Volunteer Program (Age 18 and over)

Volunteers contribute nearly 40,000 hours to the Backus Hospital on an annual basis. Will you consider joining us and make a valuable contribution to your community? We have a variety of volunteer roles with and without patient contact for qualified candidates.

  • All applicants must provide references, immunization history to be cleared through the Employee Health Department, have a criminal background check, and attend a volunteer orientation.
  • Flu shot is mandatory.
  • Parking is offsite. The employee shuttle will drop you off at our doorstep.

Volunteer Service Departments

  • Ambulatory Medical Care
  • Cancer Boutique
  • Communications
  • Center for Healthcare Integration
    • Comforting Hands
    • Energy Therapy
    • Massage Therapy
    • Reflexology
    • Pet Therapy
  • Development Office
  • Emergency Department
  • Endocrinology
  • Escort Office
    • Wheelchair transport
    • Mail courier
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Gift Shop
    • Saturday and Sunday too
  • Information Desk
  • Medical Records
  • Pain Management
  • Patient Representative
  • Pharmacy
  • Registration
  • Rehabilitation Services – Clerical
  • Same Day Surgery – Reception / Clerical
  • Sterile Processing
  • Therapeutic Activity Cart
  • Volunteer and Guest Services Office

To Apply, You Can:

When your completed application has been received by the Volunteer and Guest Services Office, we will call you to arrange an interview.

Junior Volunteer Bridge Program (High School Students)

Applications for Summer 2017 are no longer being received.

The Junior Volunteer Program at Backus Hospital gives high school students the opportunity to explore careers in healthcare, as well as provide services to our patients and staff.

The Bridge Program Fund was developed to sustain that engaging summer program under the direction of the Junior Volunteer Coordinator. To learn more about financially supporting this fund, please contact Gen Schies at [email protected] or (860) 823-6331, or Mary Brown at [email protected].

The Summer Junior Volunteer Bridge Program, funded through donor dollars, provides high school students with volunteer opportunities as well as mentorship, career development and career shadows. It is our hope junior volunteers continue on to higher education or vocational training in careers they learn about at Backus.

Junior Volunteers begin their duties after orientation in June and can continue through the school year.


Application Process: Summer Junior Volunteer Bridge Program

The Volunteer and Guest Services Office will start receiving applications on February 1, 2017 for the summer program.  Only the first 75 applications will be reviewed.  Earlier applications will be returned.


  • The applicant completes the Junior Volunteer application form in full.
  • Be sure a parent or guardian also signs this application, giving the hospital permission to contact 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.
  • Proof of your first and second MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccinations,
  • Proof of your first and second varicella (chickenpox) inoculations, 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. Questions are encouraged; be at your best for the interview.



  • 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 daylong orientation on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 (may be rescheduled to Monday, June 26, 2017 if the school year is extended).
  • Volunteer one eight-hour day each week after June orientation through August 27, 2017.
  • Must not be away more than two weeks and must make up those absences

If you have questions, contact Volunteer & Guest Services at [email protected] or (860) 823-6320.

Download the Application for Junior Volunteers