2018 Summer Student Volunteer Program

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What is the 2018 Summer Student Volunteer Program?

The Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center Summer Student Volunteer Program consists of high school students from Buffalo and surrounding communities who carry out specific duties within the Roswell Park campus. Students will do worthwhile work that truly makes a difference in the overall care of patients who are suffering from cancer. This is an invaluable opportunity to gain work-related experience, build a résumé, and explore the different aspects of the health care industry.

Each student will volunteer for two weeks throughout the hospital during their scheduled sessions.

What are the benefits of being a Summer Student Volunteer?

  • Personal satisfaction and fulfillment from making a difference in other people’s lives
  • Gain hospital work-related experience
  • The opportunity to include on your résumé that you attended the Summer Student Volunteer Program at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • A $5 cafeteria meal discount every day that you are here to volunteer
  • Letters of recommendation for college applications or job references
  • Documentation of community service hours
  • Develop new interests and explore different career opportunities in the health care field
  • Meet other volunteers and develop long lasting friendships

What are the requirements?

  • Volunteer opportunities are available to high school students ages 15–18 years old
  • Minimum of an 80 percent grade point average with supporting documentation from a school counselor
  • A completed volunteer application - Download Here
  • A brief essay explaining why you would like to volunteer at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.
  • Completed and signed summer student volunteer checklist - Download Here
  • Signed parental consent form - Download Here
  • A letter of reference from a guidance counselor, a teacher or a coach
  • Instructions for completing the Roswell Park volunteer medical certification - Download Here
  • Roswell Park volunteer medical certification form, including immunization records - Download Here

All of the above items including the completed medical forms must be received by June 15, 2018.

When do Summer Student Volunteers volunteer?

This year we are offering 3 Summer Student Volunteer Programs, each two weeks in length. During each session, students volunteer for four hours per day, generally from 8 a.m.–12 p.m. or 12–4 p.m., Monday–Friday for a total of 40 hours over the two-week period. (Students may only apply for one volunteer session.)

The 2018 sessions are as follows:

  • Session 1- July 9th - July 20th 
  • Session 2 - July 30th - August 10th
  • Sessions 3 - August 20th - August 31st 

What services do Summer Student Volunteers participate in?

Coffee Cart
With a partner, the volunteer stocks the necessary essentials on the coffee cart and travels from clinic to clinic and waiting areas to offer beverages and snacks to patients and visitors. When the shift is completed, the volunteer returns the cart to the kitchen and readies the essentials for the next volunteer. The volunteer must be self-motivated, with a congenial personality and good communication skills.

Craft Cart
A volunteer prepares the craft cart with arts and crafts provided by the Patient Advocacy Department. The varieties of available crafts provide patients and family members in the clinical waiting areas of the hospital with pleasant diversions to pass the time, as well as allowing the volunteer to be a friendly visitor lending support and hospitality. The volunteer must keep the inventory updated.

Errand/Escort - Helping Hands
Volunteers assist staff/departments by completing errands and escorting/transporting appropriate patients according to policies and procedures. Tasks may include answering phones to assign tasks, organizing mailings, assembling packets, and transporting medical records from one area to another. Volunteers must have good communication skills in English, a working knowledge of the hospital’s layout, and the ability to walk distances. A seasoned volunteer acts as a mentor for new volunteers.

Gift Shop
Volunteers provide assistance in the hospital’s busy retail shop. Responsibilities include assisting customers, cashiering, providing information about the store’s stock and assisting with inventory, marking goods, keeping the display tidy and attractive, dusting and vacuuming. Volunteers receive training and are required to have excellent customer service skills. Proceeds from sales support the Institute.

Hospitality Room
The Hospitality Room at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center serves as a place for patients, visitors and family members to relax and escape from the harsh realities of the reason they are here: cancer. It is a kitchen/dinette/living room/recreation room equipped with coffee, hot and cold running water (for tea), as well as store bought donations brought in by the volunteers who staff the room as well as a television. Typically two (at most) volunteers are manning the room and consistently dispensing coffee and refreshments while maintaining a positive demeanor as they facilitate friendly conversation among the visitors. It is open Monday through Friday. Hours of operation are 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. The room also houses books donated to the Volunteer Office at Roswell Park as well as knitted hats that have been collected by donations as well. Patients are allowed to take the hats free of charge as well as the books. With the ability to bring the patients comfort and ease, the Hospitality Room feels more like a home than a hospital. It is essential to the mental and emotional care of our patients.

Patient Transport
Patient transporters spend most of their day on their feet, either moving patients or moving equipment from one area to another. Transporters must identify patients to make sure they're taking them to the correct destination.

Special Projects
During the year we receive many project requests that may take a large amount of time or special training. These requests range from scanning to providing assistance in the Radiation Department. No two jobs are the same, but they are all are important to the mission of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and its patients.

These are just some of the ways in which summer students can become an integral part of Roswell Park's volunteer programs.

General Information

Volunteer placements and assignments will be determined based on application information and one-on-one phone interview with students. Volunteers will be notified of their acceptance or denial within one month of their application.

Your first day will be from 8-noon or 12-4 depending on if you choose AM or PM; all students must be in attendance on the 1st day with no exceptions given.

The student volunteer dress code is as follows:

  • Khaki pants or Knee length shorts only - No Denim, Leggings, or Yoga pants
  • Official Roswell Park issued shirt
  • Sneakers or other closed-toe shoes must be worn at all times. No sandals or flip-flops are allowed!

For more information or to receive a mailed application packet, please email Ryan.St.Louis@roswellpark.org or call our office at 716-845-5708.