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Volunteer opportunities at River Falls Area Hospital
Volunteer opportunities at River Falls Area Hospital
Friendly faces, helpful hands
Volunteer Catelyn Steinmueller (left) enjoys helping people feel less stressed in a stressful situation. Read about how volunteers enjoy working with others.
If interested in volunteering, contact our human resources department at 715-307-6010 or complete the online application.
Ready to make a difference?
Experience the rewards of being involved in your community. At River Falls Area Hospital we need people just like you, willing to volunteer your time. We have a variety of opportunities from working in the gift shop to simply helping someone in need.
Volunteering is an excellent way to gain experience, learn new skills, meet friends and discover hidden talents. Many volunteers find giving of their time to be one of the most fullfilling activities they do.
Simply put, volunteering feels good. By taking an active role, you will get the chance to connect with others, share compassion and be an important part of your community. You will learn about others, while learning about yourself.
How can I help?
A variety of different volunteer positions are available. Some possible opportunities include:
Volunteers in Partnership with River Falls Area Hospital
Since its inception in 1962, hospital auxiliary volunteers have been united by their commitment to giving back to the River Falls community through service to the hospital.
The River Falls Area Hospital auxiliary group, now called "Volunteers in Partnership with River Falls Area Hospital (VIPs)," raises funds by running the hospital's gift kiosk, the "Butterfly Boutique, and through other fundraising activities, including salad luncheons, book sales, pie sales and card parties.
2013 Fundraising Activities:
Members of the group also take on service projects for the hospital, like knitting caps for newborn babies, sewing walker bags for rehabilitation patients, decorating the hospital for the holidays, delivering the weekly newspaper to hospital patients, and decorating for the hospital foundation's annual Harvest Moon Barn Dance fundraiser.
In addition to its financial support of the hospital, the VIPs are proud to award scholarships to local high school students planning to pursue a career in health care.
When you join the VIPs, you join a dynamic group of individuals from all walks of life. Our membership includes retirees, homemakers, business professionals and others – people like you – who want to share their time and talent for the benefit of our hospital, its patients, and the broader community.
Membership dues are $10 per year for active members and $25 per year for supporting members. Active members commit to working at and/or donating food for the salad luncheons and other fundraising activities. Supporting members are those who are unable to participate but would like to identify with and show support for the group. View the most current membership newsletter.
If you would like to know more about the VIPs, or to attend a meeting as our guest, please contact our president, Faye Matteson, at 715- 426-5521 or email@example.com.
2013 Membership Meetings
Membership meetings are held at the hospital six times each year from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Lunch is available after each meeting for an additional charge of $6.
Friendly faces, helpful hands: Volunteers make a difference
Volunteer Catelyn Steinmueller (left) enjoys helping people feel less stressed in a stressful situation.
Jessica Delwiche's mother ingrained in her that it's better to give than receive. "That's a deep-rooted lesson," said Delwiche, 61. "Throughout life, I've always found myself giving of my time and myself to other people. And it's always made me feel good."
A 20-year veteran of nursing, Delwiche was among the first to join River Falls Area Hospital's new volunteer program, launched last December. Volunteers greet patients and visitors in the hospital lobby and, when needed, guide them to their destinations — whether it's to deliver their baby, get an X-ray, receive chemotherapy, take a class or visit an ill loved one.
Ready for anything
"People come to the hospital for a variety of reasons. We never know as they walk through the door what their story is," said Erin Jennings, volunteer coordinator. "Whatever the circumstances, our volunteers offer a friendly face and a helpful hand. They support our paid staff to provide the best care we possibly can." During slower times, greeters help with tasks like making reminder calls or preparing welcome packets.
Volunteer Catelyn Steinmueller, 20, enjoys assisting everyone. But she especially enjoys taking excited visitors to the Birth Center. "I really like trying to help people feel less stressed in a stressful situation," said Steinmueller, a premed student at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. She's also glad to gain experience in a smaller, community-based hospital, the type of setting in which she hopes to work one day as a doctor.
Connecting to community
Like many volunteers, Delwiche and Steinmueller juggle busy schedules. Delwiche works part time, has two married sons and six grandchildren, sews, quilts, kayaks, bicycles and loves to travel. As president of her sorority, Steinmueller stays active inside as well as outside the classroom. Both women make time to volunteer at the hospital because they enjoy living in River Falls and want to be immersed in the community. "River Falls is my home, and I believe we need to foster those communities within our reach," said Delwiche.
That sentiment makes perfect sense to Jennings. "Though we offer a huge variety of services, we're a small facility with a great sense of community, and our volunteers particularly appreciate that," she said.
Source: Healthy Communities Magazine, Fall 2013
Reviewed by: Jessica Delwiche and Catelyn Steinmueller, volunteers at River Falls Area Hospital
First Published: 08/07/2013
Last Reviewed: 08/07/2013