Volunteer FAQ

Volunteers at Southeast Georgia Health System are essential to our mission of providing quality, cost effective patient care, educational programs and health and wellness services for the people of Coastal Georgia. We hope that you will find this Frequently Asked Questions section helpful.

What is not considered “volunteering”?

Volunteering is not an internship, or a shadow program. It’s also not an opportunity to get clinical experience. Those seeking shadowing or internship opportunities should contact the education department at 912-466-3164.

What is the time commitment?

For our Auxiliary volunteers, the minimum requirement for volunteering is the ability to commit a four-hour shift per week and 100 hours annually. However, the time commitment for Volunteens, college students and volunteers with Pet Therapy, CMAP, and Pastoral Care varies. Contact Volunteer Services for more information.

How do I apply to volunteer?

Please contact Volunteer Services to schedule an interview

What to expect during my interview?

If a volunteer opportunity is available we will set up an interview with you and discuss your area of interest and the volunteer positions currently available. It is important to us to try to match your skills and interests to available volunteer opportunities to help ensure the best volunteer experience for you. If we mutually agree to proceed with the application process following the interview, you will be given a volunteer application and scheduled for a volunteer orientation.

What to expect during Volunteer Orientation?

At orientation, you will learn in detail about the requirements for volunteering at Southeast Georgia Health System and get important information and training about Safety Management, Emergency Codes, Infection Prevention and Patient Confidentiality. You will also need to meet the tuberculosis screening requirement and have a photo taken for your Volunteer I.D. badge. Orientations are generally conducted one time per month. Please call the Volunteer Services Office at 912-466-3157, if you have any questions.

How long does it take to process my volunteer application?

On average, it takes six weeks to be completely processed and ready to volunteer.

How long do you keep applications?

If you do not complete the steps necessary to proceed through the application process within three months, we will assume you have changed your mind about a volunteer commitment with us and your application will be withdrawn.

Is there a volunteer dress code?

Yes, Auxiliary volunteers are required to wear a uniform at all times while volunteering at Southeast Georgia Health System. The Auxiliary volunteer uniform for women is a smock or vest that is purchased from the Auxiliary ($25), paired with a white shirt, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes.  The Auxiliary volunteer uniform for men is a short-sleeve or long-sleeve shirt that is purchased from the Auxiliary ($20), paired with khaki pants and closed-toe shoes. Southeast Georgia Health System dress code prohibits the wearing of denim, shorts, Capri pants, sweatpants, exercise pants, hats and sunglasses.

Volunteens are required to wear a uniform which consists of a Volunteen knit shirt ($15) purchased from Volunteer Services, khaki long pants and closed-toe shoes.
Volunteers with Pet Therapy, Pastoral Care and CMAP are not required to wear a uniform but are required to adhere to the Southeast Georgia Health System dress code.
All volunteers are required to wear their volunteer I.D. badge at all times while volunteering with Southeast Georgia Health System.

Volunteers are also required to adhere to the Heath System dress code policies that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Smelling of cigarette smoke or strong perfume is not permitted
  • No denim allowed
  • No crop pants, shorts, leggings, etc. allowed
  • Piercing of body parts other than ears shall not be visible and only two earings per ear may be worn
  • Tattoos are covered at all times so that they are not visible

Are there benefits for volunteering?

Yes, volunteers at Southeast Georgia Health System are truly appreciated and enjoy these benefits:

  • Free annual tuberculosis screening and free annual flu shot
  • Free parking
  • Complimentary cafeteria meal when performing volunteer assignment
  • Discount in Auxiliary Gift Shops

I’m a college student and want to volunteer over the summer. 

You will need to contact Volunteer Services by April 1.  All college students wanting to volunteer over the summer will need to go through the May orientation which means the interview and application process will need to be completed by April 30.  Those seeking observation or internship opportunities should contact the education department at 912-466-3164.

If I volunteer will I get a job at Southeast Georgia Health System?

Volunteering at Southeast Georgia Health System should not be considered as a means to employment and does not guarantee employment. For further information regarding current employment opportunities, please contact Human Resources.

Do you have volunteer opportunities for snowbirds?

Yes, we do have several volunteers who serve a portion of each year with us while in Coastal Georgia. Simply let us know during your interview. 

Where are the Volunteer Services offices located?

On the Brunswick Campus, we have a Volunteer Services office on the first floor, Jekyll Tower, between Human Resources and the Miriam & Hugh Nunnally Maternity Care Center. On the Camden Campus, we have an office on the first floor near Administration. 

Other questions? 

Contact Volunteer Services in Brunswick by phone Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.at 912-466-3157 or Camden at 912-576-6405 or send an email to Kristin Doll.