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Each year, about 700 people volunteer at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital. Volunteers must be 14 years old or older, commit to at least 100 hours of total service (50 hours for high school students), be willing to help others and have an interest in the health care community.

Volunteer Services at Rhode Island Hospital offers volunteer positions for both teens and adults. The following positions/areas are sometimes available for adult volunteers:

  • Ambassadors
  • Art Activities
  • Canine Visitation
  • Emergency Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Music Activities
  • Office Support
  • Patient Services
  • Patient Visitors
  • Recovery Room

Requirements

All volunteers at Rhode Island Hospital must:

  • Attend a one-hour volunteer information session
  • Submit a complete application and obtain two references
  • Interview with volunteer services staff
  • Provide an updated immunization record
  • Submit to two tuberculosis tests
  • Complete an orientation about hospital policies and procedures
  • Commit to a minimum of two to four hours each week for at least 100 hours (50 hours for high school students)
  • If under the age of 18, submit a signed permission slip
  • Adhere to uniform and dress code policy
  • Provide a $12 uniform payment
  • Complete a criminal background investigation authorization form (provided by Lifespan Volunteer Services).

Volunteer Information Sessions

All sessions will be held at Rhode Island Hospital in the Plum Beach Room.

How to get to the Plum Beach Room

Entering through the main lobby of Rhode Island Hospital

  • Walk towards the elevators and go to the left, then a quick right.  
  • Walk by the bank on the left and continue straight.  
  • You will go by Au Bon Pain on the right and take your 1st right after that.
  • Walk to your left past the waiting area and you will see the elevators straight ahead.  
  • Go to the 2nd floor, continue straight and you will see signs to the “Plum Beach Room.”

Entering through the APC lobby, (Ambulatory Patient Center) at the back of the campus

  • Walk straight through the entrance and take a right and another right. 
  • You will see the elevators directly in front of you. 
  • Go to the 2nd floor, continue straight and you will see signs to the “Plum Beach Room.”

Note: You can always ask for guidance from the staff at the information desk.

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There are adult, college student and high school student sessions. In-state college students may attend an adult session.

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