At Aurora, we have a variety of volunteer opportunities to suit every interest and experience level. From baking cookies to making music, volunteering at a hospital or clinic gives you the chance to make a lasting impact on the lives of our patients. See below for a partial list of the many volunteer opportunities available throughout the Aurora Health Care system.
Do you believe in the power of first impressions? Then you’ll thrive as an Aurora ambassador - the first point of contact when guests arrive at our hospitals and clinics. Ambassadors welcome patients and visitors, provide directions, escort patients to their destinations, and assist people in wheelchairs.
Cancer center volunteers provide vital support and comfort to those undergoing cancer treatments. In this position, you’ll help guests get comfortable before their treatment, offer them a warm blanket, or deliver a favorite snack. You might also bake cookies and share them with patients, or sit and chat to help pass the time.
Who doesn’t love the comforting aroma of freshly baked cookies? Become a cookie baker and spread joy and delight to patients and visitors alike. Bake cookies in patient care areas, pass them out in the waiting room, or deliver them throughout the facility - and count how many smiles you inspire!
One of our most popular volunteer opportunities is working in the ED. When you become an Emergency Department Volunteer, it’s your job to provide comfort and reduce anxiety for patients and their loved ones. You’ll accomplish this by attending to guests in reception areas, checking on patients, communicating wait times, updating family members on patient progress, and passing out warm blankets. You’ll also assist the care team with other tasks like restocking medical supplies.
As a Floor Assistant, you’ll work on an inpatient floor helping people who have been admitted to the hospital. You’ll support the nursing team by passing out books and magazines, offering warm blankets, bringing fresh drinking water, stocking supplies, and helping with special projects.
Our Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) was developed to help older adult patients avoid delirium while in the hospital. HELP volunteers undergo additional specialty training to learn specific interventions that prevent delirium.
As a HELP volunteer, you’ll visit patients to keep them alert and oriented, assist with walks, play games, and help with meals. Please note that all HELP volunteers must make a minimum 6-month commitment to the program.
Do you play the piano, flute, or another soothing instrument? Share your musical talents with our patients and visitors in hospital waiting areas. Many of our facilities have pianos right in the lobby, or you can bring your own instrument from home.
Are you a good listener? Do you find it easy to empathize with others? Become a Patient Companion and provide comfort by listening and being present with patients in need.
Our four-legged furry friends are a huge part of our volunteer team! Certified pet therapy dogs spread joy, reduce anxiety, and ease fears for patients and visitors alike. All therapy dogs must have their Animal-Assisted Therapy Certification in order to participate in our volunteer programs.
Our hospice volunteers receive highly specialized training to help terminally ill patients remain comfortable and connected in their final days. Please note that our Hospice Volunteer Program is separate from our regular Volunteer Program. If you’re interested in becoming a hospice care volunteer, fill out the Aurora at Home Hospice Volunteer Application Form.