Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Volunteer Services program offers a variety of opportunities to make a difference in the lives of our patients and families during regular business hours, evenings and weekends. Last year more than 600 people volunteered with well over 40,000 hours of service. Volunteering is a gift to our patients and our health care system. Patients and their families get to experience first-hand the personal touch our volunteers provide. At St. Joe’s we pride ourselves on the great teamwork, dedication and remarkable care our volunteers share with us. Please review the sample list of volunteer opportunities. Are you ready to volunteer? To join our teams of volunteers please apply online through the adult, college or teen program.
GREETER/INFORMATION DESK VOLUNTEER
If you are great with the public and love meeting new people, St. Joe’s is the perfect place to greet our patients, staff and visitors. When entering the hospital the first thing people see are the friendly faces of our staff and volunteers. This volunteer position requires great customer service and provides directions and information, as well as connects guests with a shuttle, bus or taxi service. The volunteer will also answer phones as well as any other miscellaneous tasks. Ability to interact with the public in a friendly manner giving each visitor a remarkable experience is a must.
INPATIENT UNIT VOLUNTEER
We are in need of volunteers to aid in our Patient care Team. If you are friendly, caring and compassionate this opportunity may be for you. This position will assist the nursing staff with tasks so that they can devote more time to direct patient care. Duties could include stocking supplies, visiting and providing comfort to patients, escorting families to patient rooms, assist with discharge activities, and numerous other special projects. This position requires self-starter individuals with the ability to work with detailed information and enjoy a physically active role.
BOOK CART VOLUNTEER
Volunteers deliver donated reading materials as well as read and visit with patients at the bedside. Interaction between patient and volunteers lifts the spirit and provides respite from the stresses of hospitalization that is a wonderful gift to our patients. If you possess a great personality and have a desire to make others smile, volunteering for the book cart may be just what you are looking for. Duties include; restocking the waiting areas, keeping the cart well stocked with books and magazines, keeping the storage area cleaned and organized. Stamina is a must for pushing the cart and walking long distances throughout the hospital. Thanks to the dedication of our volunteers and the generosity of our book donors the book cart has provided 2,200 books and magazines to patients yearly.
BUNDLE OF LOVE PROGRAM
Our bundle of love volunteers put so much love into sewing, knitting or crocheting for our patients her at St. Joe’s. From baby hats and blankets to lap robes and walker bags, these are just some of the items that our talented volunteers make in their homes for the comfort of our patients.
Volunteers who have been affected by heart disease offer cardiac patients comfort, compassion and support during their hospital stay. Volunteers with firsthand experience can relate to what our patients are going through before and after surgery and put them at ease and to answer any questions. It is rewarding for both the volunteer as well as the patient. Contact the SJMHS volunteer office as well as Mended Hearts, mendedhearts.org for more information.
PAWS ON A MISSION
The love between a dog and a human is thought to date back to more than 100,000 years ago when the first domestic dog was thought to have existed. Humans and dogs have bonded like no other two living creatures. This bond is said to have the same basic needs as that of the basic elements of human nature. We as humans are compassionate and have a need to nurture, but when this need is not met, depression increases and individual’s health will be negatively impacted. This is where Paw on a Mission comes into play for those that are sick and hospitalized. Our therapy dogs help patients bring out the nurturing behaviors of love and affection as well as boost mental and physical health. Dogs have proven to be beneficial to our health by lowering blood pressure, heart rate and stress levels.
The SJMHS Pet Therapy program is a unique way that we show compassion for our patients, their families and even our hospitals staff. If you have a dog that is friendly, patient, confident, gentle and enjoys human contact this is the opportunity for you. First, your canine will need to be certified through Therapaws Inc., and then be processed as a volunteer through SJMHS volunteer services office.
Pet Therapy visits lift the spirits of our patients and help motivate them during their stay at the hospital.
Our current program consists of 19 teams with all types of dogs from Miniature Pinscher to a Bernese Mountain dog. In addition to St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, they visit the Cancer Centers in Ann Arbor and Brighton as well as Huron Woods. The duties of this position would be to visit patients and provide them with interaction with your lovable 4-legged volunteer. There isn’t a day that passes that these special volunteers don’t bring a smile to someone. How many people can you impact with your dog? This is a great opportunity to find out!