Eskenazi Health Volunteer Services is dedicated to enhancing the patient experience, augmenting the services of staff and promoting community involvement. Eskenazi Health currently has more than 300 compassionate volunteers coming from all over the Greater Indianapolis community.

Eskenazi Health volunteers are recognized as important members of our health care team and play a vital role in fulfilling the hospital’s mission to advocate, care, teach and serve all people in the community, with a special emphasis on vulnerable populations.

Volunteer opportunities exist throughout the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and the Eskenazi Health system for those over the age of 18. These opportunities are designed with the patient in mind, providing each patient and visitor with a positive experience. For volunteers ages 14 to 19, please visit the summer VolunTEEN program page to learn more.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Agree to volunteer a minimum of 100 hours over the course of your volunteer service
  • Interview with a member of the Volunteer Services team
  • Complete the online application and orientation process
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Provide proof of immunization for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), and immunization or immunity for chickenpox (varicella)
  • Receive a two-step TB screening and an annual tuberculosis (TB) screening
  • Receive an annual flu vaccination
  • Complete any additional training your placement may require

Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • Care Rounding Ambassadors

    Opportunities available: 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. (midnight), Monday through Sunday

    Assess patient needs through hourly rounds on inpatient care floors. Support staff members by filing, making reminder calls, restocking supplies and performing other clerical needs. Complete all necessary paperwork and evaluations following each interaction.

  • Data Entry Volunteer

    Opportunities available: Various

    Work with departments to enter information into various systems.

  • Eskenazi Health No One Dies Alone (NODA) – Palliative Care

    Opportunities available: 24 hours a day, seven days a week

    Volunteer companions are notified when patients are alone and expected to pass away in the next 24 hours. The companions come to the hospital and stay with the patients, rotating through three-hour shifts to ensure patients are not alone in their final moments. During the vigil, companions talk to the patients, hold their hand or just serve as a compassionate presence. Learn more about being a NODA Volunteer.

  • Pet Therapy Program

    Volunteers provide patients the opportunity to experience animal-assisted activity/therapy. Therapy animals are trained to provide supervised, goal-directed interventions to clients in the hospital and at specific treatment sites. Learn more about the Pet Therapy Program.

  • Volunteer Services Clerical Assistant

    Opportunities available: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday

    Support the staff and volunteers of Volunteer Services by working on various projects including mailings, ER testing kit assembly, data entry, reminder phone calls, staffing and more.

  • Volunteer Services Office Assistant

    Assist with the daily operations of Volunteer Services by volunteering with the manager of Volunteer Services and providing excellent customer service to visitors and staff seeking volunteer resources at Eskenazi Health.

  • Women’s & Children’s Services Ambassador Volunteer

    Support the programs and services of Women’s & Children’s Services, including Labor & Delivery, NICU, Postpartum and Antenatal.  The volunteer will greet visitors in the waiting room and escort family members and other visitors to the patient’s room. 

  • Non-Clinical Internships

    Volunteer Services facilitates a variety of non-clinical internships throughout the Eskenazi Health system. Applicants are encouraged to pursue college credit for their internship.