Sentara Martha Jefferson volunteers are an integral part of hospital day to day activities and support Martha Jefferson’s "Caring Tradition" in serving our community. Our volunteers support our "Caring Tradition" with their kindness, smiles and caring hearts complimenting the excellence in patient care that our organization provides. Volunteers are placed throughout the hospital and contribute thousands of hours each year to support the hospital mission "to improve health every day." We look to:

  • Cultivating an atmosphere of trust, honesty and integrity
  • Recognizing the worth of each and every volunteer
  • Expanding services through funding, creativity and innovation
  • Attracting and retaining volunteers who are able to meet our mission
  • Training volunteers and educating them on healthcare issues
  • Encouraging and developing leadership

Sentara Martha Jefferson volunteers are guided by these fundamental values in order to achieve our mission:

  • Ethical behavior
  • Courtesy
  • Confidentiality
  • Teamwork
  • Efficiency
  • Adaptability

Our volunteers are wonderful community members who possess the following attributes:

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Caring nature
  • Dependability
  • Flexibility
  • The ability to maintain confidentiality

Becoming a Volunteer

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, please complete the online application. The minimum service hours required to be part of the SMJH volunteer program is 75 hours of volunteering within a year. Volunteer shifts are generally 3-4 hours a week. The onboarding process is outlined below and more information will be given once your application is received.

  • Attend a "Getting Started" meeting
  • Complete a criminal background check*
  • Complete a Health Assessment performed by Sentara Employee Health*
  • Complete required orientation education and volunteer orientation
  • Annual flu shot performed by Sentara Employee Health*
  • Be tobacco-free - Sentara is a tobacco-free organization 

*All required health tests and background check are free-of-charge to the prospective volunteer.

Student Volunteers

Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital offers students 16-18 volunteer opportunities based on hospital availability and need.

Volunteer Information