Volunteer with Harnett Health

Volunteers are one of Harnett Health’s greatest resources. These community-minded people make a significant contribution towards our goal of providing quality health care to our guests. Volunteers provide non-clinical services which would otherwise cost thousands of dollars. But more importantly, they add a dimension of compassion and warmth.

Our volunteer programs are built for both adults and students who are interested in providing support to the patients, visitors and staff of Harnett Health. Here are some great reasons why you should consider volunteering:

  • Providing invaluable community service
  • Making new friends
  • Developing new skills
  • Expanding your interests
  • Personal satisfaction of helping others
  • Working in a friendly, progressive environment

We are proud to announce that our volunteers, chaplains and auxiliary members are recipients of the national President’s Volunteer Service Award. We are certified to award service hours to individuals needing additional volunteer service hours.

For more information on our Volunteer Programs, please contact Stacey Umphenour-Cotton with Volunteer Services at (910) 766-7145, email [email protected] or contact our Chaplain’s Office at (910) 766-7477.

Adult Volunteers

Download our Adult Volunteer Application

How do I become a volunteer?

You first need to obtain an Adult Volunteer application, which can be found on our Harnett Health website and at the information desk at each Harnett Health hospital location. You may return your completed application to either hospital, or mail it into the address provided on the cover page. You may also email your scanned application to, [email protected] once your application has cleared the required background check, you will then need to complete a health assessment with Employee Health and attend an orientation session.

How soon will I hear back from Volunteer Services after I submit my application?

You should receive an email or phone call within seven business days. Please be sure to put down a valid phone number and/or email address that we may contact you at. Most meetings will be arranged within two weeks of submitting your application, and are generally scheduled Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm.

I am in the process of looking for a job and my schedule is flexible right now; can I begin volunteering?

We suggest that you concentrate on finding a job first before submitting a volunteer application. Once you have secured a job, you will be able to determine whether volunteering will fit into your schedule.

I need court-ordered community service hours. Will I be able to volunteer?

Unfortunately, we do not sign off on any court-ordered documents for volunteer hours.

Do you offer the opportunity to job shadow or observe in a clinical setting?

We do not offer any opportunities for job shadowing under Volunteer Services. Any job shadow or internship inquiries may be directed to Organizational Development. You may reach them at (910) 766-7620.    

I have a CNA/RN/Phlebotomist license. Can I volunteer as that?

We do not allow individuals to volunteer in any position that requires certification.

Are volunteers required to get the flu vaccine?

Yes, all volunteers must have the flu vaccine in order to volunteer during flu season (November-March). If you do not get your flu vaccine through Harnett Health, you must provide documentation to our Employee Health department. If you are not able to get the flu vaccine, you may request a declination form from our Employee Health department and have it completed by your physician.

How many hours can I volunteer?

Depending on the need, you can volunteer as much as you would like. We do require that all volunteers work a minimum of 32 hours per year to remain active in the Adult Volunteer program.

Job Shadowing
Job Shadowing Opportunities

On occasion, we accept students who are actively enrolled with an academic institution (college, university, community college, high school) who would like to shadow one of our departments as part of their educational experience. Opportunities are available depending on which departments have availabilities, and schedules would be worked out jointly with that department.

If you’re interested in shadowing one of our staff members for your school coursework, please contact our Organizational Development department at (910) 766-7620.

Junior Volunteers

Junior Volunteer Program

Our Junior Volunteer Program allows students of ages 16 -18 to contribute in meaningful ways to the patients and staff of Harnett Health while learning about health care, volunteerism, and good work habits. Application currently being accepted.

Who can be a Junior Volunteer?

Students between the ages of 16-18 can apply for the Junior Volunteer program. We look for teens that are outgoing and have a desire to gain knowledge in the working environment. We select the applicants based on their classroom performance, conduct, recommendation forms, and personal essay.

How do I become a Junior Volunteer?

You can contact our Volunteer Service Coordinator to obtain a Junior Volunteer application packet or print one from our website. All applicants must complete the application and have two recommendations listed. Applications are also sent out to surrounding schools, so please check to see if your guidance counselor has any on hand.

How will I know if I am accepted into the program?

Once applications have been reviewed, all applicants will receive a letter notifying them of their acceptance. Due to space limitations of our program, not all applicants will be selected.

What can I expect during my volunteer experience?

Those selected will be required to attend a meeting with Volunteer Services and Employee Health to complete a health assessment and orientation.  All Junior Volunteers will wear uniform shirts during their work hours. Appropriate attire is expected to be worn by the volunteer at all times.  Volunteers will perform duties as assigned by the department and will have the benefit of gaining valuable experience of performing in a health care setting.


View Junior Volunteer Application

Volunteer Chaplains

Volunteer Chaplains
Harnett Health’s Chaplaincy Program fulfills the spiritual needs of patients and their families awaiting news of or dealing with a diagnosis and during times of grief and loss. Our chaplains offer compassionate care and comfort through listening, prayer and scripture readings.

We have one full-time chaplain who is assisted by local volunteer clergy representing a variety of religious backgrounds. All of our chaplains observe the highest professional and ethical standards and will respect your religious preference.

If you are interested in being a volunteer chaplain, please call the Harnett Health Chaplain’s Office at 910-766-7477.