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.
It is the diversity of our volunteers that makes our program so special. We have two categories of volunteers.
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.
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:
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:
ICU family lounge
Virginia Piper Cancer Institute
Joint Replacement Center
Patient care floors
For more information, contact the Unity Hospital Volunteer Office at 763-236-3011
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Unity's volunteers donated more than 44,000 hours of service in 2009