Volunteer at United Hospital

If you want to make an impact on your community or spend some time giving back to those who need help, consider volunteering at United Hospital.

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By volunteering at United Hospital, you will make a difference in people's lives. Volunteers from age 15 will have the opportunity to serve patients, guests and assist staff.

Types of volunteers

If you want to make an impact on your community or spend time giving back to those who need help, United Hospital’s Volunteer Services could use your help. United Hospital is the ideal place to provide you with volunteer experience, while giving you insight into the health care setting.

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Adult volunteers

Volunteers are at the heart of what we do at United. The adult volunteer program encompasses a wide variety of experiences.

Submit an online application

Adult volunteer opportunities

Requirement is one 3-hour shift per week in one of the available service areas.

User Group

Guest services

  • Gift shop
  • Lobby
  • Surgical guest lounge

Parent child or family

Patient services

  • Emergency Department
  • Eucharistic ministers
  • Patient experience cart
  • Pet therapy through Pet Partners
  • Clinic support

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Support services

  • Office help
  • Unit support
  • Special projects
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Junior volunteers

Our Junior Volunteer program is for teens 15-18. We offer volunteer opportunities throughout the year based on semester sessions; spring, summer, fall, winter. Volunteer one or more semesters and spend time helping patients, families, and friends at the hospital. You’ll learn about health care and reap the benefits of volunteering.

Submit an online application

Junior volunteer opportunities

Provide volunteer assistance for one (or more) 3-hour shift per week in any of the available service opportunities.

User Group

Guest services

  • Gift shop
  • Lobby
  • Patient Escort
  • Surgical Guest Lounge

Parent child or family

Patient services

  • Courage Kenny PT/OT Department
  • Emergency Department
  • Medical clinics
  • Patient Experience Cart

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Support services

  • Clerical/office help
  • Courage Kenny Joint Replacement Department
  • Special projects
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Weekly college program

We offer flexible scheduling to accommodate semester and class schedule changes. In addition, volunteering at United Hospital may help you in your degree program. 

To make the most of your volunteer experience, United Hospital requires a minimum of 60 volunteer service hours per semester (within 6 months). We do not offer short term volunteer opportunities or shadow/observation experiences.

Submit an online application

Weekly college program volunteer opportunities

Provide volunteer assistance for one (or more) 3-hour shift per week at any of the available service opportunities.

User Group

Guest services

  • Gift shop
  • Lobby
  • Patient escort
  • Surgical guest lounge

Parent child or family

Patient services

  • CKRI Inpatient Rehab Unit
  • Emergency Department
  • Endoscopy Unit
  • Medical clinics
  • Patient experience cart
  • Post-Partum Unit
  • Spiritual care
     

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Support services

  • Clerical/office help
  • Courage Kenny Joint Replacement Department
  • Special projects
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Pet Partner volunteers

Pet Partners Teams (dogs only) at United Hospital provide animal-assisted activities to patients and guests. Brighten someone's day with a visit from your certified Pet Partner team!

Submit an online application


volunteering at united hospital in st paul minnesotaHow to become a volunteer

  • Submit an online application
  • Please check your spam/junk folders once you submit the application for the automated email with orientation instructions.
  • You will receive a link on how to complete the required steps to volunteer after you submit an online application:
    • Complete independent online orientation session within two weeks of submitting online application.
    • Complete health clearance form and screening.
    • Background study submitted by Volunteer Services on applicants 18 and older.
  • Once you completed steps 1 and 2, a staff member from the volunteer office will contact you with information on how to schedule your onsite onboarding shift.
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Benefits of volunteering

Volunteering can help you improve your skills, meet new people, build your confidence and increase your career options. In addition, research has shown that volunteering can improve your physical and mental well-being.

While volunteering at United Hospital you’ll be making a difference in people’s lives, meeting a variety of people and will receive:

  • flexible scheduling
  • complimentary parking, a one-way bus pass or one-way Metro Mobility pass
  • $7 meal credit per day
  • annual flu vaccine

Current volunteers

Online access to VicNet allows you to:

  • View your schedule
  • Sign up for additional shifts
  • Remove scheduled shifts
  • View messages, news and updates
  • Update personal information
  • Check your volunteer hours