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Volunteer at Sacred Heart Medical Center RiverBend

Sacred Heart Medical Center volunteers provide the exceptional care and understanding inherent in the mission and values of PeaceHealth.

Our volunteers are special people who choose to give their time, talents and energy to improve the lives of others. These dedicated individuals are a vital piece of the health care we provide to our patients and community. While giving comfort and compassion, volunteers benefit from the knowledge that they help others each and every day. We are grateful to our volunteers for the talents and experience they bring to our patients and their families.

PeaceHealth Oregon West Network (PHOWN) Volunteer Services is a highly structured program, with over 750 active, dedicated volunteers who donate over 70,000 hours per year.

Volunteers assist in nearly every area of the medical center and are often the first face you see when you enter the hospital.

With the variety of volunteer opportunities available at PeaceHealth, you are sure to find a program that best suits you. Please let us assist you as you explore our programs and decide which best fits with your skills, interests, and hours of availability.

All volunteers must be at least 18 years old and able to pass a criminal background check. In addition, all volunteers attend volunteer orientation, undergo a health assessment through employee health and purchase a volunteer vest or shirt. 

All volunteers commit to a weekly four-hour shift for a period of at least six months.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please email

Some benefits of volunteering:

  • Satisfaction of helping others
  • Creating new friendships
  • Job skill development
  • Supplemental lunch stipend
  • Free parking
  • Reference letters
  • Volunteer appreciation events
  • Flu shots

Areas where volunteers make a difference:

  • Anesthesia Clinic
  • Behavioral Health (University District)
  • Emergency Department
  • Heart to Heart (Current and former Heart Patients)
  • Heart Warmers (Quilters) 
  • Hospitality Desk
  • Materials Management
  • Oregon Heart & Vascular Institute Cath Prep Recovery
  • Patient/Family Advisory Council
  • Pet Assisted Therapy (Pet must be certified through Pet Partners or Alliance of Therapy Dogs)
  • Spiritual Care / Mission Services 
  • Sounds for Healing
  • Transport Team
  • Heartfelt Gifts Shop - Cashier

Volunteer programs:

Adult Volunteers

Adults or students aged 18 and older are invited to apply to volunteer in our volunteer program. Volunteers commit to a weekly four-hour shift for a period of at least six months. 

Pet Assisted Therapy

Volunteers visit PeaceHealth facilities with their certified Pet Therapy Dogs. Dog and handler must be certified and recommended by either Pet Partners or Therapy Dogs, Inc. 


Our Sounds for Healing Program consists of volunteer pianists or other acoustic musicians who provide environmental music to hospital visitors. 

Heartfelt Gift Shop

Volunteers work in the Heartfelt Gift Shop at RiverBend Hospital.  All proceeds from the gift shop are donated to Sacred Heart Medical Center for patient services, education and technology.   The Sacred Heart Hospital Guild - an all volunteer organization - operates the gift shop.

Hospice/Home Health

Volunteers provide Office, In-Home Respite, Life Passage, Bereavement and Rose Courier Patient Support. Volunteers receive comprehensive training. If you would like to learn more about these Volunteer Opportunities, call (458) 205-7443.