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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 enjoys helping people feel less stressed.

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.

Online applications

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.

Why volunteer?

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 fulfilling 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:

  • Greeter / Escort
  • Clerical / administrative
  • Fundraising

Volunteers in Partnership with River Falls Area Hospital

At its annual meeting in January, the Volunteers in Partnership with River Falls Area Hospital installed officers for 2011.  Pictured (L to R) are Joyce Breen, Outgoing Co-President; Arline Taylor, President; Judy Pierson, Secretary; Glenda Zielski, Treasurer; Betty Pierce, Outgoing Treasurer.  Not Pictured: Faye Matteson, President-Elect

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.

Activities

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 and pie sales.

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, and decorating for the hospital foundation's annual Fall Fling 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.

2014 Fundraising activities:

  • Friday, April 4: Book Sale at River Falls Area Hospital
  • Friday, April 18: Pie Sale at First National Bank
  • Tuesday, May 13: Salad Luncheon at St. Bridget Catholic Church
  • Tuesday, October14: Salad Luncheon at St. Bridget Catholic Church
  • Wednesday, October 29: Book Sale at River Falls Area Hospital
  • Thursday, December 4 through Saturday, December 6: Holiday Boutique at River Falls Area Hospital

Membership

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.

If you would like to know more about the VIPs, or to attend a meeting as our guest, please contact our president, Glenda Zielski, at 715-307-2782 or gzielski@sbcglobal.net.

2014 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. Note that in place of the regular meeting, the July meeting will be a picnic get-together at Glen Park from noon to 3 p.m.

  • Tuesday, January 14
    Annual Meeting & Installation of Officers
  • Tuesday, March 11
    Guest speakers: Kali Higgins, "Introduction to Senior Yoga"
  • Tuesday, May 6
    Guest speakers: Brenda Magadanz, Christian Community Home of Hudson, "What is Dementia?"
    Note: Appreciation brunch from 9 to 10 a.m.; no lunch available.
  • Tuesday, July 8
    Guest speaker: David Miller, President, RFAH
    Picnic get-together at Glen Park, noon to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 9
    Guest speaker: Dee Ann Dreistad, "Experiences as a Red Cross worker after 9/11"
  • Tuesday, November 11
    Guest speaker: Samantha Rudesill, "If the Shoe Fits …"

Friendly faces, helpful hands: Volunteers make a difference

Volunteer Catelyn Steinmueller enjoys helping people feel less stressed.

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

Employee volunteers reap double rewards

RFAH employees volunteering at 4-H, pose with horses

RFAH employees Jean VanderMarliere and John Meagher volunteer at community 4-H clubs through the Allina Health Dollars for Doers program.

Is your nonprofit organization looking for volunteers or a charitable contribution?
Contact Heather Logelin, foundation and community engagement director at

715-307-6001.

River Falls Area Hospital employees are passionate about helping people while on the job — and many enjoy giving back during their free time as well.

Allina Health supports these employees with its Dollars for Doers program. For every 20 hours of volunteer time an employee logs, Allina Health donates $100 to the nonprofit of his or her choice.

Heather Logelin, the hospital's foundation and community engagement director, said Dollars for Doers is in keeping with the Allina Health history of working with community partners to improve the health of people in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

"Supporting employee volunteers is a continuation of that," she said.

Two RFAH employees volunteer with the 4-H clubs in their hometowns. John Meagher, who works in facility services at River Falls Area Hospital, is an instructor for Hudson Trail Blazers 4-H in St. Croix County.

"I do whatever the club needs me to," said Meagher, a Hudson resident. From his work at the hospital, he sees “how many people out there need help," he said. He believes 4-H is a terrific program that helps young people develop leadership skills.

Jean VanderMarliere, a physical therapy assistant at River Falls Area Hospital, lives in Ellsworth and is an instructor for the summer riding program at Pierce County 4-H.

"It makes me feel good donating time to these kids," VanderMarliere said. "I love watching them grow and experience different things."

Although both employees said they would volunteer even if they didn't have the Dollars for Doers incentive, the program is a nice bonus.


Source: Healthy Communities Magazine, Fall 2012 edition
Reviewed by: Heather Logelin, River Falls Area Hospital foundation and community engagement director
First Published: 10/01/2012
Last Reviewed: 10/01/2012