Volunteering is fun, rewarding and an essential part of HSHS St. John's Hospital. We look forward to having you as a part of our program!

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Samaritans (volunteers) provide vital services at St. John's that add to the comfort of patients and their families. The support provided by the Samaritans is invaluable. Samaritans can volunteer as little as four hours a week. We invite you to join our team.

Join HSHS St. John’s Hospital Samaritans and give back to your community. St. John’s Hospital is looking for compassionate and caring volunteers to help spread joy at our hospital. Samaritans assist with:

  • Simple patient care tasks, such as ordering meals, changing channels or answering call lights
  • Helping transfer patients by wheelchair
  • Assisting visitors with directions
  • Returning equipment
  • Retrieving and sending supplies via dumbwaiter
  • Answering telephones
  • Kitchen stocking
  • Checking patient refrigerators
  • Making coffee

And other tasks.

To learn more call 217-814-4205 or email us at sjs-samaritans@hshs.org


Benefits of volunteering (besides helping people, of course!)

  • 20% off most items in the HSHS St. John's Gift Shop (some exclusions apply),
  • A free meal voucher while volunteering for at least four hours,
  • Free use of Prairie Heart's cardiac rehab exercise facility during open colleague hours,
  • Free annual flu shot,
  • ... and spreading meaningful joy in your community!

All volunteers go through an orientation program. 

Samaritan duties on nursing units

Student Volunteer Program

The Student Volunteer Program runs for 9 weeks starting the first full week in June. Please fill out the Volunteer Application Form and we will contact you. 

If you have any questions, please call Kris Myszka at 217-814-4209.

Contributing members

Contributing members support the Samaritans through monetary gifts and/or assistance in fund-raising activities.

Service and contributing members support the samaritans both financially and by giving of their time and energies.

Service members

Service members use their previous training and experience, as well as newly learned skills, to provide valuable service. Service members set their own hours and schedule (mornings, afternoons, evenings, during the week or on weekends).