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Inova Fair Oaks Hospital volunteers are often the first hospital representatives with whom a family member speaks. Whether giving directions, answering the phone, or offering support to patients and team members. Our volunteers help us provide the highest quality, compassionate care to the diverse communities we serve.

Our volunteers are also vital to the operation of the Inova Fair Oaks Hospital Thrift Shop, which sells lightly used clothing and household items. Monies that are made in our thrift shop, gift shop and fundraisers are given back to the hospital to assist in the purchase of necessities for hospital operations. All proceeds from sales and events held by the Inova Fair Oaks Hospital Auxiliary along with the proceeds from their gift shop and thrift store operations are used to purchase equipment and to support ongoing hospital projects.

Volunteer Activities Include:

  • Assisting with answering phones, helping to make copies, file, and assist with data entry and clerical support
  • Interacting with visitors, patients, and guests; helping with directions; answering questions, providing information, and helping in our gift shop
  • Helping in our clinical areas with stocking patient rooms with supplies, assisting with directions, speaking with patients, families, and visitors, and making kits for team members

Current service needs and availability are updated monthly in the interactive volunteer opportunities box below. Select the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines) to see assignments with openings at each of the hospital sites. By clicking the duties and times needed labels, you can view more details about the service area and the times we currently have openings.

Upcoming Application Windows

Before applying, please be sure you’ll be available to attend the corresponding mandatory orientation session and meet the attendance requirement of serving one, 3-4 hour shift per week for a minimum of six months.

We invite you to check here in March 2024 for information about next year's program.

Requirements to Become a Volunteer

  • Commit to one, 3-4 hour shift per week for a minimum of 6 months (unless participating in our High School/College summer-only program, during which each student is permitted 2 absences as needed).
  • Be at least 16 years of age on or before the start date of the session for which you’re registering (for involvement in the High School programs); OR be at least 18 years of age (for involvement in the College and Adult programs).
    • We ask that all communication come directly from the student.
  • Complete and pass a background check through Certiphi following application submission.
  • Complete two rounds of tuberculosis screening OR one tuberculosis blood test.
  • Submit signed copy of Immunity Verification form to confirm receipt of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), Varicella (Chickenpox), Tdap for Pertussis (Whooping Cough) vaccines OR proof of immunity via titer.
  • Receive a flu vaccine (if onboarding during flu season).
  • Take online training and pass quiz with 80% or better.
  • Attend new volunteer orientation (dates scheduled quarterly).

Annual Volunteer Requirements

  • Receive a flu vaccine during flu season (provided free of charge to all active volunteers through our Team Member Health Office).
  • Complete annual online volunteer safety training.

Onboarding Process

Applications are reviewed during designated registration periods throughout the calendar year.

Contact Us

Feel free to contact us for further information:

Volunteer Services Department
Inova Fair Oaks Medical Campus


Steps in the Volunteering Process

Optional Information Meetings

To learn more about our program requirements and service area opportunities before applying, we welcome you to attend an information meeting. While not mandatory in order to participate as a volunteer, we highly recommend attending to make sure our program is a good fit for you.

Note: all meetings are held via Zoom at the following link:

  • Wednesday, November 15, 2023, 10 to 11 a.m.

Upcoming Application Windows – Adults Only

We are not onboarding High School students currently as our shift needs fall during school hours. We invite you to check here in March 2024, for information about next year's program.

Adult and College Student Applications are reviewed during designated windows throughout the calendar year. High School students are only onboarded during the summer session. Adult volunteers (18+ years) for Spiritual Care and the Inova Fair Oaks Thrift Store are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Please email for more information.

Fall Application Window: Applications are now closed

  • Mandatory Meet and Greet via Zoom: August 9 at 2:00 p.m. OR August 11 at 10:00 a.m. The zoom link will be sent to all applicants.
  • Mandatory Orientation: September 26 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Winter Application Window: November 16 - 20, 2023

  • Our application will open at 8 a.m. on the first day and close at 4 p.m. on the last day, submit application at:
  • We’ll respond to all applications within 10 days of the close of registration.
  • Mandatory Meet and Greet via Zoom: December 5 at 10:00 a.m. OR December 8 at 1:00 pm
  • Mandatory Orientation: January 10 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Spring Application Window: February 14 – 19, 2024

  • Our application will open at 8 a.m. on the first day and close at 4 p.m. on the last day, submit application at:
  • We’ll respond to all applications within 10 days of the close of registration.
  • Mandatory Meet and Greet via Zoom: February 27, at 1 pm, OR February 29, at 10 am
  • Mandatory Orientation: April 2, from 10 am - Noon

Have Questions?

Below are answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about adult volunteer opportunities at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Schedule Preferences Are You Looking for in Volunteers?

Our greatest needs are between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday – Friday. At this time, we have very few early morning, late evening and weekend shifts. The greater flexibility you have in your schedule, the more likely we will be able to accommodate you.

What if My Availability Doesn’t Match Where There is an Opening?

The volunteer needs of the hospital change regularly. We encourage you to register again in the future.

Can I Volunteer More Than Once a Week?

Yes. After you start in your assignment area, speak with your supervisor regarding the need for additional volunteer support.

How Long Does It Take to Complete the Requirements?

You’ll be given 4-6 weeks to complete all requirements.

When Will I Know My Volunteer Assignment?

We'll respond to all applications within 10 days of the close of registration.

What Happens During the Orientation?

You'll learn about the volunteering program at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, receive your uniform, and be guided on a short tour of the hospital.

When Will I Start as a Volunteer?

Within one week of attending the orientation.

Do You Have Volunteer Opportunities as a NICU Cuddler/Baby Rocker?

At this time, we do not have volunteer opportunities for cuddlers/baby rockers in the NICU at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital.

I Am Looking for a Job with Inova. Where Can I Find Information?

Do You Have Any Group Volunteer Opportunities?

The types of volunteer requests we receive from the hospital's various service areas do not lend themselves to group activities, so we cannot absorb group volunteers.

How Do I Donate Items to the Hospital? (Books, Magazines, Toys, Etc.)

Can I complete clinical observation hours for my degree through Volunteer Services?

The volunteer office at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital does not oversee internships, opportunities to observe clinical providers, or place volunteers in clinical assignments.