Sioux Falls Volunteer Opportunities

Sioux Falls Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in making a positive impact on other people's lives, you'll enjoy volunteering at Sanford Health. Each day our entire team of volunteers stands side by side with medical personnel and non-medical staff working united in the goal of improving the human condition through exceptional care, innovation and discovery.

Volunteers are required to commit to a regular 3-4 hour shift on a weekly or biweekly basis.

 

Requirements and Programs

Volunteer Opportunities

Acute Care Therapy – Sanford Medical Center – Sioux Falls, SD

Enhance the patient experience by providing a caring presence to patients during transport and assisting the therapist with treatment as directed. Also provide support to staff by providing housekeeping, clerical and restocking supplies as able.

Requirements: Ages16 and up.

Baby Rocker – Sanford Medical Center – Sioux Falls, SD

To assist the Neonatal Intensive Care staff by providing physical and mental stimulation to the hospitalized infant/child by holding babies in the NICU

Requirements: Ages 19 and up

“Rocking babies in the NICU is the best thing I have done since I retired. Rocking babies in the NICU is good for the babies and good for you!” – Joan

Bloom the Boutique – Edith Sanford Breast Center – Sioux Falls, SD

Volunteers assist boutique customers with retail purchases, operate the cash register, schedule customers for personal fitting appointments, track inventory, and assist with opening and closing the boutique.

Requirements: Ages 16 and up

Cafe Host – Sanford Medical Center – Sioux Falls, SD

Volunteers enhance the experience in the café by providing a warm greeting, assisting individuals with trays, and keeping the dining room clean.

Requirements: Ages 16 and up

Canine Ambassadors – Sanford Medical Center – Sioux Falls, SD

Greet patients, staff, and visitors in the main hospital lobby and provide joy through pet therapy. Certification through Therapy Dogs International is required.

Center for Joint Success – Sanford Medical Center – Sioux Falls, SD

Volunteers support, socialize with, coach, and explain room amenities to the patient. Volunteers also will provide support to Ortho/Neuro nursing and therapy staff by assisting with housekeeping, clerical duties, call lights, refreshments/meals, transport support, and restocking supplies as able.

Requirements: Ages 16 and up.

Children’s Hospital Escort – Sanford Medical Center- Sioux Falls, SD

The Children's Hospital at Sanford is home to both inpatient, outpatient and Physician offices. Volunteers provide patients waiting with a warm welcome and escort patients and families to test areas or patient rooms.

Requirements: Ages 16 and up.

Children’s Hospital Gift Shop Volunteer – Sanford Medical Center- Sioux Falls, SD

Gift Shop volunteers provide “retail therapy” by touching the lives of patients, families and staff that come into the gift shop. Volunteers will assist gift shop staff in maintaining outstanding customer service by generating sales, merchandising, ringing transactions, taking phone orders and delivering flowers or gifts to patients’ rooms. Gift Shop profits are used to support scholarships, patient care, programs and medical equipment here at Sanford USD Medical Center and Sanford Children’s Hospital.

Requirements: Ages 16 and up.

Children’s Surgical Hats Volunteer – Sanford Medical Center- Sioux Falls, SD

When children's have surgery, it can be very frightening. The Castle Cappers at Sanford provide these patients with a "fun and decorated" surgical hat. Volunteers meet once a month to cut material and assemble surgical hats. Volunteers also take the material home to complete the sewing projects.

Requirements: Ages 16 and up.

Cup of Comfort Volunteer – Sanford Medical Center – Sioux Falls

To bring comfort and relaxation to the patients in the Birth Place by providing tea and snack service to patient rooms.

Requirements: Ages 16 and up.

“Volunteering is the best job I don’t have to chart on and don’t get a pay check for; but instead get to hopefully bring a little positivity, comfort & a smile to other. On the Birth place newborn unit I can especially celebrate the mom, on the birth of a new baby, with tea & sweets and a word of congratulations. A smile is the best paycheck.” – Peg

Dialysis Unit Host/Hostess – Sanford Medical Center – Sioux Falls, SD

Dialysis volunteers provide comfort and support for patients by reading, playing games or listening. Volunteers assist staff with transporting patients, restocking supplies and filing. If you want to make a difference, this is a great area for you.

Requirements: Ages 16 and up.

Emergency Department Volunteer – Sanford Medical Center – Sioux Falls, SD

To enhance the Emergency Department healthcare team in providing non-medical information, support and comfort to patients and their families/visitors. This volunteer will visit patients and families while they are waiting for test results or to be seen by healthcare team.

Requirements: Ages 19 and up.

G.I. Aide Volunteer – Sanford Medical Center – Sioux Falls, SD

Volunteers in this area assist with discharging patients, cleaning carts, replacing linens, and helping support staff.

Requirements: Ages 16 and up.

Gift Shop Volunteer – Sanford USD Medical Center, Locken Lobby – Sioux Falls, SD

Gift Shop volunteers provide “retail therapy” by touching the lives of patients, families and staff that come into the gift shop. Volunteers will assist gift shop staff in maintaining outstanding customer service by generating sales, merchandising, ringing transactions, taking phone orders and delivering flowers or gifts to patients’ rooms.

Requirements: Ages 16 and up.

Heart Hospital Host – Sanford Heart Hospital – Sioux Falls, SD

To provide support to families in the welcome center by greeting, providing directions, and escorting to locations needed.

Inpatient Rehab – Sanford Medical Center – Sioux Falls, SD

Sanford Orthopedics & Sports Medicine’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation assists individuals in the recovery from surgery, injuries and illnesses. We help patients develop mobility, strength, balance, activities of daily living, problem solving, swallowing, speech, memory and leisure. Volunteers in Inpatient Rehabilitation assist staff with patient therapies, cleaning and clerical support.

Requirements: Ages 16 and up.

“One of my favorite things about volunteering in inpatient rehab is how awesome the therapists are. They really care about their patients and they always involve me whenever they can. I am hoping to be a PT one day and they do a great job on explaining different things about their job. Overall, volunteering there has been a great experience for me.” – Emma

Mail Room Volunteer – Sanford Medical Center – Sioux Falls, SD

This volunteer will help sort mail for patients and staff and deliver mail to patient rooms. Morning shifts available.

Requirements: Ages 16 and up.

Medical Building II Host/Hostess – Sanford Medical Center – Sioux Falls, SD

This volunteer will greet visitors as they arrive to the building and provide information to patients, families and visitors. This volunteer will direct visitors to their appointment areas.

Requirements: Ages 16 and up.

Mended Hearts – Sanford Medical Center – Sioux Falls, SD

To offer assistance, support and encouragement to heart disease patients and their families about their heart procedure and document any concerns that need a follow up visit.

Requirements: Ages 19 and up. Must have had a heart procedure, be a caregiver who is visiting with the patients and visit together, or a health care professional.

“Heart patients like to talk to a person who is a heart patient. They can relate and they know you have had similar experiences. They will open up and discuss things that their families and friends may not understand but you do.” – Joan

Museum Volunteer – Sanford Medical Center – Sioux Falls, SD

The Sioux Empire Medical Museum is the only medical museum in the region and is open to the public. The museum is located on the Medical Center Campus. Volunteers answer questions and provide information to visitors. If you like history, you will be a perfect fit for the volunteer opportunity.

Requirements: Ages 16 and up.

Outpatient Rehab Volunteer – Sanford Medical Center – Sioux Falls, SD

Sanford has four outpatient therapy areas. Volunteers in these areas assist therapists in patient treatment. This may include, but is not limited to escorting patients, cleaning equipment, stocking items/equipment, and light clerical duties.

Requirements: Ages 16 and up.

Patient Access Escort – Sanford Medical Center – Sioux Falls, SD

To escort patients from registration area to outpatient testing location, inpatient rooms or other locations within the hospital. This volunteer will provide patients waiting in the registration area with a warm welcome to Sanford USD Medical Center and help alleviate anxiety as they wait. This role does include a lot of walking.

Requirements: Ages 16 and up.

Patient Experience Volunteer – Sanford Experience Volunteer – Sioux Falls, SD

To provide new hospital patients with a positive first impression. Tasks will include telling patients about their room, ordering meals, and making sure they have everything they need.

Pediatric Companion – Sanford Medical Center – Sioux Falls, SD

Volunteers assist Child Life & Pediatric staff in playing with patients ranging from newborns to 17 year olds. In this role, volunteers will read to and play games with children, wash toys, assist with patient transportation within the hospital, and help with special events.

Requirements: Ages 19 and up. Must have a passion for bettering the emotional and developmental needs of children in the hospital.

Pediatric Therapy Volunteer - 69th & Minnesota Ave - Sioux Falls, SD

Volunteers assist therapists in patient treatment areas. They also prepare treatment rooms for incoming patients, sanitize toys, and escort patients.

Requirements: Ages 16 and up

Pediatric Tutor – Sanford Medical Center – Sioux Falls, SD

When children are hospitalized, we have a school teacher who helps them keep up on their studies. Volunteers are utilized to assist school age patients with educational activities. Volunteers will interact with patients ages 5 to 18 at their bedside or in a classroom at the Sanford Children’s Hospital. Subject specific tutors are also needed to be on-call for Spanish, physics, and higher-level math.

Requirements: Ages 19 and up.

Pet Therapy – Sanford Medical Center – Sioux Fall, SD

This program utilizes pet therapy dogs as a therapeutic modality to enhance emotional, physical, cognitive, and social function of hospitalized patients on the cardiology, pulmonary, orthopedics/neurology and children's units. Sanford requires certification through Therapy Dogs International.

“Volunteering at Sanford is a selfish indulgence. I get back so much more than I give. I am a pet therapy volunteer. My dog Murphy and I get to visit three different departments. Each is unique. Our visits to the ED is mainly for the staff. Murphy loves it there, especially when they announce his name when he arrives over the speaker. We also get to visit the 5th floor surgical ward. We see all kinds of people and enjoy visiting with them, their visitors, and the staff. Our third and most precious visits are at the castle with the kids. There are no words that can describe how these visits fill my heart. I only know that when I leave, it’s a feeling of joy to have brought a tiny bit of distraction to these families. Each visit brings an awareness of gratitude and blessings.” – Penny

Pharmacy OR Volunteer

This is a great volunteer opportunity for those individuals interested in a career in pharmacy! Volunteer assist the pharmacy staff in stocking, sorting and filing.

Requirements: Ages 16 and up.

Piano – Sanford Medical Center – Sioux Falls, SD

Volunteer pianists at the Sanford Medical Center share their talents with patients and guests by playing the piano in the main lobby.

Requirements: Ages 16 and up.

Reiki Volunteer – Sanford Medical Center - Sioux Falls, SD

To positively impact the experience of patients and their caregivers (families, friends, and staff) by providing Reiki sessions to reduce stress and promote relaxation.

Requirements: Ages 19 and up. Must be Reiki Certified and provide a copy of certification

Spiritual Care Assistant – Sanford USD Medical Center – Sioux Falls, SD

Provide clerical support to Spiritual Care & Ethic by answering phones, greeting visitors and providing directions to offices or conference rooms. 

Requirements: Ages 16 and up.

Supply Chain Volunteer – Sanford Medical Center – Sioux Falls, SD

Provides assistance with product management in the Sanford Hospital supply area. Some tasks include changing supply labels and rotating product correctly.

Surgical Services – Sanford USD Medical Center – Sioux Falls, SD

This role supports the surgical staff by performing various tasks. These include, but are not limited to, routine housekeeping, supply management, and patient transport. Volunteers assist with OR room turnovers, cleaning and disinfecting equipment, stocking supplies, clerical duties, changing O2 Tanks, running specimens to lab, running supplies or equipment to different locations, helping lift patients, and escorting families.

Requirements: Ages 16 and up.

Surgical Tower Escort – Sanford Medical Center – Sioux Falls, SD

Do you like to interact with people and want to get some exercise at the same time? If so, this is the volunteer position for you! Surgical Tower escorts take patient's family from the surgical area to patient's rooms and they also provide clerical and messenger support to staff.

Requirements:Ages 16 and up.

“Volunteering in the Surgical Tower is a very rewarding experience. No two shifts are exactly alike. The job consists of escorting families to patient rooms after surgery as well as delivering patient’s possessions to their room. Sometimes you need to guide people to other parts of the hospital as well. After a while you get a feel for who would like to visit with you and who would not. A cart is available to haul those possessions. I don’t think a shift goes by where some hospital staff member and/or family member doesn’t thank you for coming that day.” – Ron

VanDemark Escort – Sanford Medical Center – Sioux Falls, SD

Do you want to make a difference and get some exercise at the same time? Volunteer escorts in the VanDemark Building welcome patients to Sanford and help alleviate the anxiety that sometimes accompanies waiting and take patients to their destination.

Requirements: Ages 16 and up.

“Greeting people with a smile, helping the staff at the registration desk by taking patients and families to the radiology department for their appointments, transporting people to or from the main hospital in the golf cart, getting a wheelchair, helping people find their way to other appointments or the proper exit, and listening are all part of the volunteer experience at the VanDemark Building/Cancer Center.” – Ron

Veteran’s Club Host/Hostess – Veteran’s Club Lounge – Sioux Falls, SD

This volunteer will help to provide a welcoming environment for veterans and families who are patients at Sanford. Duties in the Veteran’s Club Lounge may include answering phones, greeting visitors, keeping the room clean, and making sure food and beverages are available.

Requirements: Ages 16 and up.

Waiting Room Host/Hostess – Sanford Medical Center – Sioux Falls, SD

Waiting Room Host/Hostess are a liaison between the nursing unit and patient family/friends. Volunteers answer the phone, transfer calls or take message for family and friends of patients. Your responsibilities will include directing or escorting families or friends to different areas in the hospital or just visiting with the patient’s visitors while they wait.

Requirements: Ages 16 and up.

“My role as a Critical Care Waiting Room hostess is to help care for those close to the patient as they stand by, experiencing stress and anxiety. This might include providing a listening ear, handling communication, finding a blanket or fresh pillow case, calling a chaplain, ordering more cookies, answering questions (ranging from location of the closest vending machine to Sioux Falls geography), finding crayons or materials to occupy a little one, or calling security (usually to gain access to a locker). It’s an opportunity to have a small part in making a difficult time better. Years ago, I was that family member in the critical care waiting room, grateful for a comforting presence.” – Joyce

Wayfinder/Imagenetics – Sanford Medical Center – Sioux Falls, SD

To enhance the Lobby in greeting visitors, providing information, support and comfort to patients and their families/visitors, provide housekeeping, messenger and transport support as needed. May also assist patients and guests throughout the Sanford campus in finding a physician’s office, patient room, waiting area, lab/x-ray, exam rooms, outpatient testing area, cafeteria and many other areas. With this role, volunteers may be on their feet for 4 hours and walk 2 to 6 miles during that 4 hour period.

Requirements: Ages 16 and up.

“Opening the door, holding an umbrella, helping patients out of vehicles, getting a wheelchair, walking with a patient to the doctor's waiting area and listening are part of the volunteer experience at Imagenetics. These small acts create a sense of caring which helps the patients feel welcome.” – Elaine

Wayfinder/Lobby Greeter – Sanford Medical Center – Sioux Falls, SD

The Sanford USD Medical Center Campus covers a 6X4 block area. Many customers need assistance in finding a physician’s office, patient room, outpatient testing area, cafeteria and many other areas. The Way Finding Volunteer opportunity was created to help our customers get to the area in which they are looking for. We are looking for individuals who are outgoing, friendly and can be on their feet for 4 hours and walk 2 to 6 miles during that 4-hour period.

Requirements: Ages 16 and up.

“After retiring and moving to Sioux Falls six years ago, I looked for volunteer opportunities in our new community. I contacted Sanford Health to volunteer as a baby rocker. I was told there was not an opening for a baby rocker at that time, but I could be a Wayfinder. I said I could do that, even though I really didn’t know what “that” was. Florists drop their deliveries in a central room in the hospital, and I deliver them throughout the hospital to individual patients. When not busy doing that, I help patients and visitors get to their destination in the complex, and I assist staff with various projects, as requested. Because I enjoy people, I have found that being a Wayfinder is rewarding in so many ways. It is heartwarming to witness the happiness of patients being remembered by their families and friends—patients smile and their eyes light up when I deliver flowers. Visiting with patients and visitors throughout the day brings me a lot of joy. Patients are always pleasant in spite of what they may be going through, visitors are friendly, and staff is appreciative. Being a Wayfinder has turned out to be a rewarding adventure for this volunteer.” – Jeannette

Wellness Center KidZone – Sanford Wellness Center – Sioux Falls, SD

The Sanford Wellness Center has opportunities at two convenient locations – 49th & Oxbow and Tea/Ellis - for individuals who enjoy being with children ages 0-8 and help provide child care services while parents exercise at the Wellness Centers. Volunteers play with children and assist with recreational gym activities for children.

Requirements: Ages 16 and up.

Wellness Center Locker Room Attendant – Sanford Wellness Center – Sioux Falls, SD

The Sanford Wellness Center on 49th and Oxbow has an opportunity for volunteers to assist staff with maintaining the locker rooms. Some duties include picking up towels, emptying towel bins, and cleaning locker rooms. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to gain experience and work on job skills. 

Requirements: Ages 16 and up.