The Five Commonalities of Volunteering

Serious Commitment

In giving your time, you are making a serious commitment to the hospital, to the service areas where you will be volunteering, to the Volunteer Services program and to yourself. Please make sure that you are able to set aside hours out of your schedule of school, work, family and other activities to be here. When you make this commitment, you are committing to be punctual, active, to wear your uniform and MedStar Georgetown ID to represent MedStar Georgetown University Hospital to the best of your ability.


It is important that the time you spend in the hospital is devoted to helping others, so take initiative by asking "How can I be of help? What else can I do?"

Become Part of Our Community

Let your service area know that you have arrived and introduce yourself to the employees and patients. Once you feel comfortable, please let your Direct Volunteer Supervisor know if you have any special talents you are willing to share with the patients, i.e.: playing chess, playing a musical instrument.

Down Time

You will be busy, but there may be short periods of time when there may not be anything for you to do. It's important that you use these times wisely and effectively. Be proactive- ask what other things would be helpful for you to do. Please do not use this time to text, talk on your phone, check your email or read magazines.

Clerical Work

No matter what service area you are in, expect a degree of office work. This includes filing, organizing patient records, using the computer, answering phones, or running requested errands.

Contact the Department of Volunteer Services

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
3800 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC 20007
CCC Building Room 3402
[email protected]

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Walk-in Hours: Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon