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Join Our Volunteer Team at Independence Health System

When you volunteer at Independence Health System (IHS), you become part of a unique group of individuals motivated by various reasons but together, working toward one goal ― improving the health and well-being of every life touched. And the opportunities to volunteer are as varied as the people seeking to help. From preparing mailings, packaging medical charts, making the initial connection with visitors at the front desk, staffing the surgical waiting areas, or any other of the roles available, you contribute toward making IHS a caring place for those who enter our doors.

Click on the location below to find volunteer opportunities:

Butler Memorial Hospital

Butler Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

Our Auxiliary is comprised of retired professionals, homemakers, hospital employees and is a valuable resource in assisting hospital staff. Membership is available to all qualifying applicants older than 18. Prospective members must complete an application. Click here to download an application to be a Butler Memorial Hospital Volunteer.

Junior Auxiliary

This program has been designated to supplement and enhance the quality of care provided to patients, families, visitors, and the community; as well as to broaden your awareness of various medical professions. You must be entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade by the fall of 2024 to qualify for this program. There is only one class/session per year. The membership year for 2024 will begin on June 12, 2024, and will conclude on August 25, 2024. A mandatory orientation session is required for all chosen Jr. Auxiliary members. Your application form and two letters of recommendation must be completed and returned no later than Friday, March 31, 2024. Preference may be given to early applications. Applications received after March 31, 2024, will not be considered.

Click here to download the Junior Auxiliary Program application

Clarion Hospital

Clarion Hospital Student Volunteers

For college students of any age desiring to pursue a certain career field in healthcare. Click here to download an application to be a Clarion Hospital Volunteer.

Clarion Hospital Adult Volunteers

For adults ages 18 and over who would like to volunteer primarily for the purpose of serving their community and experiencing the fulfillment which volunteering provides.

For more information about how to become a Clarion Hospital volunteer, please call 814-226-1673.

Once your application is processed, a hospital representative will contact you with information about opportunities available based on your schedule and interests.

Frick, Latrobe and Westmoreland Hospitals

Our age requirement for volunteering is 16 years old and above. So, if you have a particular skill, the ability to give back, a passion for caring, and enjoy being part of a team, you can become a volunteer.

What You Gain from Volunteering

Our volunteers find their experiences rewarding and adaptable to their skills, abilities and needs. As part of volunteering, you get:

  • Orientation and training
  • Free parking
  • Free meal in the hospital cafeteria
  • Flu shot
  • Opportunities to attend Safety and Employee Health Fairs
  • The ability to meet new people and interact with staff
  • Career exploration and job experience
  • A chance to learn more about your community’s leading health system

Hospital and Off-Site Campus Volunteers

We welcome volunteers age 16 and older at our Frick, Latrobe, Westmoreland Hospital campuses as well as the Squares at Norwin and Latrobe and Laurel Surgical Center locations with opportunities for adult volunteers and students who are preparing for their future or exploring career goals. Options include:

  • Patient Care Team Work areas such as family visiting areas
  • Emergency Departments
  • Administrative Offices, Food and Nutrition, Social Services and others
  • Community Outreach Events

There are also similar opportunities at the Square at Norwin, our outpatient center located in North Huntingdon; the Square at Latrobe, the Square at Connellsville; Laurel Surgical Center, Greensburg, and our Excela Health Medical Group physician offices across Westmoreland County.

For more information, call: 724-832-4099.

To become a volunteer, please complete the appropriate application form located at the bottom of this page.

Hospice Volunteers

Hospice-trained volunteers serve as part of a team giving compassionate care to those with a terminal illness and their families. They provide a support system for caregivers by visiting patients or helping them and family members with errands. Hospice volunteers also provide direct and indirect patient care including respite and social visits, clerical duties and help with special projects.

To learn more about hospice volunteering, call our Volunteer Coordinator, 724-689-1800.

Pet Therapy Volunteers

Our team of volunteers at Independence Health System includes a few furry friends as well. Pet therapy animals are used to provide comfort and affection to patients, staff and visitors at various locations throughout the system. Their owners, who accompany their animals on visits, must meet the same requirements as any other volunteer.

Each animal:

  • Must be at least one-year-old
  • May be of any breed or mixed breed
  • Must be tested and registered through one of the recognized national or regional therapy animal organizations
  • Must be up-to-date on certain health requirements
  • Must not be fed a raw diet
  • For additional information, review our pet therapy FAQ

To become a volunteer in the Westmoreland Area, please complete the appropriate application form below.

We Invite You to Join Us by Calling:

Westmoreland Hospital
Telephone: 724-832-4099

Latrobe Hospital
Telephone: 724-537-1024

Frick Hospital
Telephone: 724-542-1870

Excela Health Hospice
Telephone: 724-689-1800

Westmoreland Hospital Auxiliary -
Telephone: 724-689-0202

Latrobe Area Hospital Aid Society
Telephone: 724-537-1733