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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the minimum age to volunteer? 
The minimum age to volunteer is 18. However, for the Summer Junior Volunteer Program, the minimum age is 14.

Where can I volunteer?
You can volunteer at our hospitals and community health centers, we have a place for you!

What is the process?
Complete an online application, submit required vaccination records, undergo a criminal background check, attend a volunteer orientation and schedule an in-person interview with a volunteer manager.

What vaccinations are required?
• Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) for individuals born after 1957.
• Varicella (Chicken Pox)
• Pertussis

I don’t have those vaccinations. What do I do?
Check with your healthcare provider or use these community resources to get the needed vaccines.

How long does the application process take?
Approximately 2-3 weeks from the date an online application and proof of vaccination is submitted.

Will I be able to “shadow” a physician? 
No. Volunteers do not provide clinical care for patients.

Is there a uniform?
Yes, volunteers must purchase a vest or shirt. The cost is $15.

Will volunteering lead to eventual employment?
Volunteering provides great experience, but is completely separate from Harris Health System’s human resources function.

May I volunteer to complete court ordered community service?
No. At this time, we do not provide opportunities for court-ordered service.

I have a group that would like to volunteer for a special occasion. Who do I need to speak with?
Please contact Jennifer Buck at 713-873-3305.