Volunteer at St. Mary's Hospital

About St. Mary's Hospital

St. Mary's is a not-for-profit hospital serving the greater Richmond community for more than 50 years. We rank in the top 10 percent of America's hospitals for emergency care. This year we proudly accepted the accomplishment of reaching the prestigious Magnet status.

About Volunteering

Volunteering at St. Mary’s Hospital can be a meaningful experience on many levels. You will have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of our patients and their families, as well as benefit from the fellowship and camaraderie that comes with being a part of the Volunteer Services team. Whether you volunteer on a patient care unit, in the gift shop, or at one of the information desks, each volunteer contributes to the world-class patient experience and person-centered service for which St. Mary’s Hospital is known. We are a hospital with a rich history and tradition of being good help to those in need. If you believe you are called to serve in support of our Mission and Values, we look forward to receiving your volunteer application.

Volunteering Requirements 

Volunteer applicants must be at least 15 years of age. Volunteer Service is a year-round opportunity, and we ask all applicants to be prepared to make at least a one-hundred (100) hour per year commitment to service. Many volunteers provide well over one-hundred (100) hours of service annually, and we offer flexible schedules to accommodate your availability, including weekday, evening, and weekend volunteer shifts. The Volunteer Services program at St. Mary’s Hospital involves a serious commitment of time and dedication from each volunteer. You are encouraged to thoughtfully consider this commitment prior to applying. Please note that St. Mary’s Hospital does not provide volunteer opportunities to satisfy mandated court-appointed service requirements.

There is a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, a few are listed below:

  • Emergency Department (must be over 18)
  • Flower Shop
  • Gift Shop
  • Information Desks
  • Surgical Waiting Area
  • Patient Care Units - Patient/Visitor Assistance
  • Patient Discharges/deliveries
  • Pediatrics
  • Patient Visiting & Assisting with Meals
  • Spiritual Care
  • Therapy Dog Volunteers (requires additional certification)

Apply to be a Volunteer & Additional Requirements

All applications will be reviewed for placement consideration. If we are able to offer you an interview, you will be contacted by a member of the Volunteer Services Department staff. If we are able to offer you a volunteer placement, you will receive more information about additional requirements listed below.

Complete and submit the online application here.

Two reference checks
Two-step TB clearance
Annual Flu Shot requirement
Criminal Background Check (for ages 18+)

Thank you for your interest in the Volunteer Services program at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital.

For more information please contact St. Mary's Hospital Volunteer Services Department at 804-287-7575 or smhvol@bshsi.org.