Welcome to Volunteer Services at The Outer Banks Hospital and thank you for your interest in our program. Volunteers are an integral part of our organization and dedicate hundreds of hours of volunteer service annually. We utilize volunteers in a wide variety of areas that include departments in the hospital, outpatient settings, as well as with our Cancer Programs and Community Outreach initiatives. 

Hospital Volunteers

The goal of the hospital volunteer program is to provide a personalized service to the patients, care givers, families, visitors and team members at The Outer Banks Hospital.  Our volunteers assist with the day to day operations of the hospital as well as help with special projects and initiatives. 

Hospital Volunteer Placement

It is our goal to place volunteers in areas that interest them. Depending on the department, we have shifts available in the mornings, afternoons, evenings and on the weekends

  • Guest Relations – Information Desk

  • Customer Service – Patient Advocacy
  • Gift Shop
  • Dementia Friendly - Patient Companion
  • Post Operative Liaison 

  • Emergency Department

  • Clerical Support

  • Music in the Lobbies

  • Knitting & crocheting opportunities

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteer typically work one 4 hour shift a week and we request that interested individuals commit to six months of volunteering.  Additional information regarding these requirements will be provided during the interview.

  • Complete an adult volunteer application. Click here to access the online application.
  • Interview with the volunteer coordinator
  • Complete occupational health requirements

  • Submit to a criminal background check

  • Attend Hospital Orientation

  • Comply with annual requirements

Hands of Hope Volunteers

The goal of the Hands of Hope program is to ensure that no one walk the cancer journey alone. Volunteers complete a health screen, background check and orientation along with attendance at bimonthly meetings.

Hands of Hope Volunteer Opportunities

  • Transportation 

  • Home Chores 
  • Running Errands 

  • Meal Preparation 

  • Respite Care 

  • Companionship To Homebound Patients 

  • Emotional Support 

Student Volunteers

Every summer, both high school and college level students are invited to participate in a 9-week volunteer program to get a first-hand look into the world of healthcare. Students must be at least 15 years of age. Student volunteers will develop personal and professional skills while working at the hospital, including effective communication, teamwork and problem solving. Click the links below for student volunteer applications.

2019 Returning Student Packet

2019 New Student Packet

Paws for Healing - Volunteer Pet Therapy Program

We are excited to welcome Buddy as The Outer Banks Hospital and Medical Group’s first volunteer pet therapy dog. Buddy completed his therapy dog evaluation and testing in September 2016. In June 2019 Buddy was recognized as a Distinguished Therapy Dog by the American Kennel Club.

What you need to know:

  • The handler will always check in with a nurse on the clinical units prior to visiting.
    • The nurse should make the handler aware of any patients who should not receive a visit.
    • If a patient is contraindicated for a visit, a physician order must be obtained prior to the visit.
  • The handler will receive verbal consent prior to visiting with any patient.
  • Dogs will only be allowed on beds or in laps with patients if it has been approved by the nurse in advance. If approved, linens will need to be replaced.
  • The handler will educate the patient and family about hand hygiene and recommend washing their hands after the visit.
    • The handler will also offer hand sanitizer wipes to individuals who interact with the dog in public areas.

The dog will visit the following areas:

  • Public or common areas
  • Entryways, hallways, stairwells, and elevators
  • Patient Rooms
  • Clinical departments
  • Waiting areas

The dog cannot visit the following areas:

  • Food preparation areas
  • Clean utility rooms
  • Medication rooms
  • Storage rooms
  • Sterile areas
  • Dining areas
  • Patients on isolation
  • Units with newborns

Fundraising Volunteers

The Outer Banks Hospital’s Development Council raises funds for important hospital initiatives, such as the Hospital’s Health Coach, the construction of the Cancer Resource Center, the purchase of equipment, and underwriting the costs of healthcare examinations. The hospital also conducts community outreach programs where the ability to interact with visitors, patients and staff is vital.

Fundraising events include:

  • Annual black tie Gala, in which there are volunteer sponsorship and auction committees that support this event.

  • Get Pinked! And More Party to thank donors to our Get Pinked! funds throughout the year. Get Pinked! And More highlights all of the cancer programs from Hands of Hope to the breast, lung and colon cancer screening programs in our community.

Community Outreach Opportunities Include:

  • Health Fairs 

  • Workshops 

  • Community Health Initiatives and Community Events

Volunteers provide vital support services which enhance the health and well-being of our community. Volunteering also provides new and valuable learning experiences, an opportunity to make new friends and an opportunity to make a difference in our community.  

For more information contact:  

Hospital, Student and Hands of Hope Program Volunteers

Kelly Divita, Manager, Volunteer Services and Office of Experience

Fundraising and Community Outreach Volunteers

Jennifer Schwartzenberg, Director of Community Outreach and Development