Volunteers Provide an Invaluable Service
The volunteers at Manatee Memorial Hospital provide an immeasurable service to our patients and their families. Hospital volunteers serve in more than 50 different areas in a variety of capacities. Manatee Memorial truly appreciates volunteers and recognizes their hard work in many ways, including a special Volunteer Week held each year. The staff is eager to train volunteers in a variety of tasks needed at the hospital and at our affiliate locations. All volunteers receive a thorough orientation about the hospital as part of their training. We also offer a Summer Teen Volunteer Program for teens between the ages of 15 and 18.
Where Volunteers are Needed
Areas of the hospital where people can volunteer are described below.
Manatee Memorial Foundation Auxiliary
A nonprofit organization, the Manatee Memorial Foundation Auxiliary raises thousands of dollars for nursing and medical scholarships and local social service agencies through a variety of fundraising efforts. They also represent the hospital at special events.
Manatee Memorial Foundation Auxiliary Thrift Shop
Volunteers operate the Manatee Memorial Foundation Auxiliary Thrift Shop, where they perform a variety of tasks such as receiving item donations, assisting customers, pricing merchandise, repairing small appliances and ringing up sales. Money raised in the Manatee Memorial Foundation Auxiliary Thrift Shop is used to provide nursing and medical scholarships and to fund a variety of community service projects.
Manatee Memorial Foundation Auxiliary's Shoppe on the River Gift Shop
The Shoppe on the River Auxiliary Gift Shop is located in the main lobby of the hospital and is operated by volunteers of the Manatee Memorial Foundation Auxiliary. Money raised at the Shoppe on the River is used to provide nursing and medical scholarships and to fund a variety of community service projects.
Hospital Nursing Units and Information Desks
Compassionate volunteers help patients and their families who are feeling the stress associated with hospitalization. Volunteers also help visitors who need assistance with hospital directions and other information.
Patient Transport, Escorting and Driving
Patients need escorts to accompany them from one testing area to another as well as during admitting and discharge. Drivers are needed for our courtesy transportation shuttle. Volunteers also deliver flowers and mail.
Special Skill Areas
Our crafters create beautiful handmade items for heart, surgery and orthopedic patients, as well as newborn babies.
You may also choose to volunteer at the Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center, located at 8770 East State Road 70, Bradenton, FL 34202 (off State Road 70 in the Ranch Lake Plaza).