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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Marshalltown)

1704 South Center Street
Marshalltown, IA 50158

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Volunteers Find a Perfect Fit at UnityPoint Health in Marshalltown


Barb and Ken Rasmussen aren’t the type of people who sit for long. So, when they retired, they knew they wanted to help somewhere in the community.

For Barb, the choice was to volunteer at the hospital in Marshalltown. For Ken, it was to work part-time at the golf course – until he realized that those who help on the links don’t end up playing as often as they’d like.

Now, Barb and Ken volunteer together at the new UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown hospital, and it’s been a great fit.

“I’ve enjoyed it immensely,” says Barb, who is in her seventh year with the hospital. “It’s a wonderful thing. Everyone likes to see a happy face when they come to the hospital, and you get to talk to people.”

“It’s nice to give back to the community,” says Ken, “and it gets you up in the morning and keeps you busy.”

Ken realized how much he missed it when the COVID-19 pandemic forced volunteers to stay away.

“Yeah, we found ourselves at home saying, ‘Gosh darn it, we don’t have anything to do.’ It was great when they finally called some of us back to help with the vaccinations.”

Neither Barb or Ken had experience with healthcare or connections with the hospital when they began. But they enjoy the flexibility the position affords them. In addition, they feel a sense of purpose working at a medical facility. There’s also a stipend for a free meal with every shift worked.

“One of the best aspects about volunteering at UnityPoint Health is that flexibility,” Barb said. “You can request a two-hour shift or a four-hour shift, or a morning or afternoon, if you’re a greeter. You know, we go away in the winter, and they don’t get upset when you say you’ll be gone for three months.”

Ken credits the hospital with saving his life after he suffered a ruptured bowel. Now, he says it’s rewarding to do something good for the community.

“Volunteering here is wonderful,” Barb says, “and they’re very appreciate of their volunteers.”

Interested in volunteering at the new UnityPoint Health hospital in Marshalltown? Contact Volunteer Services Coordinator Jim Reidy at, (641) 328-7481 (office) or (319) 240-3222 (mobile).