Making a difference

HARLINGEN – Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others? To help others? To utilize your skillset and talents? Then, you should contact the Volunteer Services Department at Harlingen Medical Center. The award-winning and nationally recognized hospital has opportunities for adult volunteers to come in and support the hospital staff in various departments as a Volunteer!

Harlingen Medical Center is currently recruiting volunteer members 14 years of age and older for its Junior Volunteer Summer program and adults 21-years of age and older to join its year round Adult Volunteer Services program.

“Volunteers are extraordinary people who want to contribute to the greater good of things,” said Maggie Ramos, who manages the Volunteer Services program at Harlingen Medical Center. “We have several opportunities where we can utilize individual’s talents and skills to support the overall operation of the hospital, while assisting our staff in creating wonderful experiences for our patients.”

Volunteers are currently being sought to fill positions in departments and areas that include the hospital hospitality program, Emergency, Finance, Human Resources and Marketing. Duties will vary depending on the assigned department/area, but most will include assisting guests, performing clerical duties, and assisting staff as needed. Some volunteer positions will involve working with patients’ families, while others will involve contact with patients. Volunteers are assigned to a department/area according to their interests and needs of the hospital.

“During their service at Harlingen Medical Center, we want to ensure that all of our volunteers are doing something that they enjoy,” said Ramos. “And, at the same time we want to ensure that they are contributing to the overall wellness of our patients, since they are our number one priority.”

The Volunteer Services program is open to anyone who is interested in giving back to their community.

All potential volunteers must meet certain criteria, which includes submitting a volunteer application, submitting to and passing a background check, clearing all vaccination requirements, and meet a weekly commitment, among others requirements. A dress code must be adhered to while on duty, which includes khaki pants, a burgundy hospital issued Polo, and comfortable, light colored walking shoes.

“The Harlingen Medical Center Volunteer Services program is a great opportunity for those who are at the university level and wish to have an insight into healthcare,” said Ramos. “Our volunteers will receive hands-on healthcare experience, receive credit for school (if they require it), grow personally through service to others, and have access to all of the health and wellness programs offered to volunteers, at HMC, for free.”

To learn more about the Harlingen Medical Center Volunteer Services program, please contact Maggie Ramos at (956) 365-1888 or at