Guild Volunteer Opportunities
SBL Volunteer Guild Scholarships Available
The Sarah Bush Lincoln Volunteer Guild Scholarship program is offering scholarships to students in the healthcare field.
Since 1979 the Guild has awarded more than a half million dollars to provide scholarships to students in our 19-county area who are pursuing their education in medically-related fields. In order to meet criteria, students must be an Illinois resident, be enrolled or accepted into a hospital-related healthcare professional curriculum, attending a school that is accredited or recognized as an approved program by the appropriate agencies. There is also a GPA requirement of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or 4.5 on a 5.0 scale.
2013 Scholarship applications can be downloaded, or to receive a scholarship packet in the mail, contact Colleen Stoner, director of volunteer services at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System at (217) 258-4180. All completed scholarship packets must be received in the Volunteer Services office by April 1.
Volunteers are an important element in the total patient care program at SBLHS. While providing community services, volunteers often touch the lives of others during difficult times.
There are many opportunities for you to use your special skills and abilities while experiencing new and exciting challenges. Volunteers meet new friends and learn first-hand about the care the Health System provides to the communities it serves.
The SBL Guild is an organization comprised of dedicated men and women who donate their time to the Health System by assisting employees and visitors in their day-to-day activities. Guild members also host fundraisers to help purchase local equipment, fund scholarships for healthcare students and fulfill other Health System needs.
Active membership in the SBL Guild involves a commitment of an average of three hours of service each month and a $6 annual membership fee.
What volunteer opportunities are available?
Arts & Crafts – Volunteers use their special talents to make handcrafted items that brighten the spirits of our patients.
Clerical Volunteers – These volunteers provide departmental support by answering telephones, filing, photocopying, and performing other light clerical duties.
Gift Shop Clerk – Owned and operated by the Guild, proceeds from The Gift Shop sales fund Guild programs, activities, and scholarships. It also features an online service so gifts can be delivered to patients from their loved ones.
Guest Relations Desk – Volunteers provide greeting, direction, and information to those entering the Health System.
Home Care Meals Deliverers - Deliveries are made to the city of Charleston. Contact Cindy Foster for details at (217) 258- or 348-2199.
Lifeline - Volunteers call subscribers monthly to test equipment and update their health information for this 24-hour emergency response system.
Regional Cancer Center – Volunteers greet and provide assistance to patients and families. They also provide departmental assistance and offer support and encouragement to those waiting for patients.
Patient Mail Service – Volunteers deliver cards, newspapers, and other mail to patients five days a week.
Sarah's Kiosk – Located in the main lobby, Sarah's Kiosk provides a selection of gourmet coffee and tea to staff, patients, and visitors. Volunteers operate the Kiosk five mornings a week. Proceeds from Kiosk sales fund Guild programs, activities, and scholarships.
Surgical Services Liaison - Facilitating communication between the patient, family members, and physician is the main task of the volunteer; which includes monitoring their location and providing surgery status information to family members.
For more information about becoming a SBL Guild Volunteer, please contact Colleen Stoner , Director of Volunteer Services, at (217) 258-2500.