The Alvarado Hospital volunteers are an invaluable resource. Aside from
being the friendly face of the hospital greeting visitors at the front
lobby, they help us complete the odd jobs and tasks that allow us to excel
at our jobs.
But there is another aspect of the Volunteer department that directly benefits
our community as well as our hospital. The hospital participates with
the County’s Expanded Work Experience (EWE) and Expanded Subsidized
Employment (ESE) programs. Both programs fall under the Calworks Welfare-to-Work
program which is designed to help disadvantaged people enter the workforce
and become productive members of their communities. Since 2017, Alvarado
Hospital has hired 21 former volunteers through EWE/ESE, with our sister
hospital Paradise Valley hiring one, and one of our staff physicians hiring
one other. Of those 21, 12 remain employed with us today. Of those who
are no longer employed with us, one has returned to school full-time and
is employed at Grossmont College, and the rest have moved on to higher
paying positions elsewhere.
There is a financial incentive for the hospital, as well. Under the EWE/ESE
programs, the County of San Diego reimburses the hospital for providing
an opportunity for these volunteers to learn valuable job skills. In 2018,
Alvarado Hospital received $9,997.26 from the County. And from January
to the end of June, this year, the hospital has received $55,271.03, with
the potential of receiving an additional $45,000 for the rest of 2019.
“This program works great for all involved!” states Jane Schmoll,
director of Environmental Services and Volunteers. “One of the most
gratifying aspects of my job is to help the people in these programs learn
skills that will allow them to provide for their families and become a
part of our community.”
If you are interested in becoming an Alvarado Hospital volunteer, visit the
Volunteer Opportunities page on our website.