Our volunteers can be found throughout our organization providing a variety of functions, based on their individual skills and talents. If you see an opportunity below you feel you will excel at, let us know! Thank you for choosing to donate your time at Northwestern Medical Center.

Volunteer opportunities

INPERSON VOLUNTEER SERVICES CURRENTLY SUSPENDED: Due to COVID-19 restrictions put in place to reduce the risk of transmission, in-person volunteer services at NMC are currently suspended.

Administrative Support: The Volunteer Department and other hospital departments seek administrative support from Volunteers for various, light-duty, time-sensitive projects like mailings and other tasks. 

Auxiliary Gift Gallery: Our Gift Gallery is staffed by Volunteers. Our merchandise consists of women’s and men’s accessories, specialty gifts, jewelry, stuffed animals, baby items, children’s books and toys, health and beauty products, candy, flowers and other various seasonal specialty items. We welcome those who enjoy this type of atmosphere as a volunteer.

Cobblestone Information Desk: At the Cobblestone building, Volunteers welcome, greet and direct patients who are coming for services in the building.

Courtyard Café: We have breakfast and afternoon shifts available for Volunteers who want to help our Restaurant and Catering Department. We operate the point-of-sale register, and offer support with other light duties and tasks as appropriate. 

Couriers: Couriers support the Outpatient Lab, Medical Clinics, Emergency Department, Surgical Services and the Family Birth Center by retrieving patient samples that need to be delivered in a timely manner to our main lab for processing for patient care. They also help ensure that important paperwork is delivered from one hospital department to another in a timely manner or to the mail room for processing. For those who like a fast-paced task, this role is for you.

Main Hospital Entrance Information Desk: Volunteers are in the main hospital entrance. We greet the community, and offer our support for those looking for their destination. Coming to the hospital can be a confusing time for people, and we are here as friendly helpers.

Medical Office Building Information Desk: Volunteers greet patients and visitors at the Medical Office Building main entrance for services related to Primary Care, Urgent Care, Orthopaedics, Outpatient Lab and Northwestern Occupational Health. Coming to the hospital can be a confusing time for people, and we are here as friendly helpers.



Pastoral Care: People interested in a little more specialized contact with patients have the option of becoming Pastoral Care Volunteers. These volunteers undergo special training to learn to help meet the spiritual needs of patients at NMC.

Pet Therapy: Highly trained dogs certified by Therapy Dogs of Vermont and Therapy Dogs International that are appropriate for the hospital setting are put on the Pet Therapy schedule to visit our patients when appropriate. 

Physical Therapy Clinic in Enosburg: In our Enosburg Physical Therapy satellite office, Volunteers welcome, greet and direct patients who are coming for services in the building. 

Surgical Services: Volunteers in Surgical Services support the Patient Registration team and Operating Room staff by helping to greet patients who arrive for surgery in our waiting area. We escort patients and family as appropriate to and from their pre-op rooms.

Veterans Sponsored Valet: Veterans operate a free-of-charge valet program, assisting patients and visitors around campus. Veteran Valets offer to help park vehicles for those who need assistance. The Valet service also offers rides around campus in a six-passenger enclosed electric vehicle that we refer to as “The Shuttle.” The service operates Monday through Friday from 8 am to 3 pm.