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8110 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042

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, 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. In 2018, the Auxiliary donated more than $ $669,000. In spring 2019, they generously donated $567,817.78 for a 3-D mammography machine to the Inova Fair Oaks Hospital Radiology Department.

Volunteer Activities Include:

  • Support operations of: registration, Surgical Services, administrative projects, and flower and gift delivery
  • Welcome patients having outpatient surgery; facilitate their registration and discharge, keep friends and family informed
  • Gift Shop and Thrift Shop – Tasks include interacting with patients, staff and visitors selling; assisting staff with stocking and other retail functions; and helping keep shop, stockrooms and inventory clean and orderly.
  • Greeting and escorting patients and loved ones to their destinations
  • Provide administrative support to various hospital departments
  • Participate in special social events and fundraising activities

In addition to the pleasure of knowing they are helping others, volunteers enjoy these additional benefits:

  • Discounts in the cafeteria, gift shops and health and wellness programs
  • Free parking
  • Free annual flu shots
  • Recognition events

Requirements to Become a Volunteer

  • Commit to one, 3-4 hour shift per week for a minimum of 6 months (unless participating in the summer-only program, will need to commit to all dates outline in each session; no alternative dates offered)
  • Be at least 15 years of age on or before the start date of the session you’re registering for (for involvement in the High School programs); 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
  • Complete two rounds of tuberculosis screening OR one tuberculosis blood test
  • Provide confirmation of receiving the COVID-19 vaccination with booster
  • Provide confirmation of receiving 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)
  • Complete online training
  • Attend new volunteer orientation

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

HELP Program Volunteer:

As a volunteer of the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) you will be working directly with senior patients and unit team members during their hospital stay. Volunteering with the HELP program requires a 1 year/120 hour commitment (whichever is fulfilled first).

Learn more about becoming a HELP volunteer

Apply Online (Adult)

(* Note that access to the online application is available only during the active application periods listed above.)