Volunteering at Craig Hospital
Craig Hospital has approximately 250 volunteers who regularly give of their time and talents in a variety of settings around the hospital. Most volunteers have been at Craig for many years, some for decades. We are indebted to these unique and exceptional people who unselfishly help our patients, families, and staff. Their contribution and commitment is yet another reason why Craig Hospital is highly respected and has world-wide recognition.
Our volunteer positions vary from hands-on patient contact such as helping in the therapy departments, to assisting in non-clinical areas of the hospital. Rehab engineering, assistive technology lab, gift shop, Therapeutic Recreation, Physical Therapy and Research are just some of the many areas in the hospital that use volunteers. Based on the needs in the hospital, prospective volunteers are matched to assignments that align with their interests and availability. All volunteers must attend a mandatory orientation, and additional training is provided by the department in which they will work. Volunteer times vary depending on the needs of each department. The majority of Craig volunteer needs happen Monday-Friday during daytime hours in shifts from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Volunteer needs with the Therapeutic Recreation department are evenings and weekends.
In order to be a Volunteer at Craig, one must meet all of the following requirements:
- Be 16 years of age, or older
- Commit to a minimum of 60 hours per year at Craig
- E-mail a copy of MMR vaccination (measles, mumps and rubella) with your application, or mail separately
- Receive a mandatory yearly flu shot
If you are interested in volunteering and meet all these requirements, please email Jill Stelley Virden at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-789-8417. We will discuss what we can do to create a match for you and Craig Hospital.
Peer Mentor Program at Craig
The mission of Craig’s Peer Mentor program is to foster connections between our inpatients and those in the community living with spinal cord injury or brain injury. After medical care and therapies, there lies a gap into the unknown for patients who are re-entering the community. A peer mentor can bridge that gap by providing insight into what life may look like in the community. A peer, who shares stories of their life experience, offers a glimpse into living with a disability. This allows the patient to imagine their future self, striving for a life well-lived. Sometimes, even being a friendly listener can be beneficial to our patients. Peer mentors will benefit in knowing that they shared insight, guidance and support through a very daunting time in a person’s life. It’s a win-win situation.