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Volunteer at St. Joseph Medical Center

Welcome and thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center. Volunteers are an integral part of a dedicated team devoted to the health and well being of our patients and guests.

Every day, volunteers of different ages and talents can be seen throughout the medical center offering their support in various roles. We offer many unique and exciting volunteer opportunities to match a wide range of interest, skill and ability. Volunteering at PeaceHealth St. Joseph provides a great opportunity to help others and get involved.

Become a Volunteer


People of all backgrounds volunteer at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center. Basic requirements for volunteering include:

  • Volunteers must be at least 17 years of age
  • Willingness to make a commitment of four hours per week for a minimum of six months. Any volunteer who wishes to extend that commitment to a greater length of time is welcome to do so.
  • Interest in serving others or desire to gain experience in the healthcare field

Application Process

  1. Volunteer Application form 
    Application forms are available at the Information Desk at the main entrance to the hospital or download here (pdf). Return your completed application form to the Information Desk at the main entrance or by mail.
  2. Interview 
    Contact the Volunteer Department at 360-788-6324 to schedule an individual interview.
  3. Onboarding requirements 
    After your interview, we will assist you in completing the following requirements:
  • Background check
  • Health screen and TB test with Employee Health
  • Volunteer orientation
  • Position specific training 

    If you have questions about the application process, please call us at 360-788-6324
Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways to be involved as a volunteer at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center. Our goal is to assign responsibilities to volunteers that are consistent with both skills and interests. Opportunities include (but are not limited to):

Cancer Center: Assist clients with resource materials, assemble packets, stock brochures and provide Oncology program support as needed.

Clerical Assistance: General clerical assistance including copying, data entry, filing, assembling packets etc. in a variety of areas.

East Tower: Greet and escort patients and visitors arriving for procedures; provide general information, directions, and resources to the public; run errands for staff and assist with projects.

Emergency Room: Stock, clean and assist staff. This position is usually reserved for pre-med students.

Eucharistic Minister: Provide communion to patients.

Float/Runner: Assist with specimen delivery, patient transport, mail, flower and meal tray delivery. This position involves a lot of walking.

Gift Shop: Help customers select gifts, price products, restock, and handle payment transactions. The gift shop is operated by Central Auxiliary.  All proceeds help fund patient care projects, services, and equipment at St. Joseph Medical Center.

Patient Ambassador: Visit with patients to provide support, companionship, and encouragement.

Pet Therapy: Volunteer handlers and their canines provide emotional support, encouragement, stress relief and entertainment for patients and staff throughout the medical center. Position requires Therapy Animal Team registration through Pet Partners.

Pharmacy: Provide clerical support, assist staff, stock supplies, and run errands. Pharmacy Assistant license required.

Rehab: Geared to students seeking Rehab experience. Involves assisting Physical and Occupational Therapy staff in a variety of tasks.

Special Projects: Serve on a team or task force to provide patient/community involvement; one time computer, marketing, special events and other miscellaneous projects.

Whatcom Hospice: Fundraising, clerical support or assisting patients in the later stages of life with chores, errands and childcare.

Women’s and Children’s Services: Assist staff in the Special Care Nursery, Pediatrics, and the Childbirth Center by holding babies, restocking supplies, disinfecting high-touch areas, folding laundry, and running errands.