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Applications for our volunteer program are available at the front desk, or you can download an application below. After the hospital receives the application and conducts a background check, prospective participants are invited to the hospital for an in-person interview.


Joanne Johnson
Volunteer Services Coordinator
(301) 877-4553

Applications can be mailed to:

Attn: Joanne Johnson
Volunteer Department
7503 Surratts Road
Clinton, MD 20735


At MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, we pride ourselves on offering world-class health care to the Southern Maryland community. Although we accomplish part of that mission by recruiting the region's top doctors and equipping them with the latest technology, we are also dedicated to providing a healing atmosphere of caring and personal attention. MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center volunteers are a key component of that caring environment.

Our volunteers make a difference every day, and they have been part of the strength of MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center since it opened. Sharing their skills and smiles with our patients and staff, our volunteers help keep the hospital running smoothly and make it a truly special place.

Why Volunteer?

People choose to volunteer at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center for many reasons. Some volunteers are considering a career in the medical field while others have retired from healthcare work and want to keep contributing to the field they love. Still others see hospital volunteering as a way to stay involved and engaged in the heart of their community. Volunteering benefits the individuals giving their time as well. Studies have shown that people who get involved in their communities tend to have better health and a more positive outlook on life. Volunteers make lasting friends and practice new skills. Best of all, volunteers get a great sense of pride and purpose from making a difference for our patients, their families, visitors, and hospital staff.

What Requirements Does the Volunteer Program Have?

We accept applications from people 15-17 years old for our Candy Striper program. Volunteers for our adult program must be 18 years of age. We ask volunteers to commit to contributing four hours per week for at least three months.

We are currently not processing adult volunteer applications at the moment due to the Candy Striper program. We will begin processing adult volunteer applications again on August 1, 2019.

What Do MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center Volunteers Do?

Volunteers perform dozens of activities. We make every effort to provide a range of opportunities. We encourage volunteers to try working in many different areas to see what they do best. If you are particularly interested in a certain type of work, please let us know. We try to find work that matches volunteer skills and interests when possible. Available areas include, but are not limited to: the hospital's front desk, surgical waiting areas, nursing units, registration areas in the labor and delivery and emergency departments, radiology department, case management, medical records, storeroom, escort/ wheelchair transporters, and administrative areas.

Four-Wheel Drive Vehicle Drivers Needed During Severe Weather

During severe weather, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center relies on a team of 4-wheel drive vehicle owners who volunteer to transport essential medical staff and hospital associates to work and back home. We are committed to ensuring essential health care providers are available to deliver and support patient care around-the-clock and greatly appreciate volunteers who are able to support this mission by providing this needed service.


Volunteer drivers must be 25 years of age or older and have access to a 4-wheel drive vehicle, have a current driver’s license, vehicle insurance coverage, and a cell phone.  Drivers will be reimbursed for their gasoline and the hospital will provide a free meal in our cafeteria each day the volunteer transports a passenger or passengers. Volunteers will work with hospital associates to drive in their geographical area with the amount of notice and within the time limits they specify on their application.


Download an application here.  For additional questions, please call 301-877-5700.


Candy Stripers


Our Candy Stripers program provides young people ages 15 to 17 with valuable experience in healthcare. These young volunteers perform a variety of important nonclinical functions, from cheering patients and escorting visitors to performing office work and assisting staff as needed. The hospital also sponsors a "career day" for the Candy Stripers, during which the Candy Stripers participate in question-and-answer sessions with members of the medical staff. Candy Striper (youth) applications are generally accepted from January through April. Interested students must submit a recent report card, write a 200-400 word essay explaining why they wish to volunteer at the hospital and participate in an in-person interview. The program runs from June to August each year.