Volunteer With Us
The following areas are in need of volunteer support! If you are interested in one or more of the following volunteer roles, the possible schedule openings fit your schedule and you feel you can meet all of the requirements and commitments, please apply. If you do not see a role that interest you, you may check back at a later date to see if we have posted any new opportunities. Thank you for your interest in volunteering on the Spectrum Health team!
Blodgett Hospital Wayfinding Project: Blodgett Hospital is opening a new parking ramp! This phase of construction will leave only one entrance to the hospital and the Professional Office Building. Volunteers are needed to support patients and visitors by escorting them to their destinations. The project is projected to last 18 months, but we will accept commitments of 5 months or more. (Monday through Friday, various shifts daily)
Patient Unit Volunteers at Butterworth: If you like to be active and get some steps in by helping mothers and their newborn babies, then this may be just for you! Volunteers will help mothers gather their belongings and leave the hospital with a smile, good wishes and friendly assistance. (Wednesdays and Fridays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Hospitality Cart Host / Mail Deliverer Host at the Medical Center (Butterworth, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and Meijer Heart Center and Blodgett Hospital): Would you enjoy warmly greeting patients and putting a smile on their faces by delivering their mail and flowers? Do you enjoy being social and helping others? This may be the perfect opportunity for you as we are currently looking for volunteers to help assist with our mail deliveries as well as taking our Hospitality Cart to inpatient units and offer patients and visitors reading materials and activities. (Medical Center: Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Blodgett: Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Renucci Hospitality House Host: Do you enjoying meeting new people and making them feel at home? This hotel-like house at the Medical Center is for loved ones whose family member is a patient at Butterworth, Blodgett or Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Would you enjoy joining the team to greet and chat with those staying there, provide house tours, answer questions, help people locate amenities at the Medical Center and in Grand Rapids and keep the public areas tidy and organized? These volunteers would also help with seasonal decorations and maintaining donated supplies for guests. (Tuesday and Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
Unit Support / Hospitality at Butterworth and Blodgett Hospital Emergency Departments: Are you comfortable in a faster-paced high need healthcare environment? Are you comfortable with doing all you can as a volunteer to help patients and visitors to reduce their worries? Volunteers are needed to help those find their way and find places like parking, the gift shop, the cafeteria, and escort medically stable and ambulatory patients safely to their transportation. We need volunteers to make everyone comfortable and at home by offering a warm blanket, coffee, and a magazine and provide companionship, if needed, or support the unit with locating a wheelchair or running brief errands. (Various shifts: Sundays through Saturdays)
“Take Them There” Wayfinding at Lemmen Holton Cancer Pavilion and the Medical Center (Butterworth, Meijer Heart Center, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital): Do you like to stay active and help people find their way? Our visitors need help locating their destinations and our amenities like eateries, pharmacies, gifts shops, parking, etc. Could you be that smiling face that notices the need for help and gets someone where they need to go and makes them feel at home? (Monday through Friday; several shifts daily)
Veterans Support at the Medical Center (Butterworth, Meijer Heart Center and Blodgett Hospital): Are you a compassionate person who has great respect for our veterans? Do you enjoy meeting new people and engaging them in meaningful conversation? Our Veterans Support Services program is looking for volunteers to meet with hospitalized veterans to provide that meaningful conversation and complete a survey with the patient that helps staff ensure that veterans are engaged in community support services that they need or that they could benefit from. (Various Shifts: Sunday through Saturday)
Care and Comfort Volunteers at Blodgett Hospital: Would you make a good companion? Is spending time with others something you would enjoy? We need volunteers at Blodgett Hospital who would like to spend time talking with some of our patients, playing games, or reading. (Various Shifts: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday thru Friday)
Hospitality Hosts in Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Waiting Rooms: Do you like to entertain kids and make them feel at home? Do you enjoy helping children feel comfortable in unfamiliar settings? Our Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Emergency Department waiting room is need of volunteers to support our patients and their families by offering them coffee or water; sharing your friendly company; and helping them find the eateries, pharmacies, gift shops and parking locations. (Monday thru Friday 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.)
Hospitality Hosts in Blodgett and Butterworth Waiting Rooms: Do you like to mingle and chat with new faces and make people feel at home? Do you like to help people feel comfortable? Our surgical waiting rooms need volunteers to support our visitors by offering them coffee or water, sharing your friendly company, and help them find the eateries, pharmacies, gift shops, or parking. (Various Shifts; Blodgett: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday; Butterworth: Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
Hospitality Hosts in Pre / Post Operation Area at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital: Can you make others more comfortable and reduce their worries? Can you make families feel at home and comfortable? Volunteers are needed to be hospitable to families whose children are having surgery by offering coffee and a friendly face, activities to children and helping them locate our amenities such as the gift shop, the ice cream shop/pizza café or the pharmacy. (Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Greeter / Hospitality Hosts in Radiology at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital: Would you enjoy warmly greeting children and their families and helping them begin to register when they arrive? Do you like to make people feel at home and help them with directional guidance, answer parking questions, and find our restaurants, gift shops, etc.? Do you like to be a part of a team and support the staff and keep the waiting area inviting and comfortable? (Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Patient and Family Advisory Councils (PFAC’s): Would you like to partner with Spectrum Health leaders to improve how care is provided? Would you like to be a part of a team that helps health care professionals continually work to elevate their quality of care? Spectrum Health has 18 separate PFAC’s with over 170 volunteers and they are looking for new members. If you have any questions about this or may be interested, email or call the Center for Patient Experience at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616.486.2580. (Please contact the Center but do not apply online at this time.)
Guild Member at Butterworth and Blodgett Hospitals: Are you looking for an exciting volunteer opportunity that can help many people within our community? Spectrum Health Auxiliaries are looking for people of any age to join one of their longstanding volunteer guilds. The volunteer guilds were created many decades ago to help with programs and operations at Blodgett and Butterworth Hospitals, as well as Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. In 2019, 10 guilds remain in full operation supporting the needs of the Fireside Grille, Garden View Café and the gift shops at Blodgett, Butterworth and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. (Volunteer days and times vary). If you have any questions about this or may be interested, email or call the foundation at email@example.com or 616.486.2088. (Please contact the foundation but do not apply online at this time.)
Greeters at South Pavilion (68th Street): Would you enjoy warmly greeting visitors and assisting them to find where they need to go? The south pavilion building, which includes many doctors’ offices and an urgent care, is looking for volunteers to greet those entering and steer them in the right direction! (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Thursdays 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
If you have questions or would like more information about volunteering with us, call 616.391.8194.
Next Steps and Orientation
After we receive your application and reference letters, we will review them to see if any open opportunities align with your interest. We will contact you by phone if we feel there is a match. If we cannot identify a match at this time, we will keep your file open for six months. We will contact you within that time if other openings become available that may interest you.
If we contact you by phone, we will further discuss requirements, your availability and our current openings. The next step is a face-to-face interview. If it is decided to move forward, we must complete a background check. We ask you to meet additional requirements (free of charge and with our assistance) such as two tuberculosis skin tests, seasonal flu shot and possible immunizations if you are not up to date (for patient contact areas).
You will need to complete a written orientation including topics such as Spectrum Health's mission/vision/values, personal and building safety, infection control, confidentiality laws, etc. You will have to sign and agree to a commitment statement and Spectrum Health's Code of Excellence.
Following completion of these steps, our team will refer you to a location for a weekly shift on a specific day and time. You will receive parking instructions, and a volunteer badge and a uniform, if applicable. The volunteer leader in your location will contact you to set up orientation and welcome you to your new volunteer role.