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Volunteer Programs

Our volunteer program opportunities fall under the following categories:

Adult Volunteer Program

Our volunteers serve in a variety of areas, both clinical and non-clinical. Our goal is to find a volunteer assignment that suits your unique skills, interests, talents and purpose for volunteering. Whether you enjoy interacting with others or prefer being behind the scenes working more independently, we will be glad to discuss available opportunities with you.

Occasional volunteer meetings provide the opportunity to enjoy a meal with other volunteers, receive additional information and education and have a little fun as well.

In addition to the valuable volunteer service they provide, our volunteers raise funds through our Gift Shops and special fundraising events. Our volunteers donate more than $100,000 to the Health System annually to benefit patient care services, programs and equipment as well as provide up to $6,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are pursuing careers in health care.

Our adult volunteers are required to meet the Volunteer Program Requirements. In addition, those who wish to serve at our Senior Care Centers have additional education and fingerprinting requirements.

Pastoral Care Volunteer Program

The pastoral care volunteer program helps to meet the spiritual needs of patients, their families and our Health System team members. They also assist with special spiritual rituals such as Blessing of the Hands during National Hospital Week and distribution of ashes on Ash Wednesday. Ordained clergy from all denominations are invited to contact our Volunteer Services Office to learn more about the program.

Pastoral care volunteers are required to meet the Volunteer Program Requirements and provide a certificate of ordination.

Pet Therapy Volunteer Program

Pet therapy volunteers and their certified therapy dogs spread cheer and bring smiles to the faces of patients, their families and team members at our hospital campuses and to residents of our Senior Care Centers.

To be part of the pet therapy program, dogs must be certified through Therapy Dogs International. Their handlers must meet the Volunteer Program Requirements and provide a copy of their current Therapy Dogs International certification and current vaccination record for their dog.

Don’t have a certified therapy dog but think your pooch has what it takes to bring smiles to our patients, team members and visitors? Learn more about becoming a certified therapy dog through Therapy Dogs International by visiting or contact the Volunteer Services office.

Mended Hearts Volunteer Program

Mended Hearts is the largest peer support and education program for patients who have cardiovascular disease, their caregivers and their families.

Mended Hearts volunteers are required to meet the Volunteer Program Requirements as well as the volunteer requirements set forth by Mended Hearts.

For more information about Mended Hearts, visit or contact the Volunteer Services office.

Teen Volunteer Program

Volunteering is a great way for students to explore health care careers as well as earn the volunteer hours required for many college and scholarship applications. High school and college students ages 16 to 18 who have an interest in health care may earn 20 or more volunteer service hours by participating in our teen volunteer program each summer.

Teen volunteers are required to meet the Volunteer Program Requirements with the exception that one personal reference from a teacher or guidance counselor is required instead of two personal references. Teen applications are accepted each spring for our summer teen volunteer program session. Teens who successfully volunteer during a summer session may volunteer throughout the school year as well should they choose to do so.