Watauga Medical Center
Annette Eggers
Volunteer Coordinator for WMC
(828) 268-9438

The Foley Center
Aubrey Spurlock
Activities Coordinator

Cannon Memorial Hospital
Sallie Woodring
Director of Volunteer Services
(828) 737-7538

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.

Volunteer Requirements

All volunteers must meet the following criteria before they are able to serve:

  • Minimum age of 15
  • Attend hospital orientation
  • Receive a TB test
  • Complete a competency test

Areas of Service

  • Information Desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Pharmacy
  • Cancer Center
  • Nutrition Services
  • Intensive Care
  • Outpatient Surgery
  • Outpatient Services
  • Pain Clinic
  • Admissions
  • Lab
  • Radiology
  • Human Resources
  • Other opportunities as arise

Watauga Medical Center

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.

Cannon Memorial Hospital

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 15 – 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 ProgramKnox - PAWS therapy

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.

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