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Becoming a Volunteer

"Thank you for your interest in volunteering!  In order to prioritize patient health and minimize the number of people in our buildings, we have temporarily put a hold on accepting new volunteer applications.   We look forward to connecting in the future!  Please check back for information about other ways that you can support patients and families in our hospitals."

Make a Difference Today

We invite you to help make a difference in the lives of our patients and families by becoming a volunteer at University of Minnesota Medical Center and University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and out of high school. If you have any questions about volunteering, call Volunteer Services at 612-273-6565.

Are you a Good Fit?

We are seeking volunteers who fit the following criteria:

  • You are reliable, since our patients, families and staff count on you to be here when you are scheduled.
  • Many of our roles function fairly independently.  Volunteers who are the  most successful are the ones who take initiative and are proactive.
  • You have a professional and positive attitude.
  • The patients and families we serve are likely feeling stressed and overwhelmed.  The empathy and compassion you provide make a difference in their experience.
  • Each task or interaction, no matter how big or small, can positively impact someone’s experience.  Volunteers with a service-oriented mindset can help make a positive impact.

Getting Started

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer at M Health.  Here’s how to get involved.

  1. Read the instructions and complete the online application form.  Once your completed application is received, you’ll be sent a link to sign up for a group interview and information session.
  2. Attend the group interview and information session with a volunteer coordinator.
  3. At this meeting, you’ll be given information about next steps to become a volunteer:

a)    Complete an onsite pre-placement health assessment.

b)    Pass a criminal background check, including fingerprinting, as currently mandated by the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services. This may include traveling to an off-site location for fingerprinting.

c)    Complete new volunteer online orientation and training.

We are no longer accepting volunteer applications for spring 2020. Please check back in April.
*Please note: We are accepting applications for Integrative Therapies and Pet Therapy. Call Volunteer Services at 612-273-6565 if you are certified in either of these areas.

time commitment

Volunteers commit to a consistent weekly 3 or 4-hour shift for a 100-hour minimum commitment. Summer-only volunteers commit to 75 hours during June, July and August.