Careers at Lifespan Health System

Volunteer FAQs for The Miriam Hospital

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Would you like to be one of our volunteers? Volunteers support our hospital staff, enhance the overall patient experience, and provide supplemental assistance in many areas throughout the hospital.

How long does it take to become a volunteer?

Approximately one month from the time you attend the volunteer information session.

How much does it cost to volunteer?

We ask volunteers 18 or older for a $10 co-pay for the criminal background check completed by the volunteer department.

What is the time commitment?

We ask that you commit to a minimum of two to four hours each week for at least 100 hours, over the course of a year, or two school semesters.

For summer-only volunteers, you must be available once a week for the entire summer, or for a minimum of 8 weeks.

Does volunteering guarantee me a job at the hospital after I complete my volunteer commitment?

Volunteering is an excellent step to learn about careers in health care.  It does not guarantee you a paid position.  If your priority is to have employment, please go to Lifespan Careers website.

I have a group that wants to volunteer for a day. Is that possible?

We cannot accommodate groups or individuals who would like a one-time volunteer opportunity.

Can I shadow a doctor or TMH employee?

Volunteer services department does not coordinate shadow experiences.

What if I don’t meet the minimum hour requirement?

We will not provide a professional reference if you do not complete the minimum requirement.

What benefits are provided to volunteers?

  • Free parking

  • $5.00 cafeteria meal voucher for every four-hour shift you volunteer

  • Training for all volunteer positions

  • Annual volunteer recognition luncheon

Do you have opportunities to complete court-appointed or school required community service hours?

We do not accommodate individuals who need to complete community service hours.