Volunteer at Franciscan Healthcare

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Franciscan Healthcare utilizes volunteers at our locations in La Crosse, Onalaska, Sparta and Holmen. 

Volunteers, 14 and older, work with paid staff to provide extra services and/or add to the quality of care. Most volunteers serve 2-4 hours a week. New volunteers complete an application, health screening, background check and orientation.

Openings vary throughout the year. Some of the service areas include:

DART (Dependable and Resourceful Transport): Volunteers assist in transporting patients, equipment and supplies in the Hospital. Shifts are Monday through Friday, 7:45am to Noon or Noon to 4pm. DART volunteers need to be physically able to push wheelchairs, do a lot of walking and communicate well with our patients and staff. Training will be provided.

Clinic Hospitality: Volunteers meet, greet and assist patients and visitors as they enter and use clinic services. Applicants must be able to transport patients in wheelchairs; be dependable; and able to communicate well with people.

Hospice: Once a year, hospice volunteers are trained to provide clerical, companionship and bereavement mailing services for patients and families facing terminal illnesses.

Hospital Positions: Teen, college and adult volunteers are utilized to staff the Gift Shoppe and Relative Waiting Rooms; provide clerical and delivery services; and escort and transport patients within our facility. Members of the Auxiliary organize and carry out a number of fundraisers annually; and offer nursing scholarships to students at Viterbo University and Western Technical College.

Senior Housing: Volunteers are involved in providing activities for seniors living in apartments or assisted living.

Youth Opportunities

  • TAGS (Teen Age Group Services) - TAGS are teens 14 years and older who volunteer in a variety of settings - senior housing, clerical assistance and errand/delivery service - during the summer. TAGS begin their service with a one-time orientation held in May.
  • College students have the opportunity to gain experience and fulfill course requirements in their field of study.
  • For Job Shadow opportunities contact Human Resources.

Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare truly appreciates the efforts of our volunteers. We show our gratitude through a variety of recognition events throughout the year as well as by offering access to a number of benefits available to our employees such as discounts for the our Health Club, Gift Shoppe and The Market Place.

To get started, please contact the appropriate Volunteer Services staff member and complete our application. Due to the number of applicants and volunteer positions available we reply to those whom we believe we have a placement for. Applications are kept active for three months after receipt.  

Volunteer Services
First Floor South, Professional Arts Building, 615 10th Street South, La Crosse, WI

Also visit the Franciscan Healthcare Auxiliary page for more information about this group and their activities that support Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare.