Volunteer at Maple Grove Hospital
Volunteers are an integral part of our success. Our nationally certified, Points of Light–recognized healthcare volunteer program is a leader among healthcare volunteer programs, which means that while you give of your time and heart, you get an unrivaled experience, too.
The Gift of Giving
We know you’re not in it for yourself—that’s why you volunteer. But there are a few perks to spending your time and energy in healthcare volunteering:
- Discounts in our gift shop and pharmacy.
- Meal voucher for every shift.
- Access to support from our spiritual care team.
- Complimentary flu vaccination.
- MERSC membership discounts.
- Fulfill required service hours for schools and universities.
- Exposure to the medical field and networking, including inclusion in team meetings, educational, and team-building events.
- Letters of recommendation or references for jobs and educational opportunities.
Plus, research shows the mind and body experiences a positive lift with volunteering!
Become a Volunteer at Maple Grove Hospital
Where giving feels like getting.
At Maple Grove Hospital, you are never just a number or a body in a healthcare volunteer role. We get to know you—your preferences, goals, and personality—so we can pair you with an opportunity where you can shine. Our roles in more than 20 different departments assures that whether introvert or extrovert, stocking medical supplies to greeting guests, you’ll have a mission that matters.
Apply today to get started. Choose from the following applications:
Share your expert time and talents.
Adult, 18 and older, out of school:
Learn and grow with a premier hospital.
Junior Volunteers, 14 and older, in school:
If you need a paper application, call 763-581-1710.
A World of Opportunity
Maple Grove Hospital offers many ways to volunteer, learn and grow.
Search Volunteer Opportunities
Each volunteer brings a new and unique level of expertise to Maple Grove Hospital. No matter where your talents and interests lie, chances are we have an opportunity for you.
If you’re 14 or older and able to make a regularly scheduled healthcare volunteer commitment of 6 months or more, apply for a volunteer opportunity. Generally, you’ll fill a two-to-four-hour shift two to four times per month. Get great experience, fill volunteer hours for school or personal fulfillment, and potentially leave with a network, references, and letters of recommendation.
Helpful Tips for Parents of Junior Volunteers
Volunteering at Maple Grove Hospital is an opportunity for young people to learn and demonstrate commitment and accountability. We expect every volunteer to attend orientation and independently complete an in-person interview.
While we encourage parents/guardians to ask questions, we also respectfully request you refrain from attending orientation or the interview so your child can learn about the applicant experience for future employment.
Orientation topics include:
- Maple Grove Hospital culture/values
- Volunteer expectations
- Perks/benefits of volunteering
- Infection control
- Safety & security
We communicate directly with your child in person or via phone and/or email. We understand that not all students have personal cell phones or email addresses, but we ask you to please encourage your child to communicate directly with our office as much as possible. This experience will help your child strengthen communication and organizational skills.
We hope your child’s experience at Maple Grove Hospital will capitalize on their personal strengths, develop critical thinking skills, and help prepare them for the future.
If you’ve completed an in-person interview and received an email inviting you to join the healthcare volunteer team, complete these documents and return them at or before your Human Resources appointment.
Junior Volunteers (ages 14-18, enrolled in high school)
To return documents:
Maple Grove Hospital
Attn: Volunteer Services
9875 Hospital Dr.
Maple Grove, MN 55369
In person: Drop your completed forms in a clearly labeled envelope (Volunteer Services) with staff at the Welcome Desk, located near the main hospital entrance.
Service Enterprise Certification
Maple Grove Hospital is certified as a Service Enterprise by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. That means we’ve been evaluated and endorsed for our careful work with volunteers and their skills to deliver on our social mission. We were the first hospital in the nation to be recognized as a Service Enterprise by Points of Light.
We are honored to be a certified organization alongside 50 other Minnesota organizations, including the Minnesota Children’s Museum and Minnesota Historical Society.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I volunteer more than once a week?
Yes, it is possible depending on your schedule and the needs of the department in which you serve.
Can I volunteer in more than one area of the hospital?
All new volunteers must complete 20 hours of service in their assigned department/care area before adding or moving to another department/care area.
Can I volunteer for the summer only?
While we generally ask volunteers to make a minimum 6 month commitment, we are willing to work with college students who can volunteer 2-3 times per week over the summer months. Please submit an application to start the conversation.
Do you offer the opportunity to shadow physicians or observe in a clinical setting?
While volunteering at Maple Grove Hospital allows you to become familiar with and possibly comfortable in a medical setting, we do not have a formal shadowing program with our physicians.
Do you offer internships?
Not at this time.
Are there age requirements for some positions?
All positions require that a volunteer be 14 years of age and older. Some positions require that volunteers be 16 or 18 years of age and older.
Can I rock/cuddle with babies in the nursery?
At this time we do not have a formal volunteer position in either of our nurseries.
How many hours do most volunteers work?
Most volunteers start out with one three to four hour shift a week. Some volunteers start with twice monthly schedules. Volunteers who are interested in picking up additional shifts are encouraged to discuss options during their interview or with Volunteer Services team members any time they would like to make a change.
What about immunization requirements?
Documentation of two MMR immunizations or proof of immunity to measles and rubella, as well as Varicella (chickenpox) immunization or immunity is required of all volunteers.
I would like to find employment at Maple Grove Hospital. Can I get my “foot in the door” by volunteering?
All employment is arranged through our Human Resources Department. All individuals go through the same process in order to gain employment at Maple Grove Hospital. Volunteering does not inherently give you an advantage over non-volunteers.
Can I do my homework while volunteering?
It is suggested that volunteers in certain departments bring a book to read discreetly during “down times”. However, we do not encourage you to bring homework or other work that would bring your attention away from assisting staff or guests.
Can I be involved in patient discharge?
Some volunteer positions may occasionally involve assisting patients as they discharge. However, we do not have a specific volunteer position working within patient discharge at this time.
Do you have volunteer positions in the pharmacy?
Unfortunately, not at this time.
Will I be involved in direct patient care?
Volunteers work to assist staff as the staff members provide direct care. While you may interact with customers and guests in your volunteer role, you will not provide any direct care measures.
How long will you hold my volunteer application?
Applications are maintained for one year. If after one year the individual has not progressed in the process of becoming a volunteer the application is deleted from our system or shredded. You do not need to submit more than one application unless a year has lapsed since your last submission. You also do not need to submit a new application if you move from junior to adult volunteer status.
Is your volunteer program the same as North Memorial Health's?
Our volunteer program is a separate entity.
What our volunteers have to say:
“I view my time volunteering for the hospital as
“I am most proud of the wonderful hospital,
including the environment we volunteer in and the
great people we work with.”
“It is an absolute pleasure to work with such a
fantastic group of people as the MGH team. I’ve
learned a lot from my time as a volunteer, not
only as far as career paths go, but on a personal
development level as well.”
“Oh my goodness – I love (volunteering) so
much!! I wish this was my everyday job! So fun!
(Volunteering) just re-sparked my love of nursing
and gave me something to strive for…working in a
hospital such as this.”
Learn more about our amazing volunteers