Volunteer Orientation

Service Excellence

Is the hundred little things we do as we interact with patients, visitors and staff to make their experience the best possible.

The Volunteer Advisory Board work group has developed the following guiding principles:

  • Attitude - demonstrate a positive and respectful attitude
  • Awareness - be aware of your surroundings and those needing assistance
  • Commitment - be reliable in your commitment to serve others
  • Compassion - show compassion through understanding and acts of kindness
  • Service - make serving others your priority

You never get a second chance to make a first impression

2016 Orientation Dates

Daytime Orientations - 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m

  • February 20. 2017
  • March 20, 2017
  • May 15, 2017
  • June 19, 2017
  • August 21, 2017
  • September 18, 2017
  • November 20, 2017
  • December 18, 2017

Evening Orientations - 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

  • April 17, 2017
  • July 17, 2017
  • October 16, 2017

Please note: Employees of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center or Penn State College of Medicine are not required to attend an orientation. However, please do complete the appropriate sections of the application form and schedule a meeting with the Manager of Volunteer Services, 717-531-8278.

If you submitted an application in the past, do not reapply, call the Volunteer Office at 717-531-8278.

If you previously volunteered, do not fill out a new application, Call the Volunteer Office at 717-531-8278. This includes teens.

Orientation locations

Orientation Registration will be held in the main lobby of the hospital 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the program.

In order to become a volunteer at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center you are required to attend a volunteer orientation (see exception note above.) At the orientation, you will learn the mission, values, and guiding principals of the Hershey Medical Center, plus general policies and procedures, including fire, safety, and infection control. You will also be given an overview of the various volunteer opportunities. This will assist your decision regarding your commitment. After the orientation, an interview with the Manager of Volunteer Services will be scheduled to discuss any questions or concerns you may have and to match your talents and interests with the needs of the Medical Center.

Employee Health requirements:  Please bring any documentation you have for childhood immunizations for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and Varicella (chickenpox) to your scheduled employee health appointment.  If you do not have records you will receive a lab slip to go to our lab to have blood titers drawn to prove immunity. Please bring documentation of any recent (within 3 months) tuberculosis skin test "PPD". If you have not had a Tb test, a 2-step test PPD will be administered. It will need to be "read" and results documented by a professional 2 to 3 days later. There is no financial charge for our services. All Employee Health requirements must be completed before you can start as a Volunteer.

Please contact us by calling 717-531-8278 or 717-531-6310 at the Volunteer Office for more information.