Bemidji Volunteer Opportunities

Give Your Time to Sanford Bemidji

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

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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.

Volunteer Information

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the application process take? Can I start right away?

The entire application process usually takes three to four weeks to complete. We highly encourage applicants to begin the process up to one month before they would like to begin volunteering.

 

I don’t see the position I am interested in on the listing of opportunities. Can I request to volunteer in a department that isn’t listed?

Not every department has a need or the resources to accommodate volunteers. The programs listed have been developed to utilize volunteers effectively. We are not usually able to accommodate placement of volunteers in departments not listed.

 

How many hours do most volunteers work?

Most volunteers start out with one, two to four hour shift a week. Volunteers who are interested in picking up additional shifts are encouraged to discuss options with their coordinator. Both flexible and regular weekly scheduling is available.

 

I only need 12 volunteer hours for a class. Do you have opportunities that would fulfill this requirement?

Unfortunately, no. We ask our volunteers for a six-month or 50-hour commitment. Check out volunteerbemidji.org for short-term volunteer opportunities.

 

Are there any opportunities in the evenings or on the weekends?

Yes, however, opportunities are limited and usually fill up quickly due to their popularity. Please refer to the "Opportunities" section for more information on programs with evening and weekend availability.

 

I see that I need a health screening. Is that something I will have to pay for?

No. All medical screening involved with volunteering is covered if it is done through our Employee Health Service.

 

I need to fulfill some community service hours. Can I do them through Sanford Bemidji? What about court-ordered community service hours?

It depends. We are not able to accept volunteers with misdemeanor or felony charges other than minor driving violations. Also, all volunteers must be able to fulfill the required six-month commitment regardless of the number of hours they need.

 

Do you offer opportunities to shadow physicians or other medical staff?

We do not offer these opportunities at this time.

 

I am interested in working in a position where I can observe physicians working with patients, is that possible?

Generally speaking, volunteers will not have the opportunity to observe physicians working with patients during the course of their volunteer work.

 

Is there an age limit for volunteering?

The minimum age for volunteering is 16 years old. There is no upper age limit.

 

I would like to find employment at Sanford Bemidji. Am I guaranteed a job by volunteering?

No, all employment is arranged through our Human Resources Department.

 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Clinic Greeter

Sanford Bemidji Main Clinic and Walkin Clinic, Bemidji, MN

Outgoing and friendly person to greet guests and attend to their needs.

Requirements: Aged 16 and up.

Coffee Cart

Sanford Bemidji Main Clinic and Walkin Clinic, Bemidji, MN

Provide refreshments to our patients and their families.

Requirements: Aged 16 and up.

East Information Desk

Sanford Bemidji Main Clinic and Walkin Clinic, Bemidji, MN

Greet guests, provide patient room numbers, deliver flowers and mail, provide directions, escort visitors and complete small projects.

Requirements: Aged 16 and up.

Edith Sanford Breast Center

Sanford Bemidji Main Clinic and Walkin Clinic, Bemidji, MN

Greet patients and assist them in preparing for their appointment. 

Requirements: Aged 16 and up.

Emergency Department

Sanford Bemidji Main Clinic and Walkin Clinic, Bemidji, MN

Greet patients and family, offer refreshments and reading materials, and stock rooms. 

Requirements: Aged 18 and up.

Gentle Touch Hand Massage

Sanford Bemidji Main Clinic and Walkin Clinic, Bemidji, MN

Provide a gentle, soothing hand massage to patients. This service is a TREAT – not a treatment!

Requirements: Aged 18 and up.

Gift Shop

Sanford Bemidji Main Clinic and Walkin Clinic, Bemidji, MN

Assist customers, take phone calls and help with merchandise.

Requirements: Aged 16 and up.

Medical Oncology Department

Sanford Bemidji Main Clinic and Walkin Clinic, Bemidji, MN

Greet patients and families, offer refreshments and reading materials, and stock rooms.

Requirements: Aged 18 and up.

Office Support

Sanford Bemidji Main Clinic and Walkin Clinic, Bemidji, MN

Assist employees in non-patient care areas by filing papers, answering phones, making photocopies and providing data entry and word processing. 

Requirements: Aged 16 and up.

Sanford Bemdiji 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.
  • Fundraising 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.

Send applications to:
Sanford Bemidji Home Care and Hospice
3525 Pine Ridge Ave NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

Surgery Center

Sanford Bemidji Main Clinic and Walkin Clinic, Bemidji, MN

To assist patients and patients’ families, provide public relation support for the front lobby, and assist and direct visitors.

Times: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Monday - Friday

Requirements: Aged 18 and up.

West Information Desk

Sanford Bemidji Main Clinic and Walkin Clinic, Bemidji, MN

Greet guests, alert staff to guest needs and direct and escort guests to various locations.

Requirements: Aged 18 and up.

WoodsEdge Senior Living

WoodsEdge Senior Living, Bemidji, MN

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.