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Volunteer Opportunities in the Bemidji Region

Thank you for your interest in serving your community at Sanford Health in Bemidji. You have chosen to join over 400 other volunteers, ages 14-100, in sharing your time, your talents, and your heart with our patients, residents, staff, families, and visitors.

Volunteers are an essential part of the healthcare team at Sanford Health, sharing a common goal with the organization of providing a lifetime continuance of care for Bemidji and the surrounding area. We have four areas to serve at Sanford Health in Bemidji: Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, WoodsEdge Senior Living, Sanford Bemidji Home Care and Hospice, and Friends of Sanford Health. Please see below for more information about each area.

As volunteers, you are not here to replace paid staff members. Volunteer work is to support and strengthen the work of our wonderful staff.

Application Process

  • Application
  • Interview
  • Health Screening
  • Criminal background check
  • Two confidential references
  • Orientation and training


  • Making a difference in your community
  • Complimentary meal and snacks while volunteering
  • Educational opportunities
  • Sanford Bemidji Medical Center Gift Shop discount
  • Sanford Bemidji Rehab Services membership (after 100 hours of service)
  • Meeting new friends, networking, and socializing
  • Using current skills and learning new skills

Sanford Bemidji Medical Center

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Sanford Bagley Medical Center

Volunteer Application Form


We require that:

  • Volunteers are at least 16 years old, some positions require a minimum age of 18 years old.
  • Able to communicate clearly in English.
  • We cannot accept volunteers who are meeting court-mandated community service hours.

We require that before volunteering, a prospective volunteer must complete the following:

  • Application – filled out either online or on paper
  • Health Screening
    • Two Mantoux tests (to check for tuberculosis or exposure to tuberculosis) administered by Sanford Bemidji’s Employee Health department. The test is administered and read 48-72 hours later. Two to four weeks later, the test is administered again and read 48-72 hours later. We do the test twice to rule out a false positive or negative result.
    • Immunity to Mumps/Measles/Rubella (MMR) and Varicella
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Confidential References – two names (non-family) submitted on application
  • Orientation – must attend an orientation meeting. Contact the Volunteer Office for the date of the next Orientation – (218) 333-5654. All orientation sessions take place in the Education Center. Please use the East Entrance of the Medical Center. An East Desk volunteer will direct you to the meeting room.

Our patients and families deserve the very best. We need people who:

  • Display competency (can learn the position and remember the details)
  • Are compassionate (understand the stress of a hospitalization)
  • Defend a patient’s right to privacy (our volunteers are held to a strict code of confidentiality)
  • Are respectful (we serve all walks of life, economic status and an increasingly diverse population)

If the applicant has the interests, skills, and temperament to meet the needs of Sanford Bemidji, a placement is made pending availability. If a placement is not available immediately, the volunteer is notified at a later date when one is available.

Contact us for more information:

Sanford Bemidji Medical Center
1300 Anne Street NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

Kari Knudson, Volunteer Services Manager
(218) 333-5654
(218) 333-6054 (Fax)

Cindi Gross, Assistant Volunteer Coordinator
(218) 333-6055
(218) 333-6054 (Fax)

WoodsEdge Senior Living

If you are looking for ways to reach out and enhance someone's quality of life, a great place to start is by volunteering at WoodEdge Senior Living. We have many wonderful opportunities to make a difference in the lives of our senior population. At WoodsEdge we have Trillium, a memory care facility; Neilson Place, a skilled nursing home; and WindSong, a catered-living apartment complex for seniors.

As a volunteer, you could be that much needed friend, that ear who will listen, or the help that was needed. Check us out, it could be the most rewarding thing you’ll ever do.

Contact us for more information:

WoodsEdge Senior Living
1000 Anne Street NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

Alice Stark-Anderson, Volunteer Coordinator
(218) 333-6290
(218) 333-6514 (Fax)

Sanford Bemidji Home Care and Hospice

Sanford Bemidji Home Care and Hospice offers wonderful volunteer opportunities to individuals from a variety of personal and professional backgrounds. The Home Care and Hospice volunteer is a loving and caring person who can provide emotional support, comfort, and assistance to the hospice patient and family members. Volunteers are trained in communication and caring skills and have a basic understanding of the patient’s disease. Nursing and home care skills are not a part of the volunteer training.

  • Support for patients.This can include visiting, reading, taking walks, writing letters, bringing in music, supervising visits with pets, even massage therapy for volunteers with the necessary skills.
  • Respite and support for family members.Volunteers can assist with shopping or household maintenance, or allow family caregivers the opportunity to take care of necessary errands and get some time away from the house. Family members also appreciate a visit from a compassionate friend who understands what they are going through.
  • Bereavement support programs.Hospice volunteers can work closely with the hospice’s professional bereavement staff in duties that range from assisting as a support group facilitator to serving refreshments and helping with mailings to clients and families.
  • Fund-raising and administrative work.A volunteer with clerical skills can serve a hospice by helping in the office with simple administrative duties. Fundraising responsibilities can range from preparing mailings or thank you letters to organizing fundraising events and contacting possible donors.

Sanford Bemidji Home Care and Hospice Application

Contact us for more information:

Sanford Bemidji Home Care and Hospice
3525 Pine Ridge Ave NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
(218) 333-5665
(218) 333-5642

Friends of Sanford Health 

Since 1922, the Friends of Sanford Health has been serving as a link between Sanford Bemidji Medical Center and the Bemidji community. We enhance service to patients by supporting Sanford staff, providing meaningful service opportunities to members of community, and increasing the community’s understanding of Sanford’s goals and policies. Fundraising (medical center gift shop and lobby sales) on behalf of the Friends of Sanford Health has added thousands of dollars for building projects, healthcare scholarships, and much needed medical equipment.

The Friends of Sanford Health Board meets monthly on the fourth Wednesday. The primary responsibility of the Board is to disperse funds from the hospital gift shop and fundraisers to departments within the hospital for patient and visitor care.

An Invitation

The Friends of Sanford Health invites you to share in the growth of their organization that is dedicated to service on behalf of Sanford affiliates. You can share in the satisfaction derived from service through active membership.

Any active Sanford volunteer is a member of the Friends of Sanford Health. Anyone who is not an active volunteer can be a member for minimal annual dues.


Open to all men and women over the age of 14 – minimal annual dues entitle you to the benefits of being a Friends of Sanford Health member. For more information contact the Sanford Bemidji Volunteer Services Manager, (218) 333-5654 or kari.knudson@sanfordhealth.org.

Friends of Sanford Health Scholarship Application