Volunteers are essential to Sparrow Ionia Hospital and inspire us every day.

They work in the gift shop, transport patients to surgery and radiology, help with mailings and special projects, participate in mock disaster drills, provide tours of the hospital, straighten up the lobbies, help with fundraisers, help at community events and much more.

Volunteers Needed

We are in need of volunteers to welcome patients and visitors at the hospital’s main entrance from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Candidates must be mature individuals, in good health and capable of honoring patient confidentiality. For more information, contact Mary Thacker at 616.523.1716 or mary.thacker@sparrow.org.

About the Sparrow Ionia Healthcare Advocates

The Sparrow Ionia Hospital Healthcare Advocates was first organized in 1955.  Formerly known as the ICMH Auxiliary, the Advocates membership is comprised of women and men dedicated to providing volunteer services, financial support, and being goodwill ambassadors for the hospital throughout the community.

The Advocates has provided untold hours of service to the hospital, from running the Cart N' Lobby Gift Shoppe to providing knit kittens and stickers for the children in ER. The efforts of the Healthcare Advocates has helped Sparrow Ionia Hospital purchase many items throughout the years, including wide wheelchairs, furniture for waiting rooms, magazines for visitors, gifts for fundraisers, medical equipment and much more. 

If you are interested in joining or would like more information on the Sparrow Ionia Hospital Health Care Advocates, contact Barb Burrows, barbaburrows@yahoo.com or Elaine Caswell, Advocate Chairmen, elainecaswell43@gmail.com or Laurie Tjalsma, Sparrow Ionia Community Relations Director, laurie.tjalsma@sparrow.org or 616.523.1491.