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Volunteer at Centra

Give back to your community through service to others.

Traditional volunteer roles are available at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital, Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital, Centra Southside Community Hospital and Guggenheimer Health & Rehabilitation Center. Opportunities specific to each facility are described below. As we reach forward in serving our community, volunteers now assist in a variety of ways at Bridges Adolescent Treatment Center, Rivermont Schools and other areas throughout Centra.

Centra Lynchburg General Volunteers

In the past 50 years, Centra Lynchburg General Hospital boasts an auxiliary of 434 active, dedicated volunteers and 104 teen volunteers. Last year they gave in excess of 65,925 hours of service. Our volunteers serve in many areas of Centra and work long and hard to raise and donate funds for state-of-the-art equipment, neighborhood clinics and the construction of guest rooms for families of out-of-town or critically ill patients.

Service Opportunities

The Auxiliary/Volunteer Services Department currently offers service opportunities in the following areas:

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation and Treatment Center
  • Centra Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center
  • Stroobants Cardiovascular Pavilion
  • Nursing units, including surgical, diabetic, pulmonary and progressive cardiac
  • Gift Shops
  • Information Desks
  • Communications & Marketing
  • Shuttle van transport
  • Escort and discharge of patients
  • Critical care, surgical waiting and Emergency Department waiting areas
  • Delivery of mail and flowers
  • Office and medical library assistants
  • Pharmacy
  • Radiology
  • Clinical and Plant Engineering, including wheelchair maintenance and repair
  • TLC Volunteer Nurses
  • Errand service
  • Customer service representatives

Unique services at Lynchburg General include assisting in the Emergency Department treatment area; driving the shuttle van to provide rides to patients, visitors and staff to and from parking lots; sewing teddy bears and making handmade toys for more than 6,000 children annually; and providing volunteer assistance for cardiac rehab in the Healthy Living Center at the Jamerson Family YMCA. Area teenagers (ages 14 to 18) who want to gain experience in health care can volunteer one afternoon, evening or weekend day per week (for at least one year) in various areas throughout the hospital.

Centra Virginia Baptist Volunteers

More than 380 active, dedicated volunteers have been serving the patients, visitors and staff at Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital for more than 50 years and dedicated more than 64,000 hours of their time in 2005. In addition to the many hours of service, the auxiliary has raised and contributed funds toward such projects as the Child Care Center, Bridges Treatment Center dining room and van and the hospital parking decks.

Service Opportunities

  • Waiting areas
  • Information desks
  • Delivery of flowers and mail
  • Discharge, patient transport, and escort
  • Gift shops
  • Nursing units, including neonatal and newborn nursery
  • Pediatric tours
  • Wheelchair repair/maintenance
  • Pinkie Puppet and baby cap makers
  • Office assistants
  • Operating room
  • Radiation oncology

Area youth ages 14 to 18 can participate in our 15-day summer volunteer program, or commit to volunteering twice a month during the school year, to gain valuable experiences in a health care setting.

Centra Southside Community Hospital Volunteers

More than 100 active, dedicated volunteers have been serving the patients, visitors and staff at Centra Southside Community Hospital for more than 75 years and dedicated more than 64,000 hours of their time in 2015. In addition to the many hours of service, the auxiliary has raised and contributed funds toward such projects as nursing scholarships, a pediatric crash cart for the Emergency Room,  blanket warmers for same-day surgery, and home health and newborn scales. They also established The Guild Fund which provides funding to buy prescriptions for those who cannot afford them. 

Service Opportunities

  • Waiting areas
  • Information desks
  • Delivery of flowers and mail
  • Discharge, patient transport, and escort
  • Gift shops
  • Nursing units, including neonatal and newborn nursery
  • Office assistants
  • Hospice
  • Cardio/Rehab 
  • College and Youth

Area youth over 14 years of age can participate in our summer volunteer program, or commit to volunteering during the school year, to gain valuable experiences in a health care setting.

The CSCH Auxiliary is the fundraising organization for CSCH. They hold book, linen, purse, jewelry and fudge sales to raise money primarily for nursing scholarships. Annual dues are just $5. 

Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital Volunteers

More than 60 active, dedicated volunteers have been serving the patients, visitors and staff at Centra Bedford for more than 60 years and dedicated more than 11,000 hours of their time in 2015. In addition to the many hours of service, the auxiliary has raised and contributed funds toward such projects as purchase of Staxi Chairs for the Emergency Department and most recent purchase of a Premium Sensory Room for Oakwood Health & Rehab Center. They also established the Giving Tree Fund. The Bernice Johnson Honorary Nursing Scholarship Fund was established to provide funding to support the LPN Program.  Participation in the BCPS High School Internship Program.  Also hosts the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Service Opportunities

  • Waiting areas
  • Information desks
  • Delivery of flowers and mail
  • Tickled Pink Gift Shop
  • Office assistants
  • Health Information Management
  • Adult Day Care Center
  • Public Relations
  • Oakwood Health & Rehab Center (Activities)
  • College and Youth

Area youth over 14 years of age can participate in our volunteer program to gain valuable experiences in a health care setting.  

The Auxiliary is the fundraising organization for CBMH. They hold book, linen, purse, jewelry, uniform/shoe and electronics sales to raise money. No annual dues assessment. 

The Auxiliary/Guild at Guggenheimer Health & Rehabilitation Center

Guggeneheimer offers volunteer opportunities in two particular areas.  Volunteers are paired with residents called good company visits.  together they socialize, go outside, attend an activity, make jewelry, do manicures, read, look at old pictures, work on crafts, play games, and more.  volunteers are also needed during specific group activity programs.  
 
Volunteers also contribute in a variety of one time service opportunities.  Many school groups and service organizations partner with the activities department for a one time special event during the year.  
 
Your time and talents can help make a difference.  Volunteers must be 16 years old in order to participate at Guggenheimer.

Criteria for becoming a Centra volunteer:

  • Sign and follow a code of confidentiality
  • Become familiar with and follow hospital policies and procedures
  • Commit to a specified schedule of service
  • Attend an orientation program
  • Purchase and wear the approved volunteer uniform while on duty
  • Have TB skin testing as required and furnished by the hospital