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College Student Program

Volunteer Program Updates | Jan. 6, 2022
Thank you for your interest in our College Student Volunteer program. However, the program’s spring 2022 cohort is now full and we look forward to reopening recruitment in late-April for our summer 2022 cohort.

In the meantime, we invite you to review the primary requirements of our volunteer program detailed below and complete our College Volunteer Interest Survey.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 Vaccination Info for Prospective Volunteers 
The following information provides the details of our COVID vaccination requirement for all Friends of Strong volunteers, along with the vaccination timelines that must be met in order to volunteer with Strong Memorial Hospital.

The Requirement
The University of Rochester (Strong Memorial Hospital) requires all volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and to provide proof of vaccination prior to beginning their service. This also includes volunteers who will be serving at off-site UR Medicine locations.

Individuals cannot commence volunteer activities until the point of being fully vaccinated, which is two weeks following the final dose of a vaccine!

This means that you are only considered fully vaccinated after at least two weeks (14 days) have passed since you received the second dose in a 2-dose series vaccine; or at least two weeks have passed since receiving a single dose of a 1-dose vaccine.

Therefore, if you are interested in volunteering with Friends of Strong this spring, you should consider beginning the vaccination process as soon as possible, as you do not want to delay/miss out on the selection of your volunteer role options because you are not yet fully vaccinated at the time your preferred role begins.

Getting the Vaccine
Interested volunteers can take advantage of the many COVID-19 vaccination locations in the region, including local pharmacies. In the Rochester area, the Finger Lakes Vaccine Hub continues to provide resources and information on the various locations that offer the vaccines.

Questions? Please call our office at (585) 275-2420.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Students currently enrolled in college are eligible to participate for 3–4 hours each week for a duration of one or two semesters.
  • Sign up to attend a virtual group information session, where you will learn about volunteer opportunities, responsibilities, and a comprehensive overview of the volunteer onboarding process. Click here to sign up during open enrollment periods, as indicated above.
  • Participate in a personal interview with one of our volunteer coordinators. You will learn about available volunteer roles at this meeting.
  • Participate in a health appointment with URMC's Employee Health. (There is no charge for this, nor need to schedule. All arrangements will be made for you through Friends of Strong.)
  • Commit to a minimum of three to four hours of volunteer activities per week for one semester. Some departments require a two-semester commitment.
  • Able to communicate clearly and fluently in English.
  • After the group, personal and health appointments, you may also be required to attend an orientation session for the department where you are assigned.
  • Agree to submit to a background check and any additional requirements that are mandated by the University of Rochester.

Frequently asked questions for college student volunteers

How do I get started?
Sign up to attend a virtual group information session.
I don't have many classes this semester. How much time can I volunteer per week?
That would depend on the number of volunteers and opportunities we have available at any given time.
Can I volunteer any time I want?
Volunteer shifts may vary depending on the type of position we match you with. Currently, most placements occur during weekday hours, Monday through Friday. Occasionally we have evening and weekend positions available.
What kinds of activities will I be doing?
We offer a variety of activities in hospital departments and units. Some of those are Pediatrics, Patient Discharge, and the Gift Shop. All of our positions involve contact with patients on some level.
My older brother got to work in a lab. It was very cool. I might like to do that.
We no longer offer lab or clerical assignments.
I just had a physical. Why do I need a health appointment?
Your safety and the safety of our patients and staff is our first priority. The only way we can assure that is when you have been seen by our staff at Employee Health. The will also confirm that your vaccinations and other health-related requirements are up-to-date.