Volunteering to Change the Future of Cancer Care
You can make a difference in your community by becoming a volunteer at Miami Cancer Institute. Our volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and have different abilities, but they all share a common desire to serve others and help make our patients’ days a little brighter.
As a volunteer at Miami Cancer Institute, you’ll gain as much as you give, whether it’s learning new skills, getting school credits or experiencing the satisfaction that comes from helping someone in need.
Volunteers fill many important roles, including spending time with patients and their loved ones during treatments, participating in community events alongside our staff members, helping with office duties, greeting guests, and much more. As a volunteer, you can choose the tasks and times that work for your lifestyle. However, a preferred schedule is 2-4 four consecutive hours on the same day and at the same time.
As part of your volunteer application, Miami Cancer Institute will request background information about you from a consumer reporting agency. Also as a member of our volunteer team, you will need an annual tuberculin skin test and influenza vaccine. You can learn more about our volunteer mission and standards by reviewing our Volunteer Handbook.
Benefits of being a volunteer
In addition to knowing that they are serving the community and helping others, volunteers are eligible for other benefits.
List of Benefits for Our Volunteer Community
Receive a complimentary meal in the hospital cafeteria on the days that they serve their four hour shift.
Become a Volunteer
As part of your volunteer application, Miami Cancer Institute will request background information about you from a consumer reporting agency. Also as a member of our volunteer team, you will need an annual tuberculin skin test and influenza vaccine
Frequently Asked Questions
Adult and college volunteers are asked to serve a minimum of four hours per week. A minimum requirement of 50 hours of total service each semester for college students and 100 hours of total service each calendar year for adult volunteers. Volunteers are not placed in areas where relatives are employed or are patients.
Volunteering requires a steady commitment at Miami Cancer Institute. We ask each volunteer to commit to at least four hours a week of volunteer services. Please do not accept an assignment unless you have given serious thought to the demands it may place on you.
- Please do not commit yourself to a schedule without first considering your work, school and family obligations.
- When you have a regular schedule, you will have a better experience.
- Call the Volunteer Services office prior to your shift if you will be out.
- Inform the Volunteer Services office of any changes in your schedule.
- Notify the Volunteer Services office if you will be absent for an extended period of time.
- Return your ID badge when you are no longer planning on volunteering.
We welcome individuals of any background, religion or nationality to become a volunteer. All volunteers, however, are required to be able to speak, read and understand basic English, as English is the official language of business at Baptist Health South Florida. Volunteer orientations and selection interviews are conducted in English. Spanish is not required in order to volunteer.
Adult volunteers sometimes assist patients and guests, but usually work most closely with a staff member. The type of staff member varies depending on the work area. For example, volunteers might work with, a nurse, or a technician. Volunteers do not assist physicians directly.
Parking for volunteers is located in the employee garage, 2nd floor and above. Volunteers should not be parked in visitors or reserved spaces.
Adult volunteers are required to wear an approved adult volunteer uniform while they are on duty. Specifics will be provided during the interview and orientation. All volunteers are expected to have a clean and professional appearance. All volunteers are required to adhere to the Baptist Health South Florida Dress Code policy which prohibits excessive jewelry, visible body piercing or tattoos, fragrances or artificial or long natural nails.
In addition to knowing that they are serving the community and helping others, volunteers are eligible for other benefits. All volunteers receive a complimentary meal in the hospital cafeteria on the days that they serve their four hour shift. Volunteers also receive a discount on certain items in the hospital Gift Shop and are invited to several special events and Volunteer General Meetings throughout the year. Current volunteers who have completed at least 100 hours of service are entitled to a percentage off of hospital charges if they are a patient. You may contact Volunteer Services for details. Volunteers also receive an annual flu shot and PPD testing at no charge.
Volunteer assignment will be made in accordance with your interest, abilities, and vocational goals and in accordance with the needs of the hospital, which will be the ultimate determining factor. All volunteer assignments will be made upon the request and agreement of the individual hospital departments.
Volunteers perform supplementary and complementary work for the departments with which they serve. Volunteers do not perform any clinical duties even if they have received training or possess certification. Volunteers serving in patient care units assist staff by helping with paperwork, visiting patients, delivering specimens to the lab and other tasks.
Volunteers who are interested in shadowing should contact the BHSF Graduate Medical Education Office at (786)-467-2633.
There is no guarantee that a volunteer will get a paid position in the hospital. Volunteers have been hired into paid positions within the hospital and have received references from staff members. These volunteers also possessed the education and background that were required for the position. Volunteer service hours are not viewed by employers the same as paid work experience.