The Volunteer Resource Center at Community Medical Center provides hospital
departments with an active volunteer network. Volunteers give their support
in several ways, from delivering flowers and mail to filling or answering
phones. Community Medical Center's volunteer sites include: main hospital;
The Senior Health Network at the Lighthouse in Toms River; Second Time
Around Consignment Shop; Riverwood Building II.
For more information or to inquire about volunteering, please call (732)
557-8129 or contact
Learn about our Volunteer Department.
Why I Volunteer
While the reasons why people choose to volunteer vary, one thing is certain:
they are helping to make a difference. Community Medical Center is fortunate
to have a dedicated group of volunteers who tirelessly contribute their
time, energy and expertise to our programs, further enhancing the patient’s
experience and leaving a positive impact through even the smallest interaction.
As you’ll read in these stories, the benefits of volunteering are
After being out of work for awhile, Susan Affa, 56 simply has too much
time on her hands and was getting restless. Passionate about giving back
to the community, the Toms River resident looked for volunteer opportunities
and was led to Community Medical Center. She started volunteering in the
fall of 2015 and has been working two days a week ever since.
"I love the hospital setting and find it very calming," says
Susan, who previously volunteered as a candy striper at a South Jersey
hospital. At Community Medical Center, Susan helps transport patients
in and out of the hospital and assist patients with limited mobility.
"The hospital staff, volunteers and patients keep me coming back–everyone
is so friendly. Volunteering is completely fufilling to me– I feel
like a different person by helping others."
Susan has also developed special relationships with patients along the
way. She notes how one patient with advanced stage cancer is the most
friendly, optimistic person she's met. "She lifts me up,"
Even when Susan lands a job, she still plans on volunteering.
When she was in eighth grade, Dhvani Patel and her friends decided to look
for volunteer opportunities. Dhvani knew she wanted to work in a hospital
setting and was excited to learn that Community Medical Center accepted
junior volunteers. Now, at 17, the
Toms River resident is entering her fourth year as a volunteer at Community
Medical Center and has logged around 700 volunteer hours since day one!
Dhvani volunteers weekly and whenever else she is needed. She spends her
time greeting and directing visitors, and delivering flowers to patients.
Her favorite part of volunteering is getting to interact with both visitors
“I like being able to interact with visitors and help make their
day a little easier,” says Dhvani. “It’s also been a
great opportunity to make connections with different physicians, who have
mentored me and really helped in my future education decision process.”
Her volunteer experience has taught her a lot about what it takes to be
a successful medical professional, something she hopes to pursue in the future.
“Before I started volunteering, I was definitely more focused on
the education and medicine side of the medical field but volunteering
has taught me how important it is to be compassionate,” says Dhvani.
“Working with anxious patients and their loved ones firsthand has
showed me the value of compassion. I now believe that competence and compassion
are the most important qualities in a good doctor.”
When Jeff Sharkey, a lifelong Toms River resident, retired after 35 years
of teaching he turned to something that he has always done, volunteering.
He heard about volunteering at Community Medical Center through his church
in 2009, and now seven years later he has logged over 2,070 volunteer
hours for the hospital.
Jeff volunteers four days a week in the Emergency Department, where he
helps get the beds ready, prepares and delivers lunches and assists the
nurses with transporting patients. His favorite aspect of volunteering
is getting to interact with the patients because he has been in their
shoes. Jeff had hip replacement surgery at Community Medical Center.
“I know what it is like to be a patient, and I know they are nervous,”
he says. “I like to help make them feel comfortable with some small
One of the most interesting things that Jeff has experienced while volunteering
at Community Medical Center has been reconnecting with former students
and colleagues. He did not expect to be helping people that he knew, but
he has become a friendly face for them to see in their time of need.
“People looked out for me at several points in my life, and I like
to do the same,” says Jeff. “Volunteering is something that
I have always done, and it makes me feel good to help people out.”