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Volunteer Opportunities

You can make a difference through volunteering at GRMC. More than 400 individuals give their time and talents to the medical center as volunteers. Thank you!


General Requirements:
All new volunteers will attend a general orientation and in-service training before placement in any area of the hospital. Volunteers are asked to attend an annual orientation update meeting. A screening physical and TB test as well as a back ground check are completed by the hospital.

  • Clinic Courier: Volunteers drive the GRMC van to Lynnville, New Sharon, and Victor clinics and pick up lab specimens, supplies, and mail for delivery to the main campus in Grinnell. Volunteers must be dependable and have current driver’s license. Driver’s are covered under hospital insurance. Monday through Friday 3:15 p.m. -6:00 p.m.
  • Patient Tray Favors: Clubs, groups, and individuals provide seasonal and holiday tray favors for patient meal trays. Minimum of 40 favors need to be made.
  • Patient Activity Projects: Various projects assisting the Patient Activity Coordinator. On an as needed basis. Some projects could be worked on at home or at the hospital. Examples are preparing picture books, gift bags, or sewing neck pillows, bibs, and stuffed animals.
  • Information Desk: Volunteers assist patients and visitors to the medical center at the GRMC main entrance. To greet, escort and assist patients and or visitors, as they enter the admitting area, with the desire to make their hospital experience as pleasant as possible. To help ease the workload of paid hospital staff by assisting with other general office duties. Shifts are 8:00-11:00 a.m. and 11:00-2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Mailings: Volunteers prepare bulk mailings for various hospital departments. Shifts are usually three hours. Needed as an on-call basis. May be called at last minute.
  • Auxiliary Gift Shop: Volunteers staff the hospital gift shop in two or three hour shifts each day of the week. Shifts are Monday – Friday, 9-11 a.m., 11-2 p.m., 2-5 p.m., and 5-8 p.m.*  Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Surgery Waiting: Volunteers serve as a liaison between the surgery department and waiting families. Shifts are 7:30 a.m. – noon and noon – 4 p.m., Monday - Friday.
  • Breakfast Services Cashier: Volunteers serve as cashier in the GRMC cafeteria Monday – Friday, 7-10 a.m.
  • Pediatric Orientation: Escort and assist with program, for area first graders in April and October. Time 12:15-3 p.m.
To request about volunteering opportunities, contact Cara Kenkel at 641-236-2043 or by email at ckenkel@grmc.us.

*The 5-8 p.m. shift is only on Thursdays.