Volunteers Play a Vital Role at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center

Volunteer Services

The Volunteer Program at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center welcomes adults of all ages and backgrounds, including retirees, professionals, homemakers and college students, as well as men and women who live in surrounding communities. Volunteers are very special people who have one common purpose—they want to help others and make a difference. Volunteers play a vital role at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and are an important part of the hospital “family,” donating their time and talents and working closely to help make a hospital stay more comfortable for patients and their families.

You Can Make a Difference 

You don’t need special skills or training to become a volunteer. Every volunteer brings his or her individual interests, talents and experience to the volunteer program, and each plays a unique and important role. Each prospective volunteer is interviewed, and the staff determines where your interests and skills best match the needs of the hospital. Once you have chosen your service area in the hospital, you will receive a thorough orientation and on-the-job training. Volunteers are encouraged to work one four-hour shift per week, and many of the dedicated volunteers work more frequently. Our volunteers help in our waiting areas and departments, at registration and driving our hospital shuttle bus from the parking lot to the hospital.

Benefits of Volunteering 

In addition to helping others and meeting new friends, as a volunteer you will enjoy the chance to learn new skills and develop new interests. In appreciation for your time and efforts, volunteers are invited to an annual recognition banquet, they participate in hospital social activities, and they receive a complimentary meal in the hospital cafeteria for each shift worked.

Learn More and Complete an Application

For more information about our hospital volunteer program, call 941-782-2131.

Submit an Online Volunteer Application


Note: VolunTEEN program is on hold until 2023.

Our VolunTEEN program runs for eight weeks each summer for teens age 15-18. It provides participants an opportunity to volunteer in a hospital environment with the goal of learning more about the healthcare industry and themselves while helping others. VolunTEENs are expected to commit to volunteering at least four hours a week for all eight weeks of the program.

If you are interested in applying for our VolunTEEN program, please call 941-782-2128​. Please see the printable overview, application and reference forms below. The deadline for application submission is April 30. The VolunTEEN program runs June through August. Interested participants are welcome to email their application request at any time during the year.

VolunTEEN Application Packet

Lakewood Ranch Foundation

The Lakewood Ranch Foundation supports the health needs of local residents through volunteer activities.

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