• 1700 SW 7th Street, Topeka, Kansas 66606-1690
  • 785-295-8000

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers at St. Francis Health are the lifeblood of our ministry. They serve in an enriching and meaningful capacity. Through their healing generosity, they give of their time and talent to make our patients and visitors feel warm and welcomed. Whether they are delivering the mail or flowers to a patient, working in the gift shop or helping families in our surgery waiting rooms, volunteers provide a valuable service to our hospital. From the front door to the nursing floors to the emergency room, volunteer opportunities are abundant.

If you have just one morning per week or several days to give; if you have interest in working directly with patients or are more interested in a back-office type setting, we have lots of places for you to serve. Many of our volunteers work in multiple areas.

Getting started:

Click on the Adult Volunteer Application or the Youth Volunteer Application from left-hand column to fill out an online application. You will be contacted to meet directly with the Volunteer Manager regarding your interest and availability.

Paperwork – background checks and references will be checked for all individuals age 18 and older. For youth volunteers, you will be asked to submit a copy of your most recent grade card and a letter of recommendation.

Orientation – All volunteers are required to attend an orientation class at the hospital. Classes are held on Mondays approximately every other week. You will need to arrive on-time and be present for the entire program.

ID badges and required immunizations will be free of charge to every volunteer.

Uniforms – all volunteers will receive a volunteer shirt, vest or smock. Uniforms and ID badges must be worn at all times while volunteering. 

Volunteer Positions

Volunteers in any capacity are greatly appreciated by all members of the St. Francis Health team. Here are just some of the ways you can help (position descriptions are outlined below):

  • GRACE Team
  • Critical Care Family Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Information Desk
  • Mission Woods
  • Registration
  • Surgical Family Room
  • Clerical Positions

GRACE team

Volunteers are responsible for greeting and welcoming patients and guests as they enter St. Francis. Volunteers will assist guests with directions, way-finding and general questions. 

Critical Care Family Room

Families encountering stressful situations rely on volunteers to listen to them and provide assistance when needed. This type of care is provided through our volunteers in the Critical Care Family Room.

Return to Volunteer Positions

Gift Shop

Volunteers assist customers and operate the cash register in our Gift Shop.

Information Desk

Volunteers assist patients, family members and their visitors when they enter the Health Center by giving directions, finding patient room numbers and performing other tasks.

Nursing Floors

Volunteers are trained to assist with many tasks, including pouring water for patients, helping transport patients when discharged, assisting at the desk and running errands.

Registration

In this key position, volunteers escort patients being admitted to St. Francis, run errands and help with light clerical work.

SPD

Volunteers in our SPD department deliver supplies and stock linens on the nursing floors.

Surgical Family Room

Volunteers act as a liaison between family members and surgery/recovery room staff by escorting family members to consultation rooms to talk with doctors and answering the telephone.

Clerical Positions

Volunteers with clerical skills are used in several departments, including Outpatient Rehab and the Wound Center.

Youth Application Requirements

To complete the youth volunteer application process, the following will be needed.

A copy of your most recent grade report. (If it is the first semester of the school year and you have not yet received a grade report, send a copy of your grade report from the last 9 weeks of your previous school year.) This can be a computer generated report that you print from home. 

A letter of recommendation from a teacher or school counselor on school stationary. It may be hand written, but must be on school stationary.  An email reference letter is acceptable from their official school email address and may be sent to Jana Wingert at jana.wingert@sclhs.net.  

All forms in this application packet completed. Your social security number will be needed when you are issued your i.d. badge. You do not need the card, but need to know the number.

Immunizations must be current for volunteers as well as employees.  Please send copies verifying TB, tetanus and MMR.  Hepatitis B series is not required if your volunteer position does not have potential of coming into contact with blood or bodily fluids.

Important:
The online application and other paperwork will not be processed without a copy of your grade report and a reference letter/email from a teacher or counselor.