From the Mailbox – (Non-Arts) Volunteer Opportunity

This came in from the Mount St. John Medical Centre, Antigua and Barbuda’s hospital. Clearly, it’s not arts related but we though it worth sharing as a volunteerism opportunity. If you’re local, please pass it on.

Hospital Seeks Volunteers to Serve as Greeters

St. John’s, Antigua, October 24, 2016 – Mount St. John’s Medical Centre is seeking volunteers of all ages for a greeter program that will welcome patients and help them find their way to their appointments.

Participants will greet visitors when they arrive, provide them with directional assistance and answer general information questions about the hospital. In some cases, they may escort patients into their appointments.

Volunteers may choose flexible schedules of two to four hours weekly, from Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. The new greeter program will begin in November.

“Our greeters will help to make hospital visits warmer, friendlier and easier,” said Salma Crump, Head of Marketing & Communications and the Volunteer Program at MSJMC. “The existing volunteer program has been successful so we’re expanding it significantly.”

Volunteers can enter the program from fourteen (14) years old and must be willing to participate in hospital orientation and any special training programs.

Other volunteer service opportunities include the hospital’s Info Desk, Pediatric Unit, patient transport and a variety of other enjoyable tasks.

To inquire about volunteering, please call 484-2792/2711.

Please note that the release also indicated that volunteers 18 years and younger will require parental consent to participate. Also, greeter volunteers ideally are comfortable around sick people, and can conform to safety and infection control practices. A warm personality helps (remember people visiting the hospital are at their most vulnerable) and ability to communicate in English is essential. For our two cents, this sounds ideal for young people looking for volunteer opportunities.

 

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