Welcome & thank you for your interest in becoming a Volunteer at University Medical Center of El Paso (UMC). The Junior Volunteer Program consists of volunteer’s ages 14 – 17 and runs from June – August. We look forward to your energy and enthusiasm that volunteers, such as you, add to the service we provide to our patients.
Like any new undertaking, there are some details that need to be accomplished before starting as a volunteer. Please take the time to read this letter thoroughly – it will make the process easier for you.
The following requirements must be met before beginning your volunteer assignment:
• Fill out the online Junior Volunteer Services Application. The deadline for the application is March 20
• If your application is chosen, you will be contacted for an interview with the Volunteer Services Supervisor. For your interview, please bring your immunization records and picture ID (Texas ID, High School ID, etc.)
• If you are under 18 years of age, your parents must sign a Parental Consent Form allowing us to perform a TB test and lab work. (The form can be found at www.umcelpaso.org/patients-and-visitors/volunteer/juniors)
• Two recommendation forms (can also be downloaded via https://www.umcelpaso.org/patients-and-visitors/volunteer/juniors). These may be provided by professors, supervisors, family friends etc. DO NOT include forms filled out by family members
• Applicants must have a letter of good academic standing from the high school guidance counselor/advisor stating that the student is in good academic standing. Letter must include GPA and a copy of the student’s transcript. We are looking for a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. It is at the Volunteer Office’s discretion to accept anyone within a few points lower than a 3.0
• school resume
• Understand that as a volunteer, your accumulated hours for service, will not translate into internship or externship hours.
Please turn the above documents ALL TOGETHER by April 1. If the documents are not turned in a package, the application will NOT be processed.
If you are accepted for our volunteer program, you will need to do:
• TB test and lab work (These procedures will be done at UMC at no charge to you)
o TB tests are done in Occupational Health located on the second floor of the Annex. If you have not had a TB test in more than one year, they will perform the test on you twice. The first one wakes up your system and the second one actually tests for tuberculosis
o Three days after the test is performed, you must go back to Occupational Health and have the test read
o Lab work including test for Rubella, Rubeola and Varicella and Titers will be performed in the Outpatient Laboratory located behind the Annex. Tell the nurses you are a volunteer and need a TB Test done and lab work
o Bring a copy of your shot record when you have your TB Test done
• Attend Hospital Orientation
• Junior Volunteers are expected to commit to a minimum of 60 hours of service within the two and a half-month period (The entire Summer until school begins)
Please note that Orientation, TB Tests and Lab work are mandatory in order to volunteer.
Orientation will be held in the Board Room, 8th floor of the Hospital from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please bring a pen and paper. You may park in the garage located in front of the hospital.
During your interview, a clearance appointment will be scheduled to receive your identification badge and set your schedule. Your identification badge and uniform must be worn at all times while volunteering on the hospital premises.
Junior Volunteers wear khaki pants and a white polo shirt with the Junior Volunteer Logo. Tennis shoes may be worn, but they must be white and clean. Uniforms must be clean and neatly pressed at all times.
Please feel free to contact me at 521-7648 if you have any questions. I’m looking forward to working with you and helping you enjoy your time with us. Again, thank you for making us your choice for your Summer volunteer experience!
Cristina C. Ramirez