Adult Volunteer Program

Volunteer--080Volunteers contribute nearly 45,000 hours to the Backus Health System on an annual basis. Will you consider joining us and make a valuable contribution to your community?

  • All applicants must be interviewed by staff, provide references, be cleared through the Employee Health Department, have a criminal background check, and attend a Volunteer Orientation.
  • Volunteers also complete an annual in-service program and an annual health screening.
  • Flu shot is mandatory.

Volunteer Service Departments

  • Ambulatory Medical Service
  • Arthritis Center
  • Cancer Center
  • Central Sterile Supply
  • Communications
  • Courier
  • Diabetic Clinic
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Emergency Room
  • Escort Office
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Gift Shop
  • Healing Touch
  • Human Resources
  • Information Desk
  • Management Information
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Records
  • Operating Room
  • Out Patient Lab
  • Pain Management
  • Patient Accounts/Coding
  • Patient Representative
  • Pet Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Philanthropy Office
  • Registration
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Same Day Surgery
  • Volunteer Services Office

To Apply, You Can:

  • Download an application
  • Contact the Volunteer and Guest Services Office at (860) 823-6320 with a request for an application and one will be mailed or emailed to you.
  • Stop by the Volunteer and Guest Services Office and pick up an application

When your application has been completed and returned to the Volunteer and Guest Services Office, we will call you to arrange an interview at a time that is convenient with both you and staff.

View Current Listing of Available Volunteer Opportunities

Junior Volunteer Program

Picture-011Backus Hospital’s Junior Volunteer Program gives high school students the opportunity to explore careers firsthand, as well as provide service to the hospital and our patients.

Junior Volunteer Program / Summer 2016

The program provides high school students the opportunity to learn new skills, develop new interests, and make new friends. If you enjoy the satisfaction that comes from helping others, you will enjoy being part of The William W. Backus Hospital Junior Volunteer Program.

Juniors begin their duties as soon as they complete their orientation in June, and can continue through the fall, winter and spring months, after school on weekdays, and school vacations.

Our Junior Volunteer program gives young people the opportunity to explore careers in healthcare, as well as provide service to our hospital and patients.


Applying for the Junior Volunteer Program

Please read the following information carefully, if you have questions about our program, please contact Volunteer & Guest Services at (860) 823-6320.


  • Applicant completes the Junior Volunteer application form in full.
  • Be sure a parent or guardian also signs this application. This gives the hospital permission to contact the teacher or guidance counselor you have chosen for your school reference.
  • Attach a copy of your student ID.
  • Acceptance into our program is very competitive. We regret that we are only able to offer interviews up to 50 applicants.


For our health records, and to maintain the safety of our patients, please attach proof of:

  • Your first and second MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccinations,
  • Your first and second Varicella (chickenpox), titer, or Physician-documented date of disease.


Applicants are interviewed by Volunteer Services with a parent or guardian present. Please feel free to ask any questions about the Volunteer program, and to provide any information about your interests. Be at your best for the interview.


Guidelines for Volunteering

Applicants who are accepted into the summer program must:

  • Provide a recent PPD (a tuberculosis skin test), or sign a new parental permission slip for our PPD Clinic at Backus in June.
  • Attend the 8-hour orientation on Monday, June 27, 2016
  • Volunteer a minimum of one eight-hour day of service each week after orientation, through the start of school.
  • Not be away more than two weeks.

We aim to make this program as meaningful as possible for Junior Volunteers, and encourage participants to let us know if they are interested in a particular assignment.

Summer 2016 application will be available in December 2015.

Backus Volunteer Bridge Program

The Backus Volunteer Bridge Program is a campaign to support and expand the Backus Volunteer Leadership Program.

At Backus, we create meaningful, professionally fulfilling volunteer experiences for all who give of their time.  This is especially crucial for our Junior Volunteers.  Each year, more than 150 young women and men from high schools throughout eastern Connecticut benefit from career exploration, job shadowing and gaining hands-on experience in a busy hospital setting.

The Bridge campaign assists in making that experience even better.  All funds raised through the campaign are used to build an endowment to develop and sustain an engaging summer program under the direction of the Junior Volunteer Coordinator, as well as valuable career exploration programs throughout the school year.

If you are interested in assisting with the campaign in any way, please contact Mary Brown, CAVS, Manager of Volunteer and Guest Services at 860.823.6320 or Gen Schies, Manager of Development at 860.823.6331.