Whether you're satisfied or searching, volunteering makes life more meaningful. Helping others for just a few hours a week can improve your outlook, self respect and spiritual well-being.
And there is a social benefit as well. SwedishAmerican volunteers enjoy the privilege of working with some of the nicest people in the community. Our employees and volunteers make friendliness and compassion high priorities. Many new friendships and supportive relationships come from serving side by side with others.
Volunteer Services at SwedishAmerican department offers a variety of programs for those looking to contribute in a meaningful way. There are several opportunities available to the qualified person. Some of these include:
Information Desk - Assisting incoming visitors with patient information, directions and other help as needed.
Way-finding - Some of our visitors need a little extra help getting from one location to another. Way-finders walk with our guests and assist our hospital escorts in getting people where they need to go.
Patient Dismissal - Wheeling patients from their room to the front door can take a little muscle, but it helps them with the happiest part of their hospital experience: going home!
Mail and Flowers - Providing support and encouragement to patients with the timely delivery of best wishes sent from family and friends.
Gift Shop - Assisting customers with purchases, staff with supplies, and being generally available as needed.
Mended Hearts - A nationally connected, locally affiliated group of former surgical heart patients devoted to visiting currently hospitalized heart patients and offering listening and knowledgeable support. For more information please call (815) 490-5863.
Night Chaplains - Made up largely by community clergy, but also by recognized and highly trained lay leaders, night chaplain volunteers take evening and night call, providing pastoral care to patients and families faced with surgery, trauma or death. For more information please call (815) 489-4246.
Eucharistic Ministers - Recognized Catholic lay leaders bring communion to Catholic patients who request it. For more information please call (815) 489-4620.
For information on these and other opportunities, please call (815) 489-4310.