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Deaconess would not be the successful organization it is today without the thousands of volunteers who have supported our endeavors. Since our founding in 1892, volunteerism has played a critical role in the growth and development of the health system. We continue to need volunteers to help us meet our mission of providing high-quality, compassionate care to the community. 

About Deaconess Auxiliary

The Deaconess Hospital Auxiliary was formally established in 1960. The Auxiliary provides fellowship and leadership to the volunteer program in addition to fundraising.  Joining the Auxiliary and volunteering is a great way to make a difference in the lives of our patients and their families and to socialize and make new friends. 
Who can volunteer at Deaconess?
Deaconess offers many volunteer opportunities for those who are willing and have the time to serve.  Adults age 18 and over are welcomed.  Volunteers serve at both the Deaconess Midtown Campus and the Deaconess Gateway Campus.  

Volunteer Opportunities
Most volunteer opportunities are between 2-4 hours in length, one day per week. Adults are asked to make a commitment to volunteer a total of 50 hours per year.

Listed below are the current volunteer opportunities at Deaconess Midtown Campus and Deaconess Gateway Campus.


Gift Shop - Waits on customers and rings up sales on cash register. Delivers flowers and gifts to nursing units.
Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM 
Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM

Greeter - Welcomes patients and visitors who enter the hospital, provides directions, helps escort, and assist individuals needing wheelchair transportation. 
Monday - Friday, 8AM - 12PM or 12PM - 4PM

Beverage Cart - Hands out free lemonade and coffee in the main lobby.
Monday - Friday, morning and afternoon
*Volunteer opportunity is currently on hold

Volunteer Visitor - Visits newly admitted patients throughout the hospital, delivers the hospital welcome brochure, and checks phones for the STAR stickers.
Monday - Friday, 9AM - 11AM
*Volunteer opportunity is currently on hold

Emergency Department - Rounds on patients and provides comfort items upon request, interacts with families and visitors, accompanies staff when patients are taken to other areas of the hospital, takes discharged patients to waiting cars, and helps prepare exam rooms for new patients.
Monday - Sunday 2PM - 5PM and 5PM - 8PM
*Volunteer opportunity is currently on hold

Escort Van - Transports patients and visitors to and from hospital entrances.
Monday - Friday, morning and afternoon shifts
*Volunteer opportunity is currently on hold

Information Desk - Looks up patient room numbers and gives directions to patients and visitors.
Monday - Friday 8AM - 12PM and 12PM - 4PM

Same Day Care Center - Runs errands, retrieves items from floor captains, stocks rooms, and prepares carts by putting on clean linens.
Monday - Friday, morning and afternoon shifts

Sterile Supply - Delivers supplies to nursing units. Sorts and wraps supplies.
Monday - Friday 8:30AM - 11:30AM and 12:30PM - 3:30PM

Hospice Care - Trained hospice volunteers play an important role, visiting with patients, providing respite for the family, assisting with errands and other activities, sharing special talents, pet therapy, music therapy, massage therapy and performing clerical duties. Hours Vary.

Becoming a Volunteer

The first step in becoming a volunteer is to complete an application. Individuals 18 years and older should complete an Adult Application then contact the Volunteer Manager at 812-450-2235 to schedule an interview.

The Junior Volunteer Program will not take place in the summer of 2023 due to health and safety concerns surrounding COVID.

If you have any questions, please contact Volunteer Services at 812-450-2235.


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