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Volunteer

Volunteers are key members of the HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital family. They help carry out the hospital’s healing mission while demonstrating the hospital’s values of Respect, Care, Competence, and Joy.

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If you would like to have a uniquely rewarding experience, consider volunteering at HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital. You will make a real difference in people’s lives and in our community.

Find out more about becoming a volunteer here. You are also welcome to stop by our office, located on the first floor behind the hospital Gift Shop, or call us at 715-717-7439.

Become a Volunteer

Scholarship and Application
The Partners of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital awards six $1,000 scholarships to area residents who are pursuing a degree in a health-related field and who can demonstrate their need for assistance. Each April, the Partners' Scholarship Committee selects scholarship winners from submitted entries. A personal interview may also be conducted.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be awarded a scholarship:
  • Must be a high school graduate or have earned a GED.
  • Must be accepted and enrolled in the human health care field at an accredited post-secondary school.
  • Permanent address of applicant must be within Chippewa County or applicant must be an employee, or child or spouse of an employee of HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital.
  • Each applicant must complete an application form.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required. One must be a teacher or an employer; the other may be from categories such as another teacher, clergy, neighbor, law enforcement, volunteer organizations member, etc. (No family members.)
  • References should be asked to comment on the applicant's potential for success in the health field they plan to enter, and their character, commitment, and attitude toward health care.
  • Applicants must include a grade transcript from the last school year they completed.
  • Previous recipients may not apply again.
For more information, download the scholarship letter, send Volunteer Services an email or call 715-717-7439. If you want to help raise funds, please contact the Partners. An investment in each of us can help all of us.
Get Started
  1. Review the Volunteer Handbook. This explains volunteer responsibilities and hospital policies and procedures.
  2. Complete the Volunteer Application and Health Form (PDFs)
  3. Schedule a personal interview with the Director of Volunteer Services by contacting the Volunteer Services Department at 715-717-7352. Please bring your completed Volunteer Application and Health Form with you to your interview.
About Our Volunteers
At HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital, volunteers are vital members of our healthcare team. They are people of all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles, with one thing in common: a spirit of dedication and generosity to help others. The more than 300 people who actively volunteer here do so much throughout the hospital:
  • They help maintain high-quality patient care with excellent customer service, friendly hospitality and positive interactions that truly make our patients’ stays memorable.
  • Our volunteers enjoy a sense of being needed, and at the same time receive personal satisfaction from giving their time and talents.
  • Volunteers breathe life into our hospital's mission—with service that ensures the Hospital Sisters’ mission will continue for generations to come. 
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How long does the process take to become a volunteer?
A. On average, it takes two to three weeks to be completely processed and ready to volunteer.
 
Q. Is there a dress code? 
A. Yes. Volunteers are not allowed to wear blue jeans, sweatpants, shorts, capris, t-shirts, sweatshirts, or open toe shoes. You must wear stockings or socks at all times. No facial or tongue piercings.  Visible tattoos must be covered at all times.  Heavily scented lotions, perfume, cologne, aftershave, or the scent of smoking tobacco must be avoided in all departments of the hospital. All volunteers are expected to present themselves in a neat and professional manner at all times while at the hospital.
 
Q. Can I volunteer just for a time period?
A. Yes. Adults, we work with your schedule. Students, please refer to the Volunteer Requirements in the “Become a Volunteer” section, listed above.
 
Q. Will I be able to shadow a doctor and or have a clinical experience?
A. No. We do not offer shadowing or clinical experiences through the Volunteer Office.
 
Q. If I volunteer, will I get a job at the hospital?
A. Volunteering at the hospital does not guarantee employment. For general employment questions and forms, contact the People Services Department at 715-717-4246.

You are also welcome to stop by our office, located on the first floor behind the hospital Gift Shop, or call us 715-717-4255.
Why Volunteer?
An outstanding group of individuals serve patients and visitors daily in many ways. 
You can too, because:
  • your willingness to give will provide another touch of care and compassion to the patients and family members our hospital serves
  • you’ll experience an extraordinary journey of self-fulfillment
  • our professional staff and hospital personnel will come to rely on your dedication, your enthusiasm and your loyalty
  • volunteerism is a critical part of Sacred Heart Hospital’s healing mission
Volunteer Opportunities 
You can apply your skills and interests in areas such as:
  • Clerical Services
  • Deliveries/Transport
  • Family Waiting Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Greeters
  • Handcrafters
  • Information Desk
  • Patient Room Checkers
  • Pet Therapy
  • Regional Center for Cancer Treatment & Prevention
Volunteer Requirements
Adults
We strive to work with your busy schedules to find the right volunteer job and hours, whether you volunteer occasionally or once a week. Snowbirds are welcome.

Students
Student volunteers must be 14 years of age or older, and be able to commit to a minimum of 45-60 hours during the school year (4-6 months) or 25-40 hours during the summer months.

Training 
As a volunteer, you’ll receive training from another volunteer or a hospital staff member to help you become familiar with your individual responsibilities. Initial and ongoing education is provided continuously to maintain current and updated changes to the hospital environment of care.
Volunteer Partners
The Volunteer Partners of HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital, in conjunction with the Volunteer Services Department, provide support for HSHS St. Joseph's community health and social functions, help to purchase vital equipment, assist in fundraising events and operate the hospital’s Gift Shop.

Benefits of being a Volunteer Partner include:
  • Eligibility to serve on the Council and hold leadership positions
  • Become a chair of one of the many events or projects
  • Invitations to hospital events
  • Staying in the know with a Volunteer Partners newsletter
  • Attend the Partners of WHA District meetings and annual State conventions

Activities include: 
  • Love Lights Event
  • Volunteer Recognition Luncheon
  • Spring and Fall Luncheon
  • Friendship Day
  • Tuition Assistance Grant selection
  • Holiday Patient Gifts
  • New Year’s Baby Gift
  • Community Outreach projects; Backpack Drive, Thanksgiving Meal Kits, Coat and Blanket Drive