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Meridian Healthcare Volunteers

Who Can Volunteer?

It is in the spirit of giving that the Volunteer Auxiliary began at Anderson in 1982. Each charter member gave from their heart to serve patients and visitors. That same spirit of compassion continues today.

A volunteer can be anyone over the age of 18 with a desire to meet the needs of the community. We have retirees, students and people who wish to give their spare time to help others. All are from various backgrounds and each brings their own special experiences and a willing heart.

What We Do

The Volunteer Auxiliary serves the hospital, the patients and the community in innumerable ways. We comfort patients and guests who are alone, deliver flowers and cards, welcome and escort visitors, staff information desks and provide clerical help to hospital staff. Volunteers offer smiles, helping hands, caring words and thoughtful services. They give comfort and compassion to patients and families. They help at health checks, such as annual kidney and heart screenings, and assist with local blood drives, just to name a few.

Volunteer Benefits

Some of the benefits of being a volunteer include:

  • Fulfillment from helping others
  • Fellowship with other Volunteers
  • Learn new skills
  • Complimentary membership to our Health and Fitness Center after 30 hours of service and a minimum of 4 hours of service/week is met
  • A cafeteria meal coupon on the day you volunteer
  • A complimentary annual flu shot
  • Annual National Volunteer Week Celebration

How You Can Join Us

If you would like to help us add a measure of warmth and compassion to Anderson Regional Health System, you may apply for membership by contacting the Volunteer Auxiliary Coordinator at 601.553.6392. Hospital volunteers are asked to contribute a minimum of 96 hours within six consecutive months — that comes out to about four hours of service a week. With no out-of-pocket cost, an applicant must take a TB skin test, submit to a background check and attend orientation before they can serve.

If you would prefer to only serve as a member of our fundraising team, you will not need to attend the hospital orientation. Only you know your unique situation, so however you choose to serve, your support is welcome.

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Volunteering at Anderson

Sheila Nettles, Director of Service Excellence, talks about how Anderson's volunteers benefit patients and their families.