Places To Volunteer

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Volunteering begins by filling out the application for the area in which you would like to work.

Our volunteer opportunities are as unique as the people who are looking for them. We offer opportunities for teens, college students and adults.

Volunteer Opportunities

We offer you opportunities to be involved directly with patients and visitors as well as other chances to make a difference through a variety of different tasks at our facilities. From clerical duties to patient discharge and everything in between, you will find a fulfilling volunteer position with us.

Volunteer Nurse Program

Nurses who have retired but miss the personal interaction with patients and families complement our care team. Whether you enjoy answering phones, greeting visitors or working directly with patients and families, we have a place for you.

If you are a registered nurse with an active NC license, please call (910) 667-5317 to learn more about our program.

Patient and Visitor Support

NHRMC Volunteer Placement Areas

Our volunteers are often the first person our patients and visitors see when they come through our doors. These interactions can leave a lasting impression. Volunteering in patient and visitor support positions involves assisting those coming to our facilities to their destinations, providing information, answering questions and offering emotional support. Positions include:


Greet patients, visitors and staff, give verbal directions or escort to destination when possible, provides wheelchair transport when appropriate.


Transport discharged patients; perform miscellaneous errands; delivering flowers, snacks, medical records, mail, e-mail, newspapers and collecting charts.

Emergency Room Volunteers

Serve as liaison between staff and the patient's family and friends. Assists staff by helping to make those waiting as comfortable as possible.

Information Desks

Answer phone, give directions throughout the building as well as into other areas and provide computer-based patient information in compliance with HIPAA guidelines.

Kangaroo Kapers Facilitator

Oversee class for children ages 3-8 who are about to become a big brother or sister (twice monthly). Assistant - Hands-on help with children, distribution of materials, etc. Assist facilitator as directed.

Patient Advocate Liaison (PAL)

Specially selected/trained volunteers work closely with and under the direction of unit nurse manager providing bedside support to patients. Reports needs/requests to Nurse, unit manager coordinator.

Pet Therapy Program/NHRMC

Volunteer and dog must meet and follow certain criteria to perform this duty. Work directly with Healing Arts program coordinator. Visit in specific patient areas with dog, closely following all procedures.

Rehabilitation Hospital

Assist staff by transporting patients to therapy, assist and observe during therapy sessions, change sheets and pillows between sessions.

Rehabilitation Outpatient Services

Greet patients, alert therapist of patient arrival, answer phone, take messages, and assist with light clerical work.

Surgical Pavilion/Surgical Waiting

Escort patient and/or family to appropriate destination. Explain pager, tracking board, and what the family can expect throughout the day. Transport volunteers discharge patients via wheelchair.

Unit-Based Volunteers

For those interested in direct patient contact, many units throughout NHRMC utilize volunteers to visit with patients, offer blankets, offer food or drink if appropriate, assist in ordering a meal, help get answers to questions and assist the staff.

Volunteer Nurse/NHRMC and NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital

This position requires a current NC nursing license and BLS certification. Nurses are assigned to areas of expertise, or interest, for a minimum 4-6 hour shift per week. Volunteer RNs also support the hospital by providing flu shots during times of need.

Zimmer Cancer Center Reception

Greet and escort patients in the Zimmer Cancer Center to appropriate treatment area. Assist front desk staff in managing incoming patients. Round on those in waiting room to provide updates and answer questions. Make coffee and keep waiting room neat and cheerful.

Gift Shops

If you enjoy retail and working with visitors to find just the right gift for their loved one, ask to volunteer in one of the gift shops at NHRMC, NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital, Pender Memorial Hospital and NHRMC Betty H. Cameron Women's & Children's Hospital.

  • Auxiliary Gift Shop
  • Gift Harbor
  • Gift Garden
  • The Gift Depot