Volunteer at Lakeview Hospital

Maybe you'll brighten a patient's day with an in-room visit. Maybe you'll help visitors find their way. Maybe you'll help to care for the hospital's Healing Garden or play a musical instrument in the lobby.

There are many ways you can volunteer at Lakeview Hospital. If you’re compassionate, active and want to help improve the health and well-being of those around you, we'd love to talk to you about opportunities for you to get involved.

We’ll help you use your skills, meet new people and make a difference. To volunteer at Lakeview Hospital, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Meet with the volunteer coordinator for an interview
  • Have a criminal background check
  • Be able to commit to regular volunteering
  • Complete a health screening

After you apply, a volunteer coordinator will contact you to discuss next steps. Once you start volunteering, we’ll give you all the training and support you need, and we’ll be by your side to help you thrive in your new role.

Volunteer benefits

Volunteers are a vital part of the Lakeview Hospital team. We couldn’t do what we do without you. Some of the benefits of volunteering with us include:

  • Flexible scheduling
  • Complete training
  • A free meal (when your shift is three hours or longer)
  • Pharmacy discount
  • Access to our fitness room
  • Easy, free parking
  • Fun recognition activities
  • Supportive staff
  • A positive, upbeat work environment

Volunteer roles

You can volunteer your talents in many different ways at Lakeview Hospital. We provide complete preparation for every role, so even if you don’t have any experience, it’s easy to get started.

Available roles may change depending on current needs. Typical opportunities include:

  • Visit patients
  • Wayfinder (help escort patients and visitors to their destinations)
  • Bistro (serve coffee and snacks, ring up purchases)
  • Pet Therapy (note: dogs must be certified by Pet Partners)
  • Musicians (play piano or another instrument in the hospital lobby)
  • Variety of roles in patient care areas
  • Gardening (help maintain flower gardens next to the building)
  • Special projects (help with annual blood drives and other occasional needs)

Hospice volunteers

Lakeview Hospital hospice provides care and support to individuals during their final stages of a terminal illness. Our primary goal is to help these patients, and their families and friends, live every day as fully and comfortably as possible.

Our volunteers are some of the most important people on the hospice team. Helping people handle the physical, emotional and spiritual stress of terminal illness can be a rewarding experience. Do you have compassion, emotional maturity, a positive outlook on life, and the desire to help others? Consider becoming a hospice volunteer.

Apply to become a hospice volunteer

For questions or help applying, please contact Lisa Cressy at Lisa.R.Cressy@Lakeview.org or 763-354-8356.

High school and college students

Most students volunteer at Lakeview Hospital during two sessions: a fall and winter session from October through April, or a summer session from June through August. Students who have more flexible availability may start at other times.

Important Dates for Summer Session:

  • May 10 – Applications due
  • May 13-17 – Interviews
  • May 20-30 – Health screening and (if over 18) background checks.
  • June 4 or June 11, 9:30-noon – Orientation (must be able to attend one of these dates)
  • August 23 – Summer Session ends

Patient and Family Advisory Council

If you’d like to share constructive feedback about your or a family member’s stay at Lakeview Hospital, we invite you to volunteer on the Patient and Family Advisory Council.

In collaboration with Lakeview Hospital leaders and staff, the Patient and Family Advisory Council provides patient and family perspectives to optimize the care, experience and well-being of our patients and families.

Council members are committed to improving Lakeview Hospital care for everyone. They enjoy working with people from different backgrounds, can share their perspectives respectfully and have a positive attitude about creating change.

To learn more, fill out our Patient and Family Advisory Council application. We appreciate your interest in helping make Lakeview Hospital a patient-centered hospital of choice.