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Ascension Saint Francis

Ascension Saint Francis

  • Hospital/Medical Center
  • Cancer care
  • Cardiology
  • Orthopedics

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer at Ascension Saint Francis and make a difference in the lives of our patients, their families, and our hospital associates.

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Every year, a talented and generous group of adults and students volunteer at Ascension Saint Francis. We work together to make a difference in the lives of our patients, their friends and families, and our care teams. Volunteers are active in customer service. They provide office and clerical support, assisting the nursing floors with discharges and performing essential errands throughout the hospital and outpatient care departments.

Why volunteer at Ascension Saint Francis?

Many people volunteer because they enjoy caring for and helping others. They are interested in healthcare, or are looking for ways to give back to the community.

  • Students and those interested in a new career can gain exposure to various parts of healthcare before committing to a college major or career path
  • Older adults find volunteering is a great way to stay active and know they are making a meaningful contribution to other people's lives

Age requirements

Minimum age of 18 years at time of application.

Application process

  1. Contact the Volunteer Service office for an application; complete and return the application
  2. Attend a volunteer orientation
  3. Attend an interview session
    • Meet our health screening requirements:
    • A tuberculosis test
    • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
    • Proof of MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) immunity or vaccination
    • Proof of varicella (chickenpox) immunity or vaccination
    • A health clearance form
    • A flu shot performed at no charge, by Associate Health Services, upon starting service
  4. Submit information for a criminal background check and orientation paperwork
  5. Receive your volunteer assignment and get started
  6. Complete onsite training in assigned department upon beginning your assignment (mandatory training sessions will also be scheduled annually for all volunteers)

Typically, you will begin your specific assignment the week after you complete orientation, provided that you've successfully completed all of the requirements. Becoming a volunteer takes a minimum of three weeks from the information session to your start date.

Performance expectations

Volunteers must provide a minimum of four hours of service each week for at least a six-month period (approximately 75 hours).

Volunteer roles

Volunteers work with limited supervision of the volunteer manager or a member of the hospital's professional or nursing team. Volunteers serve in almost every area of the hospital. Placement opportunities include:

  • Patient Ambassador - be our patient advocate and assist our clinical teams
  • Greeting and assisting our guests and patients
  • Pet Therapy Assistant with our certified therapy handlers
  • Administrative support in various departments and clinics
  • Emergency Department support


  • The personal satisfaction that comes from making a difference in others' lives
  • Meeting new and interesting people
  • A great networking opportunity
  • Explore a variety of career opportunities in the healthcare field
  • Volunteer service records may be used as references for schools, employers and may be counted as a work record in a job application