Volunteering at Craig Hospital
Craig Hospital typically has about 250 volunteers who regularly give of their time and talents in a variety of settings around the hospital. (Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, our group of volunteers is smaller, but we're rebuilding!) Most volunteers have been at Craig for many years, some for decades. We are indebted to these unique and exceptional people who selflessly help our patients, families and staff. Their contribution and commitment is yet another reason why Craig Hospital is highly respected and has worldwide 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. Gift Shop volunteer shifts are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Volunteer needs within 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 (measles, mumps, rubella), Varicella, COVID-19 and booster vaccinations with your application, or mail separately
- E-mail a copy of a tuberculosis (TB) test you've taken within the past three months; if you haven't been recently tested, you can get a TB test at Craig
- Receive a mandatory yearly flu shot
If you are interested in volunteering and meet all these requirements, please email Director of Volunteer Services Jill Stelley Virden at email@example.com or call 303-789-8071. We will discuss what we can do to create a match for you and Craig Hospital.
Volunteer Services Team
Jill Stelley Virden Director of Volunteer Services & Gift Shop
Jill Stelley Virden, MS, CTRS, is the Director of Volunteer Services and the Craig Hospital Gift Shop. Jill has a BS from St. Cloud State in St. Cloud, MN, and an MS from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO. Jill began in the Therapeutic Recreation department in 1990 and then was the Volunteer and Gift Shop Coordinator from 2008 until her promotion to Director in 2021. While in the TR department Jill worked in all areas of the program including the SCI team, TBI team and Horticultural Therapy, and conducted a research project related to recreation and patient outcomes. Jill also developed the TBI outpatient program for the TR department. Jill now recruits, trains and places volunteers for Craig Hospital, and is in charge of all aspects of the Gift Shop. Jill is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and a member of Colorado Healthcare Directors of Volunteer Services (CHDVS).
Abby Copilevitz Volunteer Assistant
Abby Copilevitz joined the Craig team in November of 2021 as Volunteer Assistant. Originally from St. Louis, MO, Abby moved to Denver to attend the University of Denver and received a BA in Sociology. Abby's role within the Volunteer Department includes recruiting, onboarding and training new volunteers. Outside of work, Abby enjoys being outdoors (running, biking, gardening), cooking and baking, and spending time with family and friends.
Community Volunteer Program
Craig Hospital has volunteer opportunities for corporate groups and/or community members. Our Community Volunteers assist with Craig-sponsored events on campus and in the community. Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.
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Craig Hospital Peer Mentor Program
The mission of Craig Hospital'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.