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 60 days of submitting your application. 

Please note that all volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in the program.

Required Documents Packet includes:

  • Medical Clearance Form
  • Two personal references
  • Criminal Background Check consent form
  • Copy needed of your driver’s license or state-issued photo ID for processing background check
  • Volunteer Agreement & Consent Forms
  • Documentation of receiving the following vaccinations:
    • Influenza vaccine (for the current season, Oct. – April)
    • COVID-19 vaccine - 2-doses, or single-dose J&J version
    • MMR (Mumps, Measles & Rubella) –  2-dose vaccine
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox) –  2-dose vaccine
    • IF VOLUNTEERING IN WOMEN & INFANTS DEPARTMENTS, the following additional vaccinations are required:
      • Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) – for Whooping cough – 1-dose vaccine + booster every 10 years.
      • Hepatitis B3-dose vaccine 
      • Hepatitis B titer blood test showing positive for immunity - required IN ADDITION to the 3-dose vaccine listed above
    • College Program applicants must also submit a copy of their current transcript showing a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher


  • Complete online training materials
  • Consent to and receive a T-SPOT blood test for Tuberculosis (Instructions provided at interview.)
    • PLEASE NOTE: the T-SPOT blood test is different from the PPD skin test, which is NOT accepted. Getting the PPD skin test will result in a delay in being able to take the T-SPOT blood test.
  • Attend New Volunteer In-Person Orientation
  • Purchase volunteer uniform shirt ($15) 
  • Pay Annual Dues ($25) 
  • Adult Auxiliary Volunteers must commit to 12 months, or 100 hours, of service annually
  • College Volunteers must commit to 6 months, or 70 hours, of service
  • All volunteers must complete annual requirements of:
    • In-service Review each spring
    • Flu vaccine each fall
    • Pay annual dues of $25 each fall

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.

2022 Summer VolunTEEN Program

The 2022 EDOU Summer VolunTeen program is for high school students, ages 16 – 18, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Teens volunteer within the hospital under the supervision of Volunteer Services staff, specified hospital personnel, and Auxiliary members. Please note, we should know by early-March if the in-person portion of the program can proceed. If so, we will have a limited number of in-person openings. Additionally, as part of our summer program, we offer several virtual interactive presentations to educate our VolunTeens about various healthcare careers. Speakers include a variety of professionals (clinical and non-clinical) from each of the Emory Healthcare Hospitals, the Winship Cancer Institute, and the Emory Clinic.

Online applications are available beginning in January, and must be submitted by the deadlines listed below. These are strict deadlines, and no exceptions are made. Spaces are limited, and only complete applications can be considered for an interview. If you are unable to access the online application, email volunteers@emoryhealthcare.org or call 404.501.5208 for an application to be emailed or mailed to you.

Online Application

** Please note, Volunteer Services does not offer Shadowing/Observation, Internship/Externship, or clinical hours opportunities. **


June 6th – July 22nd, with a one-week break from July 4th – 8th


Tuesday, March 1st Submit application by 5pm
Monday, March 7th Submit “Required Documents” Packet by 5pm
March 28th – April 1st Zoom Interviews
April 5th Selection notices emailed out
April 29th Acceptance packet due by 5pm
2 Dates in May (TBD) Virtual group orientation
A parent/guardian MUST attend one orientation session with you.

Once VolunTeen application is submitted, you will receive emailed instructions for the NEXT STEPS.

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 (all locations), and on-campus Subway (EDH location only) when performing volunteer assignment
  • Free health screenings, including annual influenza immunizations, TB screenings and blood pressure checks Discounts in The Wellness Center (located at the EDH location)
  • Eligibility to join MembersFirst Credit Union (located at the EDH location)
  • Discounts in the Dogwood Gift Shop (located at EDH and EHH locations)

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