Methodist Richardson Volunteers
Methodist Richardson Volunteer Services
The Volunteer Services Department at Methodist Richardson is a vital link in the health care chain that provides quality care to patients and their families.
History of the Auxiliary and volunteers
Volunteer services at Methodist Richardson Medical Center are provided by the Auxiliary. Both the Auxiliary and the hospital have a long history in Richardson. In April 1965, the idea for a Women's Auxiliary was born. The Richardson Jaycee-Ettes and the Richardson Chapter of the Zeta Tau Alpha social sorority organized an executive board and wrote the set of Bylaws.
The Auxiliary was founded by 15 members. At the end of the first year, the total membership had grown to 79 members. The volunteer organization had accumulated over a thousand hours within two months from its inception, and service hours have been steadily mounting since. The Candy Stripers, a volunteer group of teenage girls at Richardson General Hospital was organized in October 1965. Men and teenage boys have been a welcome addition.
Following in the footsteps of the hospital itself, the Auxiliary and the Volunteer Services Department have grown and changed as new needs have been identified.
The Auxiliary currently has more than 200 active volunteers, consisting of shift, department and junior volunteers.
Volunteers at Methodist Richardson provide many services, including:
- Aiding patients, their families and visitors
- Staffing information desks
- Transporting patients
- Delivering flowers
- Delivering medications and mail throughout the hospital
The volunteers donate service hours on a regularly assigned schedule. They also are involved in the Lifeline Emergency Response System, health fairs, tours of the hospital for school-aged children, sewing cough pillows, and much more.
In addition, the volunteers are committed to raising funds by hosting numerous fundraisers throughout the year, such as book sales, bake sales, and jewelry sales. Each year the profits are donated to the hospital for projects and equipment that support the medical center's mission to deliver quality health care to our community.
Volunteers are required to commit to one four hour shift a week. Volunteers are assigned to departments or a shift of volunteers depending on their interest. Shifts are from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm, with limited evening and weekend shifts available. The heart and foundation of the Methodist Richardson volunteer program is the shift volunteer, totaling 75 percent of the entire program. Shift volunteers are cross-trained to perform all volunteer duties and rotate every hour during a four hour shift. Shift volunteers experience a variety of areas in the hospital, creating a unique and satisfying volunteer experience. Shift volunteers are required to commit to one full year of service and departmental volunteers must commit to a minimum of six months.
In order to begin volunteering and join the Auxiliary, $10 is charged for Auxiliary dues and $20 is charged for a uniform.
The Auxiliary also offers scholarships to volunteers who are pursuing a higher education. In 2010, the Auxiliary awarded a total of seven scholarships.
Volunteer and Auxiliary application
If you are ready to apply to become a member of the Auxiliary, click on the button below to apply online. If you have any questions, please contact the Volunteer Services Department at 469-204-1000.
If you are a current college student, an adult (18+) interested in gaining healthcare experience, or seeking a specific department assignment, please click on this link to fill out our Department Volunteer Application.
Methodist Richardson is actively recruiting adult shift volunteers for all available days. If you are interested in joining the auxiliary, please fill out an application online. Junior volunteer applications are no longer being accepted.
Junior volunteer applications are no longer being accepted for the 2017 session.
Junior volunteers must be 14 years of age by June 1st, 2017 in order to apply.
College applications are currently being accepted for the 2017 fall semester. Please apply online at the above link.
Methodist Richardson Medical Center Volunteer Services
2831 E. President George Bush Highway
Richardson, TX 75082