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Volunteers work in all areas of the medical center and are valued for their commitment, talents and time supporting the healing ministry of St. Mary Medical Center.

More than 1,000 adult, junior and college-age volunteers provide more than 100,000 hours of service annually to St. Mary Medical Center. Volunteers come from all walks of life, including retirees, homemakers, business professionals, college and high school students. Volunteers can be found in almost every department performing duties in clinical settings, assisting with office work, driving our shuttle vans, helping at our thrift and gift shops and providing support to our patients and colleagues.

St. Mary Medical Center thanks you for your interest, but due to high interest from our community, we are not always able to accept applications. We are not able to wait list prospective volunteers. We review our program availability on a regular basis and will open our programs when we have adequate positions available.  Please check back often, as information about volunteer availability does change frequently. Please note: if accepted to our volunteer program, it may take 8 to 10 weeks to complete the interview and training process before you will begin your first volunteer shift.

Adult Volunteer Program:  Currently Full:  Please check back in September. There are a wide range of opportunities available for adult volunteers at St. Mary. Depending on the assignment, adult volunteers typically volunteer two-four hours per week. Volunteer assignments are based on organizational need, in addition to your interests, skills and availability. Adult volunteers enjoy many benefits, including free parking, documentation of hours, free training, special discounts and celebratory recognition events. The first step to becoming a volunteer is to submit an application.

Healing Environment Program:  Is looking for adult volunteers for our Comfort Companions (No One Dies Alone), Life Story as well as Respite volunteer programs to provide companionship for patients who are in the hospital for longer periods of time. Please contact Joan Portman at 215-710-2131 for additional information.

College Volunteer Program Currently Full:  Please check back in September. College students please include availability and field of study in which you are interested. 

Volunteer Program: Currently Full:  Applications are available January 1st.  Teens (16 to18 years old) may apply currently for the year round program. Teens interested in the summer program must apply by March 1 of the year they wish to volunteer. This is a strict deadline in order for us to prepare for the many teens with us each summer.

Off-Site Crafter:  Crafter volunteers are responsible for a large part of our Healing Environments program. This application is shorter and no orientation is necessary for these volunteers to work from home making beautiful afghans, quilts and other items for our patients. To be an off-site crafter, please contact Joan Portman at 215.710.2131.

Pre-Med Program:  Currently Full:  Applications are available January 1st.  This program is open to students who have completed their second or third year of college with a GPA of at least 3.2 in a course of study that qualifies for medical school entrance. Pre-med students must commit to 10 weeks during the summer to observe in the operating room, Emergency Department and other ancillary departments. They also are able to shadow doctors in their daily activities. Interviews will be held during spring break. The program runs from June through August.  To view a detailed description of the program click here.

Pre-PA Program: New Program - More information coming soon.

Adult Shadow/Observation (18 years and older)Currently Full:  Please check back in September. (1 day total up to 8 hours maximum) This program is intended to give students an inside look at careers at SMMC in order to aid in career decisionsNo hands on activity is permitted, shadowing is strickly observation.  Placement is subject to department and position availability at the time of request. Frequent areas/positions observed are in Rehabilitation, Nursing and Radiology.  If interested, please email Marie Triglia at with the subject line "Shadow Inquiry" (the position you are requesting to observe).  Please note in the text of the email if you already have a contact.  For the observing of Physicians and Physician Assistants/Nurse Practitioners please refer to PreMed Shadow and PrePA/NP programs above.  Operating Room observations are limited to medical students by previous arrangements.

Teen (High school) Shadowing (16-18 years old): Shadowing available for current teen volunteers with limited areas and opportunities.


The Volunteer Office is open:

Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm
Fax Number: 215.710.5871


Staff Contacts:

Lillian J. Schonewolf, Director

Marie Triglia, Manager

Stacy Ferguson, Database Manager

Lisa Bornaschella, Administrative Assistant

Joan Portman, Coordinator Healing Environments


The Thrift Shop is open:
Monday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
Donations accepted 10 am to 4 pm

Heidi Cekoric, Manager


The Gift Shop is open:
Monday to Friday 9 am to 7 pm
Saturday 12 to 5 pm and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm

Kim Bantle-Taylor, Manager