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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.

Beverage Cart - Hands out free lemonade and coffee in the main lobby.

Chemo Buddy – Volunteer duties vary. Contact Chemo Buddies for more information at 812-598-7910.

Clerical Duties - Assist various departments with miscellaneous clerical duties such as data entry, filing, organization, stuffing envelopes, making information packets, etc.

Emergency Department - Duties assigned by department supervisor but may include rounding on patents to provide comfort items upon request, serve as liaison between patients, families and staff, accompanies staff if patient is transferred another unit, transports patients for discharge, prepare exam rooms for new patients, stock supply drawers, etc.

Gift Shop - Waits on customers and rings up sales on cash register. Delivers flowers and gifts to nursing units.

Greeter - Welcomes patients and visitors who enter the hospital, provides directions, helps escort, and assist individuals needing wheelchair transportation. 

Information Desk - Looks up patient room numbers and gives directions to patients and visitors.

Library - Assists Medical Librarian with scanning, data entry, filing, etc.

Pediatrics - Volunteer duties vary depending on need.

Pet Therapy - Must be certified.

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

Sterile Supply - Delivers supplies to nursing units. Sorts and wraps supplies.

Surgery Waiting - Assists staff as needed.

Becoming a Volunteer

The first step in becoming a volunteer is to complete an application. Individuals 18 years and older may complete the electronic application form or download, complete and return the printable form. After submitting an application, prospective volunteers may contact Volunteer Services at 812-450-2235 to schedule an interview.

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