Volunteer Services
Frequently Asked Questions

For Houston Methodist Hospital located in the Texas Medical Center, when may I start?

You may begin your service as a volunteer as soon as you have completed the application process, which takes approximately three to five weeks, depending on various factors. The process includes completing a background check, health and drug screen, safety exam, orientation and training.


Are there opportunities for groups to volunteer?
Yes, we have many opportunities for our service organizations, which include local church groups, civic organizations, small businesses and large corporations. Due to COVID-19, group opportunities are limited at this time.


How many hours per week must I volunteer?
We ask our volunteers to commit to one four-hour shift per week, or two four-hour shifts per week.


What are your hours of operation?
Our Volunteer Services department's hours of operation at Houston Methodist Hospital are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

What are the hours I may volunteer?
The majority of volunteer opportunities occur during our department's business hours (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), although we do offer limited opportunities during evenings and weekends.

Is a flu shot required?
Yes, volunteers must get a flu shot every flu season as an annual hospital requirement.

If I have received a flu shot from somewhere outside of Houston Methodist, may I use it to fulfill this requirement?
Yes, as long as the flu shot was given within the current flu season and you present appropriate documentation. For questions, please contact your Volunteer Coordinator.

Is a COVID-19 vaccine required?

Yes, volunteers of Houston Methodist Hospital are required to complete the COVID-19 vaccine and one booster vaccine to participate in volunteer activities. Requirements will always follow hospital policy, so will adjust appropriately.




Is a tuberculosis (TB) test required?
Yes, this is an annual requirement to ensure your safety and patient safety.

If I have received a TB test in the last 12 months from somewhere outside of Houston Methodist, may I use it to fulfill this requirement?
In most cases, yes, this is acceptable with proper documentation. The Employee Health Clinic at Houston Methodist Hospital will evaluate each case individually.

Are there only patient visitation assignments?
No, we offer a variety of assignments, from greeting visitors to administrative tasks. See our webpage with suggested assignments. 

May I ever change assignments?
Yes, you may discuss assignment changes with your Volunteer Coordinator.

May I volunteer for multiple assignments at once?
Yes, you may discuss assignment details with your Volunteer Coordinator.

If I have a criminal charge on my background check, may I still volunteer?
Having a criminal history does not disqualify you automatically from volunteering. Each case is evaluated individually for approval or rejection by the Human Resources department at Houston Methodist Hospital and the Director of Volunteer Services. It is advised to disclose the criminal history when filling out your application.

Will Volunteer Services validate my parking?
For volunteers at Houston Methodist Hospital, parking will be validated if you are coming in for Volunteer Services business - i.e. health screen, orientation, annual vaccine updates or volunteering. Volunteer Services can only validate parking for Scurlock Tower, Smith Tower and the Outpatient Center garage. Volunteer services cannot validate parking for Texas Medical Center Garages 1 or 7. Find information on parking at the Texas Medical Center on this web page.