Volunteer and Guest Services

The Volunteers Program serves the mission of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center by helping create a compassionate, caring experience for every person, in every moment, everywhere. Our volunteers donate over 20,000 hours of their time each year in a variety of roles to benefit our patients, guests, and community.

A volunteer and provider with a patient
Our volunteers help create a compassionate, caring experience for every person, in every moment, everywhere.

Volunteer requirements

To become a volunteer, you must:

  • Be a minimum of 16 years old
  • Be able to commit to at least 50 hours of service per year
  • Complete a health screening including required immunizations through our Occupational Medicine clinic (free of charge)
  • Complete federal (if 18 years old or older) and New Hampshire State background screens
  • Not be paid for your service; if you are a staff member, you must volunteer in an area separate from where you work
  • Be enrolled through Volunteer and Guest Services

Our mission

Volunteer and Guest Services enhances the health care experiences of our patients, families, and greater community by promoting a healing environment through the efforts of community and employee volunteers.

Learn about the early history of our Volunteers.

What do you receive from your volunteer service?

  • The opportunity to make a difference in someone’s day
  • A chance to meet new people and build connections
  • New skills and experience in a health care environment
  • Discounts at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center pharmacy in Lebanon
  • Access to the Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library in Lebanon
  • Recognition of service through annual appreciation events and recommendation letters after serving 50 hours or more

How to become a volunteer

To volunteer at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center or the Jack Byrne Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, please visit the Volunteer Opportunities and Apply to Volunteer pages.

Note: If you are interested in shadowing, observing, or interning, please visit the Workforce Readiness Institute. Those programs are run separately from Volunteer and Guest Services.