Volunteer Orientation

All new volunteers are required to attend an orientation. Learn where it’s held, how to sign up, and what to expect.

Become a volunteer

You must fill out an application before attending orientation. Learn about the application process.

How do I sign up for orientation?

Fill out an online volunteer application. On this form, you will indicate which orientation you would like to attend. Please write down the orientation date you select and keep it in a safe place as a reminder of the orientation session you have selected to attend.

After you submit the form, a confirmation will be sent to your email address to let you know we received your application. Please plan to attend the orientation session you selected on your application.

Where is orientation held?

All orientations are held at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, which is next to the Children’s Hospital. You may park for free at the Centerview parking garage, which is close to the hospital. Shuttle service is also available. Learn more about parking.

Enter through the main entrance of the Medical Center. A volunteer will be there to greet you and register you for orientation.

What should I expect?

At the orientation, you’ll learn the mission, values, and guiding principles of the Medical Center, plus general policies and procedures, including:

  • Fire, safety, and infection control prevention
  • HIPAA confidentiality

You’ll also be given an overview of the various volunteer opportunities, which will help guide your decision about where to devote your time.

Health screening and mandatory background checks will be completed before you start a volunteer assignment.

What happens after orientation?

You’ll schedule an interview with the manager of Volunteer Services where more detail will be provided about specific opportunities. Some volunteer positions, such as Child Life and Pet Therapy require additional interviews or evaluations.

Learn more about the application process.

I’m a Penn State Health employee. Do I have to attend orientation?

Employees of the Medical Center, the Children’s Hospital, or the College of Medicine are not required to attend an orientation. However, please complete the application form, chose HMC/COM employee from the drop down of orientation dates. You will be contacted to schedule a meeting with the manager of Volunteer Services.