Volunteer Programs

Enhancing our care.

At Palmetto Health, our volunteer programs help us enhance the level of compassionate care we provide our patients. Nearly 700 volunteers provide more than 50,000 hours of support to our patients, their families and our caregivers each year.

We greatly appreciate the time, sense of responsibility and flexibility our volunteers offer. In return, we offer a wide variety of places and ways to serve and opportunities to match your interests and talents. We integrate our volunteers into our quality patient care mission to meet the needs of those we serve.

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Interested in volunteering at Palmetto Health? Choose your preferred campus and apply below.

Junior Volunteer Program –  Learn more and apply 

Palmetto Health Baptist – Join our Auxiliary, HELP or Personal Touch programs. Apply now

Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge – Volunteer with our Auxiliary, HELP and Personal Touch programs. Apply now

Palmetto Health Hospice – Volunteer with our Columbia, Newberry or Sumter Hospice locations. Apply now

Palmetto Health Richland – Apply here for our Auxiliary, HELP and Personal Touch programs. Apply now

Palmetto Health Tuomey – Apply for our programs in Sumter here. Apply now

For more information, contact us at 803-296-5520 (Baptist), 803-907-1501 (Parkridge), 803-296-3143 (Hospice), 803-434-6242 (Richland) or 803-774-8658 (Tuomey).

Our programs

Auxiliary Volunteers
Auxiliary volunteers support us in several areas in our hospitals, including registration, information desks, gift shops, intensive care waiting rooms and surgery waiting rooms. Learn more 

HELP (Hospital Elder Life Program) volunteers work directly with medical and nursing staff to provide hands-on care to patients age 65 or older. Volunteers help patients maintain their cognitive and physical functioning. Additional training is required. 

In Columbia, Newberry and Sumter, our Palmetto Health Hospice volunteers offer their time and emotional support to patients, families and staff in a variety of locations, including patient homes, hospitals and nursing facilities. Hospice volunteers can assist with patient support, administrative work or community education. Learn more

Junior Volunteer Program
Students considering a health care profession who would like to volunteer with Palmetto Health should apply for our summer program. Junior Volunteers support our team members, patients and visitors. Learn more

Personal Touch
Personal Touch volunteers work with our nursing staff to offer comfort care to patients and families. Comfort care can include: helping patients walk, eat or bathe; back rubs; and emotional support such as listening, reading or holding a hand. Additional training is required. Learn more

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