Our volunteers are caring individuals who contribute significantly to the daily functioning of the Medical Center by supporting our staff in various departments, and assisting patients and their visiting families. If you have time, and would like to participate in a rewarding and enriching experience, consider volunteering. Last year, 373 volunteers provided, on average, 667 hours a week of service to support Milford Regional Medical Center. Volunteers contribute their skills, experience and most of all their compassion.
“…volunteering at Milford Regional allows me to stay in the field of medicine, be around patients, professionals, caring staff and offer some of my own personal experience to help care for patients. It’s always a great feeling when a patient thanks you for the little things that you do for them.”
Who volunteers at Milford Regional?
Men and women of all ages contribute to support our patients and staff. Volunteers include professionals who volunteer after work or in between jobs, retirees, moms and dads, college students, teens and even employees who enjoy giving their time and energy to different areas of our Medical Center. We make every effort to match the skills and interests of each volunteer to the needs of the medical center and to place volunteers into positions where they will feel comfortable and able to contribute.
Teen Volunteer Program
The Teen Volunteer Program provides opportunities for teens to assist after school one day a week or during the summer. The minimum age is 14 for the after school program and 15 for the summer program. These programs are popular and fill up quickly. To find out more about this program click here.
Compassionate Companion Program
Compassionate Companion volunteers provide companionship to very ill or dying patients that don’t have family or friends available to stay with them. A Compassionate Companion offers comfort through talking, reading or simply sitting with the patient during this difficult time. After volunteers complete training, you may click here to log in and create your own schedule.
A Wonderful Gift
Grace Lawson (center) and her son, William, are forever grateful to the compassionate companions, like Meghan DeGasperis (right) who sat with her dying husband when they couldn’t be there. Read their story.
“There is an inner feeling of satisfaction when I help relieve the work load of staff, help patients cope with a difficult situation, or simply give patients a warm blanket. I continue to volunteer at Milford Regional because I feel welcome; the staff is superb and easy to work with… I worked for many years at a very large hospital elsewhere. The family atmosphere at Milford Regional is a refreshing change.”
Robb Fuller, from Douglas, volunteers in the emergency department.
Volunteering is a win-win endeavor. As much as volunteers contribute to Milford Regional, they are quick to say they receive even more. Developing friendships, being part of a team, an opportunity to learn and gain experience, satisfaction from giving back to the community or to the hospital, and the ability to provide a useful and valued service are some of the reasons our volunteers give their time to Milford Regional.
How can you contribute to the Medical Center?
Volunteers currently provide support in 30 areas of the Medical Center. Opportunities include these areas and others:
- Emergency department and other patient care areas
- Gift Shop
- Clerical support
- Cancer Center
- Food Services
- Book cart
Milford Regional is fortunate to have many wonderful people who volunteer. At times opportunities for volunteering in certain areas are limited and could be full.
If you would like to volunteer, please download an application, fill it out and return to Elaine Willey, Director of Volunteer Services, Milford Regional Medical Center, 14 Prospect St., Milford, MA 01757. If you would like more information, please call 508-422-2263 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. After your application is received, an interview will be conducted to discuss options and best match your interests and skills to Milford Regional’s needs and opportunities to help. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age and complete a health screen (including annual TB test) and CORI (criminal check). Orientation and training is provided.
“I find volunteering very rewarding. Sitting at the Hill building front desk… I see some of the same people every week who have, in a way, become friends. We chat a little… Some have been to other facilities and just rave about the Milford staff; how everyone is so friendly and helpful. It makes me feel good to be a part of that. I have been a volunteer for four years and I still love it!”
“I volunteer my time because… having moved around quite a bit, it is a great way to meet new people and it is nice to feel useful and part of a team. I like the feeling of making a contribution that involves others… I remember reading a quote awhile ago that said – ‘Volunteers aren’t paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.’”