Volunteer and Guest Services

Volunteers support the mission of Dartmouth Health by helping to create a compassionate, caring experience for every person, in every moment, everywhere. Our volunteers donate over 30,000 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 the Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center or the Jack Byrne Center for Hospice and 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.