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Adult Volunteer Opportunities at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus


Inova Fairfax Medical Campus offers many opportunities for volunteer service in 45 service areas, including patient interaction, staff support and retail assignments.

Service Area Options and Availability

Greatest need areas include Gift Shops, Treasure Trove shops, patient support services and clerical assignments.

Requirements to Become a Volunteer

  • Commit to one, 3-4 hour shift per week for a minimum of 6 months
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Complete and pass a background check (valid social security number required)
  • Complete two rounds of tuberculosis screening OR one tuberculosis blood test
  • 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)
  • Provide confirmation of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and one booster dose
  • Attend an orientation session
  • Complete online training

Current service needs and availability are updated monthly and may be viewed below. You’ll have the opportunity to indicate your availability and service area preference on your application.


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

Registration Periods

Applications are reviewed during designated registration periods throughout the calendar year. 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. You’ll begin volunteering within one week of the orientation session.

  • Registration period: July 20-25, 2022
  • Mandatory Meet and Greet via Zoom: Wednesday, August 2 at 9 a.m. or Thursday, August 3 at 4 p.m
  • Mandatory Orientation (choose one):
    • Friday, August 18, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
    • Friday, August 18, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, August 19, 2 - 3 p.m.
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  • Registration will open at 10 a.m. on the first day and close at 12 p.m. (noon) on the last day.
  • We’ll respond to all applications within 10 days of the close of registration.

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 will be held via Zoom. Registration is required in advance and will open 30 days prior to the information meeting at

  • Wednesday, July 19, 2022, 2 - 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2022, 10 - 11 a.m.
  • Thursday, Jan 19, 2023, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 3, 2023, 6 - 7 p.m.

Have Questions?

Below are answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about adult volunteer opportunities at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Schedule Preferences Are You Looking for in Volunteers?

Our greatest needs are Gift Shops and Patient Support Services, weekdays, 9am-1pm or 1pm-5pm. 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 4-5 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 receive your I.D. badge and uniform, and you’ll be guided on a short tour of the hospital and your assignment area.

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?

The requirement for this assignment is to serve a minimum of six months in a clinical support role at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus before applying for placement as a volunteer in the NICU.

Do You Have Any Volunteer Opportunities in Physical/Occupational Therapy?

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.

Do You Have Any Opportunities for Service Projects?

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

Do You Offer Opportunities for Court-Mandated Community Service?

Only the resale stores accept volunteers required to perform court-mandated community service. For details, visit Inova Treasure Troves.