Sparrow Hospital - We have new opportunities that develop all the time. Here's a quick list of what is available and when you attend an interview, be sure to ask what is new.

Work with patients:

  • Emergency Department Customer Service Volunteer - The Emergency Department Customer Service Volunteer will support patients and family members in the waiting room to ensure their comfort and minimize the impact of wait times.
  • Escorts: Provide a wheelchair ride for patients to their transportation when they are discharged.
  • Gift Shop Cart: Visit patient rooms to sell merchandise. This is part of being a Gift Shop volunteer.
  • Helping Hands: Helping Hands volunteers serve in several areas to provide support to nursing, patients, and infants.
  • Infant Massage: Infant Massage volunteers provide gentle massage therapy to infants in the RNICU.
  • Mary Free Bed – Therapy: Our Mary Free Bed Rehab Unit is a licensed 40 bed unit that provides intensive rehab services to individuals who are being functionally challenged by injury or disease process. Our medical guests receive 3 hours of therapy 5 of 7 days a week. Volunteers assist patients and families with comfort measures and provide assistance with therapy.
  • Outpatient Surgery: Provide help to patients, families and associates within the Outpatient Surgery Department.
  • TLC Oncology: Provide a welcoming atmosphere in the Regional Cancer Center and escort patients to dressing rooms if needed. Volunteers also assist associates with tasks as requested.
  • Volunteer Patient Concierge: Work directly with a patient and their family to ensure their non-medical needs are met.

Work behind the scenes and provide services to hospital staff:

  • Central scheduling: Make reminder calls to patients.
  • Lab Stocking: The Volunteer will put items away, follow a standard list to fill Phlebotomists' carts, and as needed deliver items to various units.
  • Office Support: Provide clerical help to a number of departments.
  • Patient and Family Advisor: Provide input to Sparrow's policies, procedures and practices.

Work with families, visitors and the public:

  • Escorts: Provide a wheelchair ride for patients to their transportation.
  • Gift Shop: Maintain and operate the gift shop.
  • Heart Center Waiting Room: Assist families in the lounge by providing refreshments, pagers and updates from medical staff.
  • Lobby Greeter: Volunteers serving as a lobby greeter warmly welcomes visitors to the Sparrow campus.
  • Neuro Navigators: Provide directions for visitors and give support and updates to families.
  • Surgical Lounge: Provide support to patients and ensure that families have the chance to meet with medical staff following surgery.
  • TLC Critical Care Lounge: Talk with family members, provide phone messages and serve as a liaison between the family and services offered at Sparrow.

Sparrow St. Lawrence Campus

Work with patients:

  • Escorts: Escort patients and visitors from lobby to departments or service areas. Transport patients to departments for diagnostic tests.
  • Mercy League (Outpatient Surgery): Provide support and assistance to families in the Surgical Lounge waiting for patients who are having surgery.

Work with families, visitors and the public:

  • Escorts: Escort patients and visitors from lobby to departments or service areas. Transport patients to departments for diagnostic tests.
  • Hello Hospital: Provide elementary age school children information about experiences at a hospital and different health care careers.
  • Information Desk: Provide information and directions to visitors. Deliver flowers, gifts and mail to patients.
  • Mary Magdalen League (Gift Shop): Maintain and operate the gift shop for the benefit of patients, visitors and staff.
  • McAuley League (Resale Shop): Maintain and operate the resale shop, providing low-cost clothing and household items to the community.
  • Popcorn: Volunteers make and sell popcorn in the cafeteria.

Work behind the scenes and provide services to hospital staff:

  • Clerical: Provide general clerical services.

Work on craft and sewing projects:

  • Angelus League: Make small stuffed toys for pediatric patients.
  • Auxiliary: Cut, baste, hem and fold flannel blankets for the nursery.
  • Division IV: Make patient tray favors, pediatric kits and nasal kits for surgeons.
  • Industrial League: Sew and mend for various departments, patients and community agencies.
  • Sparrows: Make stuffed toys for children in Emergency, EEG, Radiology and Endoscopy.

Volunteer opportunities at other locations

  • LifeTime: Volunteers work with the LifeTime staff, supporting a free membership program offered to individuals age 50 and more. There are volunteer opportunities for both the Lansing Mall Pacers Club and the Walkabout Club at the Meridian Mall.