Benefits of Volunteering

For patients, family members, and friends walking through our doors, it is not an average day. Volunteers help make these days better. If you are 16 years or older, you may apply.

Whether you are walking a patient to their appointment, a visitor to their loved one, knitting a shawl, or serving in a patient care unit, as little as two hours per week spent volunteering can enrich your life by:

  • Positively impacting your physical and mental health
  • Positively impacting the quality and longevity of your life
  • Connecting with your community on a deeper level

Types of Volunteering


In-service volunteers serve by helping patients, visitors, and staff at Reading Hospital, and Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissing. They also help with special projects and events.

  • McGlinn Cancer Institute - Reading Hospital - Patient Greeter (Monday - Friday)
  • Ambassador - Patient/Visitor Guide throughout the hospital (training provided)
  • Observation Unit - Requires FBI and Child Abuse Clearances
  • Laboratory - Greeter (Doctor’s Office Building)
  • Various Medical-Surgical floors - (Medical Division Assistant Volunteer)
  • Perioperative Services - Patient Transport
  • HealthPlex Surgical Center - Greeter/Hospitality
  • Mother & Baby – Requires FBI and Child Abuse Clearances - (limited placements)
  • Spiritual Care - Clerical (limited times)
  • Blue Line - Parking Guide  (helping visitors find appropriate parking)


Off-campus volunteers serve by sewing at home, sometimes participating in special craft projects. Placements are dependent on the hospital’s needs.