UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Adult Volunteer

Volunteers at Iowa Methodist, Iowa Lutheran and Methodist West make a difference for our patients, families and staff at the hospitals. We have opportunities for men and women. There can be opportunities both in patient care areas and non-patient areas such as the gift shop, family waiting rooms, clerical support, and more. A typical volunteer assignment is once a week for 2-4 hours. We ask our volunteers to make a six-month commitment.

Steps to becoming a volunteer:

  1. Have a desire to help and become a part of our health care team.
  2. Complete a volunteer application (including contact information for 3 personal references).
  3. Complete a simple health screening at no cost to you. A seasonal flu vaccine is required.
  4. Pass a criminal background and dependent adult/child abuse registry check.
  5. Attend a placement interview/orientation session.
  6. Complete necessary training.

Our Campuses

Iowa Methodist and Blank Children's Hospital

All volunteer placements are full for the summer. Please check back in August for fall updates.

Iowa Lutheran Hospital

Please fill out the Iowa Lutheran Hospital Volunteer Form (on the left) to request additional information about how to become a volunteer or call 515-263-5227. A few of our volunteer opportunities are highlighted below:

  • Escort
    Do you enjoy talking with people? Would you like to get exercise by walking while you give of your time? Are you good at putting people at ease? Then we need you! We are looking for compassionate individuals to be stationed at the main entrance of the hospital to escort patients to departments or to various testing areas. There are three shifts Monday through Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Surgical Waiting Room Host/Hostess
    We are looking for volunteers who enjoy interacting with families and staff and who would love to assist anxious families by serving as a host/hostess and as a liaison between families of patients and staff in this fast paced environment. Volunteers will also make coffee, track families and provide communication. Volunteers assist in the surgical waiting room during two shifts Monday through Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Methodist West Hospital

To find out more information about the application process, please call the Volunteer Services department at Methodist West at 515-343-1088. Below are the current open positions:

  • Gift Shop
    Methodist West is looking for individuals who enjoy working with the public and can provide retail sales in our hospital gift shop. Volunteers must have excellent customer service skills and enjoy working together as a team. All volunteers are trained and do not need previous retail experience. Volunteers must be able to stand and walk throughout their shift. We currently need a volunteer for shifts: 
    • Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Floor Assistant
    We currently have a need for a volunteer on Thursday afternoons to assist with restocking of the linen. This position requires the volunteer to be able to push a small cart with linen, as well as bending up/down to stock the shelves with linen. This is a fun opportunity to volunteer directly on the floor and get exercise while volunteering. All volunteers are oriented to the hospital and trained by staff.