Volunteer at Edward Hospital

At Edward Hospital, volunteers are an important part of our healthcare team.

Volunteers make a difference

We have over 700 volunteers in 80 departments who contribute thousands of service hours each year. They may be the first people you meet when you enter the hospital, or the dedicated patient advocates who help you navigate your treatment plan. Whatever the role, each volunteer provides a valuable service that helps us maintain the quality of care you expect from Edward.

Why volunteer

Volunteering at Edward offers an opportunity to meet new people and experience the joy of helping others. We provide orientation and on-the-job training to help you fit right in, and we offer flexible hours to meet your schedule.

Get started

If you're interested in becoming an Edward volunteer, complete and submit an online application or call the Volunteer Office.

  • Adult application - now accepting
  • Student application - We are not accepting student volunteer applications at this time. We will be accepting applications again in the winter.

The Director of Volunteer Services will schedule an interview with you to match your talents and availability with our needs. At the interview, you’ll learn more about what’s required to get started.

Learn more about volunteering:

Adult volunteer requirements

Volunteer requirements

  • A minimum six-month commitment for all volunteer positions
  • Two-step tuberculosis screening
  • Background check
  • Attendance at an orientation session

Adult volunteer opportunities at Edward

Our adult volunteers provide assistance in these areas:

  • Cancer Center
  • Endoscopy
  • Emergency Department
  • Flower shop
  • Gift shop
  • Hearts Alive
  • Information desks
  • Medical staff office
  • Ortho/Spine Center
  • Same day surgery
  • Surgical waiting room
  • Transport

Student volunteer requirements

Teens are an important part of our Volunteer Program at Edward. We often have over 200 teens helping in various roles throughout the hospital. Teens are not placed in patient care areas.

Volunteer requirements

  • At least 14 years of age and in high school or college
  • Parent or guardian's permission to participate in our volunteer program
  • A letter of recommendation - this letter is usually from a teacher or counselor at school; there is no required format. This letter will be submitted directly to the Volunteer Supervisor during the application period.
  • A minimum six-month commitment for all volunteer positions
  • Ability to work one 2- or 3-hour shift per week. Shifts are scheduled on weekdays from 4-6 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. and also on weekends
  • Two-step tuberculosis screening
  • Purchase a uniform jacket, which is to be worn during your shift ($23.00)
  • Attendance at an orientation session

Student volunteer opportunities

  • Staffing the information desks, gift shop and flower shop
  • Performing clerical work in various departments