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  • 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,¬†our 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. We have 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

    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 

    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
  • Contact us

    Call 763-236-3011

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    Four Unity volunteers, three women, one man, stand in a group.

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