Volunteer Opportunities at  West

Houston Methodist West Hospital welcomes volunteers who want to offer their time, talent and dedication. Volunteers provide a valuable service to both patients and families.

There are a variety of volunteer roles to fit individual time commitments, schedules, abilities and interests. Volunteers may work directly with patients or choose to work behind-the-scenes, providing administration support.


How to Apply


If you would like to learn more about volunteering at Houston Methodist West Hospital, please contact Volunteer Services at 832.522.3060 or email hmwvolunteerservices@houstonmethodist.org.

To apply, please complete the application form below.  Submit your completed application to the Volunteer Services office via fax at 832.522.3061, or email hmwvolunteerservices@houstonmethodist.org.  



Volunteer Opportunities
2023 Summer Teen Volunteer Program
Houston Methodist West's Teen Volunteer Program provides the youth of the community opportunities for personal growth and development in a hospital setting. These young volunteers provide supplemental services throughout the hospital and gain personal satisfaction through helping others, as well as an understanding of the many health care careers that a hospital environment offers.  

  • All prospective applicants must be age 15 by June 1, 2023.
  • Complete applications will be accepted both in-person and via email from Wednesday, February 1st until Friday, April 14th at 4 p.m. Instructions for submitting applications are specified within the application. Incomplete applications will not undergo review or receive an interview. 
  • Complete applications will contain:
    • Fully completed Volunteer Application. Click here to download the application form. 
    • Two letters of recommendation from a teacher or counselor. 
    • Copy of most recent report card. 
    • Proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination (1st dose, 2nd dose and booster). 
    • Copy of a valid photo ID. This can be a school ID, state issued ID, driver's license or passport. 
  • You will be contacted if your application is chosen for an interview. 
  • Mandatory orientation will take place on Tuesday, June 20th and Wednesday, June 21st. Volunteers must attend both dates of orientation. 
  • The 2023 Summer Teen Volunteer Program will run for six weeks, from Monday, June 26th - Friday, August 4th. 
  • All accepted volunteers must undergo a 30 minute health assessment on either June 12th, 13th or 14th and must return two days later to have their TB skin test read. This will be scheduled upon acceptance. 
  • During the program, all volunteers are required to commit to volunteering three days a week for the six weeks of the program. No exceptions will be made for vacations, church/religious functions, or school events. 

First Impressions
The First Impressions program creates a welcoming environment for Houston Methodist West patients, families and customers the moment they step through our doors. Volunteers greet visitors, give directions, escort them to other departments or provide wheelchair assistance if needed. They are knowledgeable about many aspects of our hospital and are able to answer a wide variety of questions.

Admission, Observation, Discharge (AOD)/Surgery Area
Volunteers in our AOD/surgery welcome surgical patients and take care of their family members while their loved ones are in surgery. Volunteers keep families informed and are liaisons to our staff for questions or concerns. Providing a seamless point of contact for family members, volunteers also take families to visit patients following surgery.

Special Procedures
Volunteers working in our special procedures area welcome patients, take care of their families while they are waiting, keep the families informed and act as a liaison when families have questions or concerns.

Imaging Center

Volunteers welcome patients to imaging and escort them to their area of service.

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
In the ICU, volunteers assist family members of surgical patients and supervise visiting time in the waiting room. Following surgery, volunteers accompany families to receive the doctor's reports and to visit patients, as well as maintain the unit's admitting and discharge records, emergency telephone numbers and other pertinent information.

Emergency Department
Emergency room volunteers assist our nursing staff in greeting patients and families and offering comfort, including blankets upon request. Volunteers visit with patients and their families and familiarize them with other areas of the hospital if needed.

Patient Family Centered Care Program (PFCC)
Volunteers participating in the PFCC program visit families and patients in their rooms with the goal to meet their needs on the spot if possible. PFCC volunteers work together with the staff to enhance patient satisfaction, providing the Houston Methodist Experience to every patient and family member.

Clerical Support
Volunteers assist many different departments in our hospital, including human resources, marketing, health information, quality and safety, and the cancer center with clerical projects such as making packets, filing and delivering items.

Chaplaincy Care
Chaplaincy Care volunteers are an extension of our Spiritual Care Department. Volunteers support staff chaplains in providing comfort to patients and families during critical situations.

CanCare Program
CanCare volunteers support patients with all types and stages of cancer during their stay with us. They share a wealth of information covering available resources and support services.

Mended Hearts Program
Mended Hearts volunteers provide specific support to our cardiac patients. During patient visits, volunteers share information, how to access resources, and as former heart patients themselves, listen to patient and family concerns. They lead the Mended Hearts Support Group, which is designed to support heart healthy lifestyles after one’s procedure and meets every third Thursday of the month.

Music RX Program
Musicians of all ages perform throughout our hospital, in the atrium lobby and even in individual patient rooms. Singers, violinists, string instruments performers, guitarists and flutists are especially appreciated on the units. We also welcome pianists to play on our lobby piano.

At-Home Volunteer Opportunities

We have several programs designed for individuals who are interested in assisting the hospital in a volunteer capacity from home. You can earn service hours for these “at-home” programs and if requested, these hours can be tracked and documentation provided.

For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions.