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Volunteering

Volunteers at Yakima Valley Memorial (YVM) unanimously agree: it's a rewarding experience that gives people from all walks of life the opportunity to really make a difference. From acquiring new skills or building friendships, our friendly, helpful and compassionate volunteers feel good about helping our patients and families.

Volunteering has a rich history at YVM, starting in 1948 when the first guild members began fundraising to meet our community's need for a new hospital. Today, volunteers are an integral part of the staff. They work with Memorial employees to enhance the service and hospitality given to patients, families and visitors.

FAQs

What is the application process?

Please carefully review the Requirements Section and FAQ of this page before completing an application. Remember that volunteers must commit to six months of consecutive service, and placement in a certain department is not guaranteed. In order for your application to be accepted and reviewed, the following must be submitted.

  • After reviewing the requirements and FAQ, please complete our online volunteer application. Make sure to fill out all necessary fields. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
    • References must be someone who is familiar with your professional skills, such as a teacher, supervisor, coworker or anyone who knows you on a professional basis. If professional references are not available, personal references may be used.
    • Family members cannot be used as references.
  • After you complete your application form and submit it, you will receive an email with information on how to schedule your appointment with Employee Health to provide your health clearance.
    • Your appointment with Employee Health must be scheduled within 1 month of submitting your application.
  • After we have received Health Clearance, an interview will be held.
  • After a successful interview, references will be contacted and a background check will be run.
  • Orientation will be scheduled, along with training for your position.

What are the requirements for becoming a volunteer?

As a volunteer you will hold as absolutely confidential all information, which you may obtain directly or indirectly, concerning patients, doctors or personnel, and you will not seek confidential information in regard to a patient.

You understand your services are donated to YVM without contemplation of compensation or future employment and are given with humanitarian or charitable reasons.

You are informed of the required minimum time commitment of 6 months or 100 hours. You understand what is expected and you are committed to fulfilling this requirement.

Minimum age requirement

  • The minimum age is 16 years old. Some specific programs may have other age requirements. If 16 years old, student must have parent permission slip signed and returned to Volunteer Services. A student's age can limit them on where they can volunteer (CCU or Hospice, for example).

Health screening

  • Proof of vaccinations or immunity by lab (titers) for:
    • Measles, Mumps, Rubella.
    • Varicella (Chicken pox).
    • COVID-19
  • Two Step Tuberculosis Skin Test
    • Please bring previous TB Skin Tests or TB lab tests.

Influenza vaccine

All volunteers must be vaccinated annually with the current seasonal vaccine if volunteering during November 1 through May 1.

Hint: To locate records, check with previous employers, parents, baby book, high school/college, physician, military or local/state health department. If you are unable to obtain these health records, Inspire Health orders blood tests and provides vaccinations and/or tuberculosis testing at no cost to you.

Security screening

A background check is run prior to any volunteer being placed.

Commitment

We require a minimum of a 6 month/100 hour commitment.

If I volunteer, will I get a job at YVM?

Volunteering does not guarantee any type of employment.

Can I volunteer for community service hours?

Yes, if it is for school, we are able to find a volunteer site and you are able to meet the hours commitment. If it is court-appointed, we are, unfortunately, unable to place you. Please be aware that you must complete at least 100 hours of service per our volunteer requirement prior to having any school-required paperwork signed off confirming your hours. This applies even if your requirement is less than 100 hours.

New volunteer orientation dates

Once you have completed your application, volunteer health screening and are accepted into the volunteer program, you will be invited to attend our next volunteer orientation.

Our team of hospital staff have prepared an insightful and exciting program to welcome you to YVM. The Volunteer Orientation will help you understand YVM's mission, vision and culture. Volunteers will also become compliant with DOH requirements in Infection Control, Safety and HIPAA.

Volunteer orientation sessions take place once monthly on the following dates:

  • September 19.
  • October 17.
  • November 14.
  • December 12.

Please note: Only hospice volunteers attend day two of orientation. A volunteer coordinator will contact you regarding the second day of orientation.

Apply to volunteer

Hospital

Apply to volunteer at YVM.

YVM comprises a 256-bed acute care nonprofit community hospital and many specialty and outpatient clinics. Volunteers can chose to serve in a variety of opportunities throughout the organization. The hospital has a huge variety of volunteer positions—a few examples are greeters, clerical, mail delivery, animal-assisted activity, assisting on floors, etc.

Cottage In The Meadow (Compass Care)

Apply to volunteer at Compass Care.

Compass Care offers comprehensive support for patients, gives comfort and reassurance to families during uncertain life transitions and provides patient centered and family-oriented care. Our focus is on relieving suffering and improving quality of life for you and your family.

Volunteer opportunities at Compass Care include:

  • In-home volunteers provides companionship and respite visits.
  • Compass care medication delivery.
  • Office work support—scanning, preparing packets.
  • Hospice Quilters group.
  • Paws 2 Heart.
  • Bereavement support.

Paws2Hearts

Our Paws2Hearts program serves at YVM Cottage in the Meadow, North Star Lodge and Children's Village during Memorial's Kids Grief Workshop.

Our Paws2Hearts Team is made up of 8 volunteers and their certified pets. Each handler and pet goes through extensive training through Love on a Leash, a nationally recognized pet therapy training program. Once the handlers and their pets become certified, they spend 6 months out in the community serving at Nursing Homes, Assisted Livings, etc., as well as providing a letter of recommendation, taking Hospice Volunteer Training and interviewing with Paws2Hearts team members and the manager of Volunteer Services before becoming a member of the Paws2Hearts Team.

If you have additional questions about this program, please call 509.575.8053.