The Greatest Gift You Can Give!
The Jones Regional Medical Center volunteer program offers a tremendous variety of opportunities for service to our hospital for anyone age 14 and up. Whether you are a student volunteer or an adult volunteer, you will gain the satisfaction of helping others along with wonderful support from our staff.
We have an active volunteer program with more than 60 volunteers of all ages, giving of their time and talent throughout the year. Some volunteer at particular times of the year, while others have a regular schedule each month. Assignments can be arranged on a schedule that suits you.
Volunteer opportunities include but are not limited to:
- Registering patients at physician specialty clinics
- Providing information and escorting patients and families to their appointments
- Assisting with wheelchair transport after procedures
- Baking cookies for patients and families
- Visiting with patients and offering them reading material
- Office work such as filing, mailings and counting inventory
- Helping with special events, such as health fairs and bike helmet giveaways
- Making phone calls for reminders of events
Steps to becoming a volunteer:
- Have a desire to help and become a part of our health care team.
- Complete a volunteer application (including contact information for three personal references).
- Complete a simple health screening at no cost to you. A seasonal flu vaccine is required.
- Pass a criminal background and dependent adult/child abuse registry check.
- Attend a placement interview/orientation session.
- Complete necessary training.
Types of Volunteers
Volunteers at Jones Regional Medical Center make a difference for our patients, families and staff at our hospital. We have opportunities as:
- Assisting our specialty clinics
- Baking cookies
- Providing clerical support and more.
A typical volunteer assignment is once a week, for two to four hours.
At Jones Regional Medical Center, we have many opportunities for our student Volunteens. From baking cookies, to playing games with patients, volunteering offers you a true opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our patients and to be connected to a healthcare environment to explore careers and learn new skills. Volunteering not only helps others...it helps you!
- Volunteering is fun and rewarding.
- Meet new people & make new friends.
- Explore careers in the healthcare field.
- Receive formal and informal recognition for a "job well-done!"
- Get personal satisfaction from helping others.
Student Volunteens need to meet the following requirements:
- Be 14 to 19 years of age
- Willing to commit to volunteering for a minimum of two to four hours per week
Jones County Volunteer Center
The Jones County Volunteer Center is supported in kind by Jones Regional Medical Center. The volunteer center's mission is to engage volunteers of all ages in services to meet critical community needs while providing high quality experience that will enrich the life of the volunteer. The center has several programs that volunteers can be involved in including:
- Assisted Transportation for Senior Citizens
- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
- Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)
- Emergency Volunteer Center (VITA)
- Day of Caring opportunities.
Jones County Volunteer Center also acts as a hub to connect Jones County volunteers to opportunities all over the county! Volunteers receive orientation to the program and training specific to their volunteer job. In addition to being covered by the volunteer center insurance while they are serving, volunteers receive ongoing assistance, support, recognition, and may be eligible for mileage reimbursement.
An amendment to the Older Americans Act in 1969 created the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. RSVP expanded into Jones County in 2005 thanks to grants provided by the St. Luke's Rural Healthcare Foundation and the United Way of East Central Iowa. In July 2010, United Way of East Central Iowa became the sponsor of RSVP of Jones County. RSVP of Jones County grew into the volunteer center, thus supporting volunteers of all ages, thanks to the Volunteer Generation Grant United Way of East Central Iowa received in 2011 and continues to receive today.
The main sources of funding are United Way of East Central Iowa, The Heritage Agency on Aging, Jones Regional Medical Center, St. Luke's Rural Health Care Foundation, Mercy Medical Center, the Volunteer Generation Fund Grant, the Jones County Board of Supervisors, and both public and private donations. All donations made to the Jones County Volunteer Center and its direct service programs are tax deductible.
If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, please contact Amy Keltner at Amy.Keltner@uweci.org or call (319) 560-0811. The volunteer center is located at 105 Broadway Place, Suite 1, Anamosa (across from the old hospital).