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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.

Learn more about how you can become a volunteer with our Volunteer Intake Process.

Volunteer opportunities

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

Patient care and family support:

  • Admissions Transport Services
  • Gift Shop
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Inpatient Behavioral Health Waiting Room
  • Pre-Op Waiting Room
  • Surgery Waiting Room
  • Volunteer Transport Services

Staff and/or visitor support:

  • Advance Care Planning
  • GI Waiting Room
  • Out-Patient Surgery
  • Renal Dialysis
  • Spiritual Care
  • Surgery Waiting Room
  • Volunteer Transport Services

College student opportunities

ALERT: We are currently not accepting new college student volunteers. Please check back for updates.

The college volunteer program at Gundersen is a great way to get hands-on experience in healthcare. Because of the various needs of our departments, student schedules, and the large number of student inquiries, assignments will vary. A minimum six month commitment is required.

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Surgical Waiting Room Attendant
  • Inpatient Behavioral Health Waiting Room
  • Child Life Specialties
  • Clinic Pediatrics
  • Hospital Unit Patient and Staff Assistance
  • Therapeutic Rec Patient and Staff Assistance
  • Volunteer Transport Services

Learn more about how you can become a volunteer with our Volunteer Intake Process.

Interest forms are accepted during the following timelines:

  • Summer: May 1-31
  • Fall semester: July 1-Aug. 15
  • Spring semester: Nov. 1-Dec. 15

Volunteer benefits

Gundersen offers many benefits to its volunteers:

  • 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
  • Annual appreciation and recognition event
  • Opportunity to explore a medical career
  • Job skill enhancement

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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