COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update Learn More

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the application process take? Can I start right away?
The entire application, screening and orientation process takes an average of three to four weeks to complete.

I don't see the position I am interested in on the listing of opportunities. Can I request to volunteer in a department that isn't listed?
Not every department has a need or the resources to accommodate volunteers. The positions listed have been developed to effectively utilize volunteers. We rarely are able to place volunteers in departments not listed.

How many hours do most volunteers work?
Most volunteers start out with one three or four-hour shift a week. Volunteers who are interested in picking up additional shifts are encouraged to discuss options with Volunteer Services.

Are there any opportunities in the evenings or on the weekends?
Yes, although opportunities are limited and fill up quickly. The busiest times and greatest need for volunteers are weekdays between 8-4 p.m. Please refer to the Opportunity Directory for areas with evening and weekend availability.

Is there an age limit for volunteering?
The minimum age for volunteering is 14 years old. There is no upper age limit.

I would like to work with children or babies. Is that a possibility?
To work with children and infants volunteers must be aged 18 or older and have graduated from high school. If you are interested in working with children, we encourage you to explore our Child & Adolescent Specialty Center position at the CentraCare Plaza or the Children’s Center position at St. Cloud Hospital. Position descriptions can be found in the Opportunity Directory.

We do not have a baby-rocking program. Positions with our infants are very popular and seldom have openings. If we have an opening, we look for volunteers who have provided at least 50 hours of service to St. Cloud Hospital and are willing to commit to one year of continuous volunteering.

Can I volunteer and fulfill some community service or court-ordered service hours?
It depends. We are not able to accept volunteers with misdemeanor or felony charges other than minor driving violations. We do not accept volunteers performing court-ordered community service. If you need to fulfill some community service hours for a reason other than court-ordered service, keep in mind that all volunteers must serve at least 58 hours.

Do you offer internships or shadowing opportunities?
No. Individual departments coordinate their own internships. Job shadowing is arranged through our Education Department or Medical Staff Office.

I would like to find employment at St. Cloud Hospital or CentraCare. Does volunteering guarantee me a job?
No. All employment is arranged through Human Resources.

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