Volunteer Opportunities | Northfield Hospital & Clinics


Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Services

Volunteer Orientations Dates:  

Watch for future dates to come.

Our goal is to meet the needs of our patients and community by delivering quality service that reflects the Northfield Hospital & Clinics standard of care, and to provide a meaningful experience for our volunteers.  Volunteers have fun, meet interesting people, obtain career-related experience, and leave a lasting impression on patients and residents.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Attend a 1 ½ hour monthly orientation session
  • Agree to a State of Minnesota Department of Human Services Background Study
  • Complete a Volunteer Pre-Placement Health Evaluation
  • Commit to 2 hours/week of volunteer service
  • Obtain a parental signature if applicant is under 18 years of age (applicants must be at least 16 years old)

Benefits of Volunteering with Northfield Hospital & Clinics

  • Free Flu Vaccinations every fall
  • Recognition events and gifts in April
  • Employee/Volunteer Picnic in August
  • Access to NH&C classes and activities
  • General good feeling for volunteering time and talents to help others!

Volunteer Opportunity Directory

Breast Care Center

  • Monday-Friday -  2-4 hour shifts   between 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Greet patients, appointment reminder phone calls, make coffee, light organizing/cleaning

Cancer Care & Infusion Center

  • Monday-Friday - 2-4 hours shifts between 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
  • Greet patients, make coffee, light organizing/cleaning, clerical projects

Rehabilitation Services - Northfield  (off campus)

  • Monday-Friday - 2-hour shifts  between 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
  • Restock items, sanitize, organize lobby, pull charts, copying, greet patients as appropriate

Emergency Department

  • 7 days a week - 4-hour shifts   between 1:00 p.m. -  9:00 p.m.
  • Clean rooms, restock linen, sanitize areas, courier specimens/paperwork/equipment
  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age of older


  • Variable hours throughout the week
  • Support patients and families through companionship, music, or massage
  • Provide bereavement support through phone calls, visits, or support groups
  • Support the hospice program through clerical tasks

To learn more about volunteering for Hospice, please click HERE. 

Kaleidoscope Gift Shop

  • Monday-Saturday - 3 ½ hour shifts either 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
  • Manage cash register and answer questions about merchandise

Knitting, Crocheting, & Sewing

  • Make baby hats and stockings for newborns in the  Birth Center (at-home volunteer opportunity)

Long Term Care Center 

  • 7 days a week - variable hours
  • Lead or assist with resident activities:  News Reading Program, BINGO, small game activities, crafts, special events
  • Pet Therapy visits
  • 1:1 resident visits

Meals on Wheels

  • 7 days a week - Lunch hour shifts 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
  • Pick up prepared meals at hospital and deliver to community members per specified route

Medical-Surgical Floor

  • 7 days a week - 2-4 hour shifts
  • Triage call lights, assist with the HELP Program
  • Prior medical experience required

 Surgery Center

  • Monday-Friday - 4-hour shifts between 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
  •  Greet and support family members, make coffee, clerical projects

For more information or to become a volunteer at Northfield Hospital & Clinics, call   (507) 646-1036.



HELP   video for Volunteer Orientation

Applicant Process (pdf)

Hospital  Volunteer Application

Hospice Volunteer Application Form(pdf)