Houston Methodist
St. John Hospital 

Houston Methodist St. John Hospital welcomes volunteers of all ages — young adults, adults and senior citizens. Volunteers are an essential part of our health care team, helping us deliver compassionate, world-class care to our patients. As a values-based organization, we choose individuals with a strong work ethic who possess personal values of integrity, compassion, accountability, respect and excellence.

Our program offers volunteers many rewarding and meaningful opportunities to interact with patients, assist staff or provide clerical or administrative support to various departments. Creative placement and flexible scheduling allows each new volunteer to pursue his or her special interests, using individual skills and talents to make a positive difference in the lives of our patients, families, staff and fellow volunteers. By volunteering at Houston Methodist St. John, many people have enriched their own lives while serving a vital role in the local community and helping others.

Volunteer Opportunities

Gift Shop Volunteer
Volunteers serve the hospital and its guests in a courteous and helpful manner while performing a variety of duties to ensure normal business operations. Volunteers may assist with customers, operating the cash register, pricing and stocking items or gift wrapping.

Information Desk Volunteer
Information volunteers answer telephones while using the computer to locate patients' rooms and phone numbers. Volunteers direct visitors to patient rooms and other locations and assist guests by answering a wide variety of questions.

Book Cart Department Volunteer
Volunteers make reading material available to hospital patients by taking the book carts to the patient floors. The volunteers maintain an orderly book room out of which they stock the book cart with magazines and hardback and paperback books.

Clerical Assistant
Volunteers assist the office staff by answering phones, copying, running errands and performing other jobs and special job-related duties as requested. Volunteers are positioned in hospital offices such as human resources and medical records.

Patient Services Volunteer
Volunteers interact with patients in many different ways by visiting patients, distributing water and meal trays, passing out patient information pamphlets and giving flowers to new patients. 

Volunteer Requirements and How to Apply
Applicants for volunteering must meet basic requirements, including a background check and Houston Methodist St. John’s health and immunization standards. At the time of your interview, you will be asked to provide written permission for a standard background check to be conducted. Selected volunteers must obtain a TB test and drug screen from our employee health clinic and attend an orientation class. All volunteers are asked to agree to a commitment of at least one four-hour shift per week. Unless negotiated otherwise, a typical term of service is for one year, or a minimum of 150 hours.

To be considered for our volunteer program, please contact Joshua Garza at jmgarza@houstonmethodist.org or 281.523.2645.

If you are selected for further consideration, a representative from Volunteer Services will contact you to arrange a convenient time for an interview.

For more information, read our Frequently Asked Questions