FirstHealth of the Carolinas

Volunteer Opportunities

Clara McLean House volunteers play an essential role in the delivery of services. They choose to serve in this specialized setting so they can take FirstHealth’s core purpose, “to care for people,” to a new dimension. 

Several volunteer opportunities are now available. They include the following:

House volunteers
Group volunteers
Special Events volunteers

House Volunteer Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Successfully complete application/interview process
  • Complete initial health screening and annual TB skin test provided by FirstHealth Employee Health
  • Complete Clara McLean House orientation, which includes one-day classroom and on-site “shadowing” orientation with length tailored to individual needs
  • Time commitment: At least six hours per month (two three-hour shifts) for the first six months and one three-hour shift per month thereafter
  • Attend required continuing education sessions

For more information or to apply to be a volunteer, contact:

Rebecca Ainslie
Foundation of FirstHealth
150 Applecross Road
Pinehurst, NC  28374
(910) 695-7507

House Volunteers:
These volunteers will greet visitors at the reception desk and provide information about the Clara McLean House, FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital and the surrounding community. They will also assist with guest check-in, settling-in and check-out. 

After initial training and experience, volunteers may choose to focus their special talents or interests in specific aspects of the house, including those listed as follows:

  • Morning coffee/breakfast bar – Arriving early to set up/clean up and interact with guests in the family area
  • Tea Ladies – Monthly afternoon tea service to guests and visitors
  • General office – “Back office” assistance including phone, computer and mailings
  • Guest tours – Providing docent-quality tours of the Clara McLean House and Healing Garden to special groups and visitors
  • Library – Ongoing monitoring/arrangement of resource materials, borrowing procedures and computer assistance to guests researching medical information, accessing e-mail and performing business functions
  • Children’s play area – Ongoing monitoring/arrangement of toys, games and activities for the spectrum of developmental levels, with special attention to safety, cleanliness and toy replacement
  • Handymen/women – Volunteers who inspect and report maintenance needs on a scheduled basis and perform minor house maintenance such as light bulb and filter replacement
  • Errand runners – Volunteers who pick up house supplies or items for guests
  • Communications – Volunteers who keep brochures stocked in waiting areas at the hospital and assist with newsletter and other house publications
  • Healing Garden – Volunteers who provide garden maintenance under the supervision of Healing Garden volunteer leaders; cutting and arranging flowers from the cutting garden to be used throughout the house
  • Piano music – Accomplished pianists who will keep the house filled with music by volunteering to play the beautiful piano donated by a local family

Group Volunteers:
Community groups may provide a much-appreciated home-cooked meal for families staying at the house. Groups may also contribute a program such as music and dance performing arts, visual arts, health/fitness activities, games, cookie or muffin baking, devotional programs, computer training, quilting, knitting and other crafts.

Special Events Volunteers:

  • Decorate the house for special occasions
  • Provide educational programs for guests or volunteer staff
  • Provide fundraising activities – assisting with major events or third-party fundraisers within civic groups, school children, church groups, etc.
  • Coordinate community involvement – helping contact/schedule organizations that can contribute a program or activity
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