Now more than ever...
Volunteers make a difference!
Union Hospital has an active group of men, women and teens who generously volunteer their time, knowledge and skills. Our Volunteer Corps is a diverse group of approximately 200 adult and teenage volunteers who donated a total of 36,271 hours in 40 different areas last year.
Our volunteers assist staff with clerical and mailing tasks, patient registration, family waiting rooms, information desk and special projects. Emergency, Surgery, Critical Care, Hux Cancer Center, Clara Fairbanks Center and our off-campus facilities all benefit from the services provided by our volunteers.
Union Hospital Service League
At Union Hospital, volunteers have the opportunity to become members of the Service League. Besides providing volunteer service to the hospital, the Service League plays a key role in raising money to purchase necessary equipment and services. The Children's Classic Run, held in the fall, is one event sponsored by Service League to raise money for the hospital. In the past five years, the Service League has raised more than $400,000, which was donated to the hospital. Membership dues are $5 annually for those actively volunteering.
Learn more about the Service League. Click here to fill out an application for Chaplain/Volunteer
Students 14-18 years old who are interested in learning about healthcare opportunities are encouraged to volunteer during this summer only program. Teens can help with activities on nursing units, therapy units and several other areas of the hospital. Applications for the Teen Volunteer program are accepted in the spring before school ends. Click here to view the Teen Volunteer video.
Union Hospital and the of America Council are excited to begin an Exploring Post at Union Hospital. This Exploring Post will provide both male and female high school students (14 and finished 8th grade) an opportunity to learn about health related careers and provide some hands-on health experiences. This program will be replacing individual high school shadowing experiences at Union Hospital and the program will allow the students to learn more about specific areas of the Hospital as well as provide a better overall experience for each student.
There will be a charge of $40.00 per student which will include registration, orientation, general liability insurance, T-shirt and programming through the school year. If a student would like to participate in this Post and are not able to provide the registration free, please feel free to contact Sarah Archer at (812) 232-9496 for possible assistance.
The Exploring Post can be a one-time experience for a student interested in a specific career or a student may attend all the sessions offered. We encourage students to go to as many of the sessions as they can to get a rich experience that will help them make class and career choices in the years to come.
The Chaplain's Office utilizes lay volunteers as room visitors. These volunteers make room visits Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Union East and Tuesday and Thursday in Union West. The volunteers will contact the patient's church with the patient's permission or request Catholic communion if they so desire. If they are not affiliated with a church, the volunteer can arrange to have a volunteer chaplain visit.
We currently have 30 volunteer chaplains, but we can always use more. The chaplains are assigned one week per year to serve the patients of Union Hospital. During that week, the chaplain visits the hospital at least three times.
The volunteer chaplains (ministers) are scheduled to come in one day a month with some serving once a week in the Intensive Care Units. We currently have a "sub" list for our chaplains because all of our days are assigned at the present.
We also have ICU Waiting Room lay volunteers who serve morning, afternoon or evening shifts Monday through Friday and during the morning and afternoon on Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers act as a liaison between the families and the staff and patients in the ICU. These volunteers commit to a minimum of three-hour shifts.
For more information about the many volunteer opportunities available, please contact Volunteer Services at (812) 238-7674 and complete an application. Our office is located on the lower level of Union Hospital and is staffed between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
We invite you to join our team! Click here to fill out an application for Chaplain/Volunteer