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Volunteers contribute to quality care

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Fairview Ridges Hospital! At Fairview Ridges Hospital, volunteers are an integral part of our health care team, contributing thousands of hours annually to patients and their families. Volunteers enhance the experience for all who come to the hospital and help our staff to provide an exceptional health care experience. We are proud of the fact that we have more volunteers per hospital bed than any other hospital in Minnesota.

Current volunteers: Access Vicnet

Benefits of volunteering
Most agree that a major benefit is the satisfaction that comes from helping others and giving back to the community in a meaningful way. Volunteering also offers other rewards – new friends, new opportunities to explore potential careers as well as new or improved skills. Additional benefits include:
  • Free parking
  • Meal allowance
  • Discounts at the Gift Shop and Fairview Pharmacy
  • Discounts on entertainment tickets
  • Access to our health sciences library
  • Opportunity to attend certain workshops, health screenings and more

Become a volunteer
We offer volunteer placement in up to 54 different areas based on your interests and abilities. Day, evening and weekend opportunities are available to volunteers age 14 and older. Opportunities include:
  • Welcoming, greeting, escorting and offering directions to patients and guests
  • Delivering cards/flowers and other items to patients and staff
  • Compiling education packets
  • Assisting staff in many departments with different tasks to support patient care
  • Hand massage/Reiki
  • Pet visitor
  • Healing music
     
Adult volunteers
Follow these steps:
  • Submit an application
  • Provide two references: print reference sheets and email or mail them in to us (NOTE: reference forms are different for adult and juniors)
  • We require at least one reference before you will be called for an interview
  • Interview with our Volunteer Services staff
  • Commit to a minimum of six months of service
  • For safety purposes, you will complete a simple health screening and background check as required by law
  • Attend a general hospital orientation
  • Receive training and education from experienced volunteers and/or staff

Volunteer Applications (PDF format, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Adult volunteers typically commit to 8-16 hours per month.

Adult volunteer application
Adult volunteer reference sheet

Junior volunteers
Follow these steps:
  • Submit application
  • Print reference and parental consent forms ( Please bring these with you to your interview)
  • Interview with staff (we will call to set up your interview)
  • Commit to six months of service or longer
  • For safety purposes, you will complete a simple health screening and background check as required by law (we send this information to you prior to your interview)
  • Attend a general hospital orientation
  • Receive training and education from experienced volunteers and/or staff
  • Start your regular schedule
Junior volunteers, ages 14-18, and still attending high school, help out in various areas of the hospital, coming in every other week for a four-hour shift. Most junior volunteers serve on an evening or a weekend shift up to 8-12 hours per month. Our program at Fairview Ridges Hospital is very competitive, thus not all students who apply and/or interview will be accepted. Thank you for your interest in our program.

NOTE: We are not accepting junior applications at this time. Our current schedule is now full. During this time, if you submit an application we will return it to you and ask that you to reapply when we open up for applications. We recommend that you check back in the spring of 2015. We typically onboard junior volunteers once or twice a year depending on our openings and needs. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you in the future. Please make sure you check back with us in the Spring.

Volunteer Applications (PDF format, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Junior volunteer application
Parental consent form
Reference form
Attendance policy

Thank you for choosing Fairview Ridges Hospital to volunteer. We welcome your questions and look forward to hearing from you.
Fairview Ridges Hospital
Volunteer Services
201 E. Nicollet Blvd.
Burnsville, MN 55337
952-892-2035
 
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