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, as well as students age 15 to 17 (junior volunteers), are welcomed. Volunteers serve at both the Deaconess Midtown Campus and the Deaconess Gateway Campus.
Most volunteer opportunities are between 2-4 hours in length, one day per week. Students are required to make a commitment to volunteer for one full semester or an entire summer in order to be accepted into the program. 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.
- Waits on customers and rings up sales on cash register. Delivers flowers and gifts to patients.
Monday - Friday 9AM - 1PM
Monday - Thursday 5PM - 7PM
Saturday 10AM - 2PM
Sunday 12:30PM - 4:30PM
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 Visitor - Visits newly admitted patients throughout the hospital, delivers the hospital welcome brochure, and checks phones for the STAR stickers.
Monday - Friday, 9AM - 11AM
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
- Transports patients and visitors to and from hospital entrances.
Monday - Friday, morning and afternoon shifts
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.
Mondays 12PM - 4PM and Tuesdays 9AM - 11AM
Sterile Supply - Delivers supplies to nursing units. Sorts and wraps supplies.
Monday - Friday 8:30AM - 11:30AM and 12:30PM - 3:30PM
- 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. Those age 15-17 years old must complete a Junior Volunteer Application and individuals 18 years and older should complete an Adult Application.
Adults applicants should contact the volunteer manager once the application has been completed at 812-450-2235 to schedule an interview.
Junior volunteer applicants and their parent/guardian should complete the application and submit it to the student’s school counselor for final completion and submission to the Volunteer Office. The students will be contacted for an interview by a panel of adult volunteers.