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Volunteer with Mercyhealth

Mercyhealth volunteers are as valuable as any employee, any doctor, any nurse, or any vice president. Why? Because Mercyhealth volunteers provide comfort and caring to all our patients, young and old, in times of need.

Our volunteers are dedicated to helping others, generously giving of their time and talents. They go above and beyond to make sure each patient and guest has the best experience possible.

We invite you to consider joining our team of dedicated Mercyhealth volunteers. Watch this video to learn more.

How do I become a volunteer?

Due to COVID-19, the only areas we are currently needing volunteers are at our Janesville gift shop, our Rockford and Janesville thrift shops and our Rock County based Meals on Wheels progam. If you are interested in applying for these areas, please complete an application. We will post a notice on this website when we can once again safely have volunteers return to our hospital-based services.

  • Submit an online application/background check permission:
  • Complete an interview
  • Meet all of the medical requirements for volunteering
  • Attend volunteer orientation

Where can I volunteer?

Javon Bea Hospital—Riverside, Rockford, IL 

  • Welcoming patients at various reception desks
  • Escorting patients and visitors
  • Transporting patients upon admission or discharge
  • Working in the hospital gift shop
  • Assisting with non-clinical tasks in the emergency department or the outpatient surgery unit
  • The Loving Tails Pet Therapy program

Javon Bea Hospital—Rockton, Rockford, IL

Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center—Janesville 

 Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center—Harvard 

  • Delivering Meals On Wheels
  • Escorting patients and families to appointments and rooms
  • Crafts, such as knitting and crocheting prayer shawls and newborn baby hats
  • Front desk reception

 Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center—Walworth 

 Our fundraising success

Over the years, our volunteers have raised millions of dollars to support our communities and provide programs and equipment to help and support our patients and employees. These funds are raised primarily through the:

Funds raised have helped to contribute to special projects including:

  • Support of the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a mobile pediatric clinic that serves a six-county area in Illinois and Wisconsin to uninsured and under insured children.
  • The Healing Harp music program to help reduce anxiety for our patients and help with their healing process.
  • Scholarships to high school students entering a health care field.
  • Small patient comfort items, such as quilts for our neonatal intensive care babies, caps for every newborn baby, and colorful surgical caps for pediatric patients.
  • Continued growth and upgrades to the Body Shop Exhibit at the Discovery Center Museum.
  • Renovation projects on several inpatient and outpatient units.
  • Hospital equipment purchase
  • Contributions to the Wigs for Patients program
  • Support for the House of Mercy Homeless Center
  • Contributions to the Hospitality House

Our volunteers take tremendous pride in its long tradition of service to Mercyhealth and the communities it serves.  If you would like to contribute, click here to be taken to our Annual Campaign.

Board Members

Mercyhealth Association of Volunteers Board Members
Mercyhealth Volunteer Association Board Members

Learn more about our volunteer programs

The Heart of the Hospital
True Dedication

Please call our volunteer offices with any questions.

Learn More

VIDEO: Love Light Ceremony 2020

VIDEO: Mercyhealth Volunteer Recognition 2019

VIDEO: Mercyhealth Volunteer Recognition 2018