Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Services extend and enhance the healthcare delivery system at Samaritan. Volunteers help to create a warm and friendly atmosphere for our patients, their families and our visitors; Samaritan would not be the community-centered facility we are without volunteers. Plus, volunteering is good for your health! Not only are you giving back to your community and helping others, but you are improving yourself at the same time. Volunteering can: help you develop new friendships, gain confidence and learn new skills, make professional contacts, and give you a sense of purpose and well-being.

We currently have over 20 different areas at Samaritan where volunteers are used on a daily basis. Some examples at the hospital are the Information Desk, Patient Registration, the Emergency Department, Storeroom, and the Gift Shop. At the Samaritan Keep Home and Samaritan Summit Village, volunteers assist with weekly outings, activities like baking and crafts and simple things like reading to a resident, or writing to a loved one on the resident's behalf.

The Samaritan Auxiliary is another great way to get involved - with fundraising activities, joining the Board of Directors, or serving on a committee.

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

Samaritan Medical Center (Hospital):

Gift Shop: Weekdays from 1 to 4 pm and then from 4 to 7 pm.

Information Desk: Any evening from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and on weekends.

Clerical Offices: Any weekday, morning or afternoons.  Need help filing, computer entry, making packets and more.

Surgical Area: Monday and Wednesday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, as needed

Maternity Unit Greeter: A friendly caring individual to greet families coming to our Maternity Unit and assist them in finding their way or getting information for patients. Weekdays from 10 am to 2 pm and 4 to 7 pm.

Registration Desk: Greet and sign patients in at the Registration Desk - Monday through Fridays from 4:30 - 6:30 pm.

Nursing floors: to assist with activities for our elderly patients. Monday through Friday from  8:30 am to 10:30 am

Please contact Samaritan Medical Center Volunteer Director at 315-785-4479.

Samaritan Summit Village:

Information Desk/Switchboard: Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm - for four hour blocks.  

Gift Shop: Monday through Friday 11:30 am to 3:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm

Samaritan Keep Home:

Activities: Monday and Thursday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm for bingo and social hour.

Technology Instruction: This volunteer would teach the interested residents how-to navigate social media, Microsoft Word, email, and more.  The hours are flexible.  

There are several ways to get involved at both the Samaritan Keep and Summit Village - transporting residents to activities or a physical therapy appointment on campus, one on one visits with residents, mail and newspaper delivery and helping with resident outings such as trips with the residents for shopping or trips to the mall.  There are many ways to get involved.  

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at Samaritan Summit Village and the Keep Home at 315-782-7008 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Volunteer Requirements and Expectations

Samaritan offers two general categories of volunteer opportunities:

  • Patient/Resident care and contact
  • Clerical/Office duties


Volunteers would need to complete the following steps before starting:

  • Fill out an application
  • Complete a health screening including a Tuberculosis Test as well as possible blood work (cost covered by the hospital)
  • Complete a back ground check (covered by the hospital)
  • Be willing to commit at least 4 hours per week to volunteer
  • Attend a one hour orientation with the director of volunteer services


Those interested in volunteering at Samaritan should have the following:

  • Excellent customer service and communication skills and a friendly helpful demeanor.
  • Be able to work effectively and positively with staff, patients and visitors.
  • Corrected hearing and vision to the normal range.
  • Ability to walk some distances, push a wheelchair and do light lifting.
  • Be able to accept direction and responsibility.
  • Enjoy meeting and interacting with the public.


Contact Us:

If you are interested in any volunteer opportunities, please contact Samaritan Medical Center Volunteer Director at 315-785-4479 or contact our Volunteer Coordinator at Samaritan Summit Village and the Keep Home at 315-782-7008 use our Contact Us form to email us.


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