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Volunteer Services at Unity Hospital

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Unity's volunteers donated more than 44,000 hours of service in 2009

Since the beginning of Unity Hospital, volunteers coming from all walks of life have been united by their commitment to giving back to their community. Today, Unity’s volunteers provide support to more than 20 different areas around the hospital.

These positions provide opportunities in varying levels of patient contact and physical activity. Volunteering is an excellent chance to gain experience, discover new talents, abilities and make lasting friendships.

Volunteering options

It is the diversity of our volunteers that makes our program so special. Unity Hospital has two categories of volunteers.

  • Teens: young men and women ages 15 to 18 years old.
  • Adults: men and women 18 years of age and older.

Unity Hospital Auxiliary History

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Current volunteers

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The thriving Auxiliary Program at Unity Hospital continues a proud legacy of volunteer service that predates the opening of the hospital itself. The original Auxiliary consisted of more than 150 active volunteers in preparation of the May 1966 opening of the hospital. Today, our Auxiliary includes more than 460 volunteers, who provide exceptional service to our hospital, patients, their families and our community.

Organized as a service auxiliary, the Unity Hospital Auxiliary members generously give back to the hospital and the community each year through funds raised by the hospital gift shop other fundraising activities. In 2010, the Auxiliary provided nearly $75,000 in grants for equipment and supplies utilized throughout the hospital. In addition, the Auxiliary donated over $18,000 in scholarship programs at both Unity Hospital and Anoka Ramsey Community College.

All active volunteers are members of the Unity Hospital Auxiliary. Auxiliary members will receive recognition for volunteer hours, a bi-monthly newsletter, invitation to appreciation events and annual education day training.

How often can I volunteer?

Volunteers are asked to commit to one 4-hour shift every two weeks. We will work with you on an individual basis to find a time that not only meets the needs of the hospital but also is convenient for you. Shift hours are usually:

  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

How do I begin volunteering at Unity?

Attending a volunteer orientation session is the first step in the process. Prospective volunteers must attend one of the monthly orientation sessions which are 2 1/2 hours long. At the orientation, we will:

  • provide written materials for future reference
  • discuss what volunteers do at Unity
  • cover basic policies for volunteering
  • provide health care information and forms
  • offer you an opportunity to ask questions

Unity Hospital Volunteer Service Areas

Gift Shop

ICU Family Lounge

Surgical Services

Virginia Piper Cancer Institute - Unity Hospital

Emergency Department

Joint Replacement Center

Information Desk


Patient Care Floors


For more information, contact the Unity Hospital Volunteer Office at 763-236-3011

Current volunteer log in

Online access to VicNet allows you to:

  • View your schedule
  • Sign up for additional shifts
  • Check messages, news and updates
  • Check your volunteer hours