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Volunteering at Avera McKennan - Become a Volunteer!

A Great Place to Volunteer!

With hundreds of dedicated volunteers, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center is a great place to be a volunteer! Are you looking for a purpose? Want to help others? Interested in meeting people? Need to gain new skills? Volunteers serve in the hospital, in clinics, in Hospice, at Avera Prince of Peace and in the community.

Application and positions

Apply for a volunteer position at Avera McKennan

View a list of current volunteer opportunities

To become a volunteer, you need to complete an application. We will then meet with you to discuss your interests, days and times available, and how we can help you meet your goals of becoming a volunteer. We'll also help match our needs with your interests. Specific paperwork and health requirements must be completed by all Avera volunteers.

Who to contact

If you would like to speak with someone about volunteering, please choose one of the following options:

  • Avera Hospital & University Health Center Volunteer Services 605-322-7897
  • Avera McKennan Hospice Volunteers 605-322-7715
  • Avera Prince of Peace Volunteers 605-322-5605

What you can expect

To become a volunteer, you need to complete an application. We will then meet with you to discuss your interests, days and times available, and how we can help you meet your goals of becoming a volunteer. We'll also help match our needs with your interests.

Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. Most volunteers give of their time on a regularly scheduled, weekly basis. However, many volunteers come several times each week and some volunteer in several different areas. Our goal is to work with you.

Benefits

People of all ages volunteer at Avera. It's worthwhile and enjoyable; Avera is a great place to volunteer!

Last fiscal year volunteers contributed the equivalent of over 50 full-time employees! Volunteers are able to enhance the services provided to ensure patients are treated with compassion and visitors with hospitality. Volunteers add an extra touch wherever they serve.

With positions ranging from clerical support to escorting patients to rocking babies, our volunteers make a difference each and every day. Watch this video to hear from volunteers and find out what it means to them to volunteer at Avera McKennan.

Volunteering promotes good health spiritually, emotionally and physically. Medical research shows that not only do volunteers feel healthier, they are healthier due to increased energy, lower blood pressure, less depression and better eating and sleeping habits. Kahlil Gibran said, "You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give." It is evident that volunteers always get more than they give.

Watch the following videos to hear from volunteers and find out what it means to them to volunteer at Avera McKennan.