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    Volunteer Services at The Outer Banks Hospital

    The Outer Banks Hospital volunteers are warm and caring individuals who give back to their community. Volunteers offer their time, talent and dedication throughout the hospital in patient care and clerical settings, along with assisting cancer patients at home. Additionally, our volunteers also serve in governance and fundraising capacities, all of which enhance the health and wellbeing of our community.

    Hospital Volunteers

    Volunteers who work within the hospital are asked to give a minimum of four hours a week. They must also complete a health screen, background check and attend a one-day orientation. Additionally, there are annual requirements which must be kept up-to-date. There are a variety of volunteer roles to fit individual time schedules, abilities and interests. Volunteers may work directly with patients or choose work behind-the-scenes in non-clinical positions throughout the hospital.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    • Information desk and escort service 
    • Patient visitation 
    • Gift shop 
    • Post operative liaison 
    • Piano playing 
    • Knitting & crocheting opportunities 
    • Emergency room assistance 
    • Non-clinical assignments 
    • Clerical/filing assistance 
    • Community outreach projects  

    Hands of Hope Volunteers

    The goal of the Hands of Hope program, which is a partnership between the hospital and the University of North Carolina Cancer Outreach, 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 
    • Assistance With Children 
    • 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 5-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 many personal and professional skills while working at the hospital, while learning teamwork, effective communication skills and problem solving.

    Community Volunteers

    • Transportation  
    • Assistance with Children  
    • Home Chores  
    • Running Errands  
    • Meal Preparation  
    • Respite Care 
    • Providing companionship to homebound patients  
    • Emotional Support  

    Fundraising Volunteers

    The Outer Banks Hospital’s Development Council raises funds for important hospital initiatives, such as the construction of a 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:

    • Flights of Fancy black tie dinner dance 
    • Beyond Pink, including Get Pinked!, scholarships for students pursuing careers in relevant healthcare fields and grants to nonprofit or governmental organizations with a focus on cancer education, prevention, detection and treatment. 

    Community Outreach Opportunities Include:

    • Health Fairs 
    • Workshops 
    • Community Health Initiatives such as Childhood Healthy Weight 
    • Community Events such as Women’s Heart Health 

    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 Volunteers   

    Hands of Hope  
    Marie Neilson, Volunteer Coordinator 

    Student Volunteers  
    Jan Eanes, RN, Nurse Educator 

    Fundraising and Community Outreach Volunteers
    Jennifer Schwartzenberg, Director of Community Outreach and Development

    "It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson