St. Joseph Hospital Eureka has a very dynamic volunteer program comprised of many individuals of all ages. Our dedicated volunteers serve in several areas of the hospital and in the community as well.
Depending on individual interests, some of our volunteers work directly with patients while others provide invaluable assistance in hospital support areas or in one of our physician practices or community collaborative programs. Each year the volunteers raise thousands of dollars through various fundraising activities which include bake sales, raffles, rummage sales, book sales, and jewelry sales, to name just a few! All proceeds benefit patient care and scholarships for students seeking future careers in health care.
How to Join Our Volunteer Team
We do request a minimum commitment of one year of service annually. Most volunteers sign up for one or more three and one half hour shifts per week, with their minimum commitment complete after a period of approximately six months.
Call 707-445-8121 ext. 7530 for more details. Click here for a volunteer application.
St. Joseph Hospital Eureka Volunteer Opportunities Most volunteers select a three and one half hour shift one day per week and serve in the following areas:
Situated in the hospital lobby, these volunteers provide general information and directions to all hospital visitors.
These volunteers provide Patient Care by supporting the Nursing and Nutrition Services staffs in the following ways: helping patients complete menus, providing patients with nourishments, delivering patient flowers, cards, etc., delivering doctors' orders, lab specimens, pharmacy requests and charts to departments as needed, processing mailings, and completing special projects.
These volunteers are responsible for the retail sales of this shop. They handle payment transactions, wrap gifts, and prepare window displays.
Click Here for the Gift Shop
Departmental support throughout the hospital
Volunteers provide non-clinical, administrative support to Radiology, Dietary, Administration, Medical Records, Patient Billing, Purchasing, and the Rio Dell Community Resource Center. Additionally, volunteers knit baby caps for each newborn and sew abdominal pillows for surgery patients.
Spiritual Health Services Volunteer Chaplains
These volunteers provide non-denominational support to patients as requested. After completing an in-depth eight week course that prepares them for the position of Chaplain, they select a two hour block of time one day a week to visit with patients. These volunteers are trained to support patients and families through the grief process and to provide active listening, emotional, and spiritual support.
Community programs our volunteers support include
- Ongoing fund raising events to improve patient care services at St. Joseph Hospital Eureka
- Hospital-wide tours for school children throughout the Eel River Valley
Volunteers support the efforts of staff who provide tours for pre-school and K-1 students from throughout the community. More than 300 students receive these hospital tours every year.
Vial of Life Community Program
A volunteer committee ensures that vials are placed throughout the community in convenient locations and that they remain adequately stocked. These vials include a Health Information form which could save valuable time for paramedics trying to determine a patient's prior medical history (including allergies and medications).
Baby Track Immunization Program
Volunteers track the immunization history of infants born at St. Joseph Hospital Eureka and in a program sponsored by the Public Health Department, encourage new parents to keep the immunizations current. St. Joseph Hospital Eureka has the longest running program in Humboldt County.
(high school students, aged 14-18)
Community high school students are given opportunities to support various departments throughout the hospital. The requested commitment is one afternoon per week (a two hour shift) through the academic year. They receive community service hours towards high school graduation requirements for the service they provide.
The Evergreen Lodge provides "a home away from home" for cancer patients from Santa Rosa, California to Medford, Oregon, and remains the only facility of this type on the North Coast. Offering more than just a place for these patients to stay, the volunteers reach out to provide small comforts that help in keeping their spirits up.
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Affiliated with the American Heart Association, Mended Hearts is a national nonprofit organization, which started in 1951. The organization provides peer support and education to patients and their families before and after heart surgery. Mended Hearts Chapter 46 in Humboldt County was constituted in November 1996 under the auspices of St. Joseph Hospital and the local Heart Association. The organization provides an accredited visitation program. Today there are 19 members in the local chapter. The chapter meets monthly on the second Wednesday of every month, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Joseph Hospital. Anyone may attend the meetings. Often there will be guest speakers talking about various aspects of heart disease, healthy eating habits, benefits of exercise and stress reduction techniques.
Provide patients with transportation to and from the hospital and Evergreen Lodge. They also provide transportation for all the employees and visitors from the parking lot to the hospital as well as between campuses.
Over 50 hats are crocheted or knitted each month for all the newborns at St. Joseph Hospital.
Heart Pillows and Surgery Pillows
Soft, cushy pillows are handmade monthly for all Heart and Surgery patients to help comfort them while in the hospital and while recovering at home.
One of the many fund-raising activities that the volunteers manage at both campuses while also helping to maintain the beauty of our environment.
Canine Candy Striper Program
Dog and handler teams are coordinated to enhance our patients' healing environment while also providing them with the benefits of human-animal interaction. The team's performance is reviewed annually to ensure patient safety and that the dogs are well trained and can appropriately behave.
Community Volunteer Opportunities and Partnerships
Provide assistance to the Community Resource Center Coordinators by performing general office duties or other projects as directed. These individuals play an important role in serving our community's most needy residents including the homeless.
Community Resource Centers in Rio Dell, Blue Lake, Eureka, Loleta & Willow Creek
Kris Kelly Health Information Center
(located in the Evergreen Lodge, across the parking lot from SJH)
Applies medical background and knowledge to assisting community members in obtaining resources and information through the KKHIC consumer health library. If they are unable to locate the information themselves, they are able to assist in finding someone who can. They also do general and light office work to help maintain the library's daily functions.
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