Hospital Volunteer Work - St. Joseph - Ascension Wisconsin

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Volunteering at St. Joseph

Volunteers bring a special, personal touch to patient care at Wheaton Franciscan - St. Joseph Campus. They help bring our Mission to life by helping us provide exceptional and compassionate health care that promotes the dignity and well-being of the people we serve. The way we live our Mission sets us apart. If this touches your heart, we encourage you to share your time and talents with us in service to others.

Become a Volunteer

All volunteers must complete an application form, criminal background check, receive TB testing, and attend Hospital/Volunteer orientation.

For more information about becoming a volunteer, please call Volunteer Services at 414-447-2810.

Departments Utilizing Volunteers

Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP)

“HELP” volunteers work with the nursing staff to ensure that older patients remain as independent as possible throughout hospitalization.  Volunteers will provide daily visiting, orientation as needed, therapeutic activities, early mobilization, active range of motion exercise, vision and/or hearing enhancement strategies, feeding assistance, offering fluids to those dehydrated, and sleep enhancement  protocols. Learn more about HELP.

Gift Shop

Sell boutique items to patients, visitors and staff.

Eucharistic Minister

Volunteers distribute communion to Catholic patients daily at their bedside. They receive special training and work under the guidance of the hospital’s chaplain. Must be Catholic.

General Errands

  • Delivering patient mail and flowers
  • Transporting patients in wheelchairs
  • Escorting patients
  • Assist with special projects   

Nursing Unit Support

Provide general assistance in an assigned patient care department

Pet Therapy

Provide trained dogs to interact with patients for therapeutic benefits.  Dogs and handlers must be registered as a therapy dog by a certified pet handler training organization.

Benefits of Volunteering

We know your time and skills are valuable. As a volunteer at St. Joseph Campus, we recognize your service with:

  • Holiday meal
  • Discounts at our on-site retail pharmacy
  • Mandatory, free flu shots
  • Volunteer recognition awards luncheon
  • Use of the fitness center for a minimal charge