Adult volunteer opportunities

A Unity volunteer stands smiling behind the cash register in the Unity gift shop

The Volunteer Services Program is an organization of caring individuals, many of whom assist in the daily operation of Mercy Hospital.

The rewards of volunteer service are many. Volunteers enjoy a sense of satisfaction and the feeling that they are making a valuable contribution to the community.

Auxiliary membership

  • Unity Auxiliary is the service organization of the Hospital. All active volunteers are members of the Unity Auxiliary.
  • Associate Auxiliary members do not volunteer in the hospital but support our organization. They pay annual membership dues of $10.


  • Volunteers are asked to work one 4-hour shift every two weeks in a service area of their choice at a time convenient to them.
  • This is our minimum requirement; volunteers may work more often if they wish.
  • We offer three 4-hour shifts each day, seven days a week 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 1 – 5 p.m. and 5 – 9 p.m.


  • Fill out a Volunteer application form.
  • Attend an orientation meeting held at Unity Hospital to learn more about our program.
  • Fill out a Criminal Background Study Form as mandated by the Vulnerable Adult Act.
  • Complete health requirements (Mantoux test, MMR documentation).

Service areas

  • Allina Health Cancer Institute – Answer phone, basic office tasks, library assistance, visit with patients & families to provide support and information.
  • Joint Replacement Center – Assist patients who have had knee or hip replacement surgery with group physical therapy.
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation – Assistance patients and visitors in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department, assist with telephone calls.
  • Emergency Department – Assist staff and run errands.
  • Gift Shop - Handle merchandise sales for visitors and hospital staff.
  • ICU Family Lounge – Assist families while they wait or come to visit patients in the ICU/Step-down unit.
  • Messenger Service – Assist with deliveries and errands in Unity Hospital; assist with patient discharges.
  • Patient Care Floor Station Messenger – Assist staff in an inpatient nursing area doing various errands and assist with patient needs.
  • Surgical Services (SARS) – Assist staff, patients and their families during recovery from surgery.
  • On-going outreach – provide support to the hospital's on-going outreach program by assisting with sewing, knitting and crocheting various items that make an impact on the comfort of our patients.
  • and other areas+