Volunteers are an integral part of Sentara Life Care and assist in enhancing the lives of our residents, participants and patients. At our nursing and rehabilitation centers, assisted living community, PACE locations and Mobile Meals, our volunteers serve with the common mission and vision to improve health every day and to be the healthcare choice of the communities we serve.
Sentara Life Care utilizes both adult and junior volunteers. All volunteers are offered flexible schedules to accommodate their lifestyles.
Opportunities are available for junior volunteers wishing to work during the summer months and through the school year. Junior volunteers must be at least 14 years old on or before June 1st and complete the 8th grade by the end of June, with a “C” or better average.
Note: Sentara does not participate in mandated community service hours.
For more information on the volunteer program, please view a complete list of our locations. Sentara Life Care includes locations in: Chesapeake, Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach and Currituck, N.C.
Sentara Life Care Volunteer work assignments include, however are not limited to: assisting with religious services, special events and parties, pet therapy, scheduled group recreation programs, providing entertainment programs, community outings, greeting new families/patients, and administrative work.
Volunteers help by delivering mail, visiting and talking to individuals (conversing, helping them write letters and reading to them), passing refreshments or bringing your individual talents to the table.
Sentara Life Care also has internship opportunities available for different majors to include, however not limited to Human Resources, Healthcare Administrative, and Social Work.
All of the following are requirements that apply to most adult and junior volunteers. If you do not feel that you are able to meet each and every one of these requirements, please contact the volunteer coordinator prior to applying. We hope and prefer that interested individuals can commit to one year or 100 hours of volunteering if at all possible. Junior volunteers are asked to volunteer a maximum of two days a week for at least four hours a day.
- In-person interview with volunteer coordinator
- Attend a one-time orientation session
- Return all required paperwork (application, information sheet, etc.)
- Two tuberculosis skin tests, performed by the sentara occupational health department
- Annual flu shot performed by Sentara Occupational Health Department*
- Submit to a criminal background check**
- Annual training (e.g. confidentiality agreement)
* All required health tests and background check are free-of-charge to the prospective volunteer.
** All volunteers must pass a universal background screening that provides a criminal background on the prospective volunteer. There is no cost to the volunteer. Junior volunteers do not complete criminal background checks.