Volunteer Services

At Gundersen Health System, volunteers become a part of our team. Volunteers provide service to patients, families and staff in a wide variety of areas. They can help make a hospitalization, an appointment or a visit a more positive experience for patients and their families.

Whether you're a high school or college student who wants to explore a health career, a business person who wants to become connected to the community or a retiree who just wants to keep active and have fun, you'll find a volunteer opportunity that meets your needs. Our volunteers range in age from 14 to 90-plus. High school and college students, stay-at-home parents, working adults and retirees can all find a volunteer opportunity to fit their needs.

One of the reasons our Volunteer Services program is so successful is because it is flexible. We understand your time is valuable which is why we offer volunteer opportunities that work into almost any schedule. Just a few hours a month can make a difference in someone's life. You are invited to make a difference...

Becoming a volunteer

The first step to becoming a Gundersen volunteer, in La Crosse or Onalaska, is a 20-30 minute pre-interview with a Volunteer Services staff member. During this time, staff will share with you information about the volunteer program, current volunteer opportunities, and discuss your interests, skills and schedule. If a match is found for a volunteer position, you will be asked to complete an application and other needed forms.

All volunteers are required to attend Gundersen's orientation. The session is designed to educate volunteers about their responsibilities, expectations and benefits.

On your first scheduled day of volunteering, Volunteer Services staff will help you find a uniform, make sure you received a photo ID, show you how to fill in your time card and walk with you to your volunteer area. A staff member or trained volunteer in the area you are placed will provide training.

Volunteer opportunities

These are just a few of the many volunteer opportunities at Gundersen in La Crosse or Onalaska.

Volunteer Services in patient care and family support include:

  • Admissions Escort Services
  • Behavioral Health Child/Adolescent Waiting Room
  • Critical Care Unit Waiting Rooms
  • Escort Services
  • Hematology/Oncology Department
  • Surgery Waiting Room
  • Renal Dialysis Department
  • Pre-op Waiting Room

Volunteer Services in staff and/or visitor support include:

  • Gift Shop
  • Health Science and Health Resource Center Libraries
  • Information areas
  • Special projects

Gundersen offers many benefits to its volunteers including:

  • Free health screening during orientation
  • Annual flu shots
  • A free meal while on duty
  • The opportunity to attend Gundersen Training and Development courses
  • The use of Gundersen's library services
  • A formal recognition dinner
  • The opportunity to explore a medical career
  • Job skill enhancement

You can learn more about volunteering by setting up a pre-interview with one of our Volunteer Services staff members.

If you are interested in volunteering abroad in other countries, visit our Global Partners website for more information.

Love + Medicine

Every day, Gundersen Health System staff deliver great medicine plus a little something extra—we call it Love + Medicine.

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