Volunteers are valued members of the ARHS patient care team and are always welcome at The Foley Center, Cannon Memorial Hospital, Watauga Medical Center and several administrative offices within the healthcare system. A variety of work areas are available, as well as flexible schedules.
All volunteers must meet the following criteria before they are able to serve:
- Minimum age of 14
- Attend hospital orientation
- Receive a TB test
- Complete a competency test
Areas of Service
- Information Desk
- Gift Shop
- Cancer Center
- Nutrition Services
- Intensive Care
- Outpatient Surgery
- Outpatient Services
- Pain Clinic
- Human Resources
- Other opportunities as arise
Join our caring and dedicated group of volunteers who provide quality support to our Medical Center personnel. The program has numerous volunteer opportunities for ASU students, seasonal, year round volunteers and junior volunteers in the summer.
The Foley Center
Residents at long-term care facilities are often lonely. You can brighten their whole outlook by spending an hour holding their hand, reading them a book, or just listening to them tell you wonderful stories. Are you dependable, compassionate and patient? Volunteers at The Foley Center help in many different areas such as resident activities, the Artisan Gallery, rounding with beverages, and escorting visitors to resident rooms.
The program is open to year-round, seasonal and junior volunteers. Volunteers meet each month to plan events, coordinate fundraising activities and review hospital patient needs.
Junior Volunteers at Watauga Medical Center
Junior volunteers are welcome to volunteer at Watauga Medical Center. Junior volunteers must meet the following requirements:
- Junior volunteers are between the ages of 14 – 17
- Applications and permission forms must be completed and submitted to Annette Eggers by May 15th
- All junior volunteers are required to attend orientation
- Junior volunteers must make a commitment to serve at least five weeks of summer break
- Junior volunteers will be assigned one four hour shift per week
PAWS Pet Therapy Program
ARHS is also home to the PAWS Pet Therapy Program. If you and your certified pet therapy dog are interested in volunteering at one of our facilities, please call (828) 262-4408.
Learn more about our PAWS Pet Therapy Program.
Fran and her husband, Dan (a 13,000+-hour volunteer) moved to Boone in 1988 and found many things to keep these retirees busy. They both became members of the ASU Senior Scholars, giving them the opportunity for the lifelong-learning experience. Fran facilitated classes in…read more
by Sallie Woodring Director of Volunteer Services and Career Pathways Watauga Medical Center volunteer Carol Hinshaw is one of the smiling and friendly faces you might see when you visit the hospital’s gift shop. Carol has a great flair for design and keeps the shop looking “ship shape,” as she…read more
Watauga Medical Center volunteer Mary Lee Jones has been a faithful volunteer for twenty years. She is a constant in her role and a real blessing to all who cross her path. Below in her own words, Mary Lee shares what brought her to the WMC volunteer family and what it has meant in her life….read more
by Sallie Woodring Volunteers find their way to ARHS for a myriad of reasons. Long time WMC volunteers Elaine & Jim Jones have been volunteering since 2003. Elaine volunteers in outpatient surgery and shares the following as to how she started in her current role with the volunteer program:…read more