parking
  • Complimentary meal vouchers for our cafeterias, and on-campus Chick-fil-A or Subway when performing volunteer assignment
  • Free health screenings, including annual influenza immunizations, TB screenings and blood pressure checks
  • Discounts in The Wellness Center
  • Eligibility to join MembersFirst Credit Union
  • Discounts in the Dogwood Gift Shop

Volunteer Locations

The Emory DeKalb Operating Unit consists of the following locations:
  • Emory Decatur Hospital – 2701 North Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 30033
  • Emory Hillandale Hospital – 2801 DeKalb Medical Parkway, Lithonia, GA 30058
  • Emory Long-Term Acute Care – 450 North Candler Street, Decatur, GA 30030

Volunteer Services Department

Phone: 404-501-5208
Fax: 404.501.4788
Email: volunteers@emoryhealthcare.org