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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, our hospital-based volunteer programs have been suspended since March, 2020. The only areas we are currently accepting volunteers are at our Janesville and Rockford gift shops and thrift shops. If you are interested in applying for either of 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  

Volunteers will be trained to fill a variety of positions, including:

Javon Bea Hospital—Rockton

Volunteers can choose from a wide variety of tasks both on and off campus including:

Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center—Janesville 

Volunteers can choose from a wide variety of tasks within the hospital or throughout the Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center Campus:

 Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center—Harvard 

At Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center-Harvard, doctors, nurses, technicians, and committed volunteers do whatever it takes to make patients feel better and visitors feel welcomed. Opportunities include:

 Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center—Walworth 

Our growing volunteer group enjoys working with our patients and customers, and each other. Opportunities include:

 Our fundraising success

Since its inception, the volunteers have raised over $8 million to help provide superior care, every day, for all our patients. These funds are raised primarily through the:

  • Gift Shop, located off of the lobby of Javon Bea Hospital–Rockton
  • Thrift Shop, located at 2830 Glenwood Ave. in Rockford, adjacent to the Javon Bea Hospital–Rockton

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 Harps 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; grants and loans for employees to continue or to enhance their health care career.
  • 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.

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
Rockford Memorial Auxiliary Board Members

Learn more about our volunteer programs

The Heart of the Hospital
True Dedication

Please call our volunteer offices with any questions.


VIDEO: Love Light Ceremony 2020

VIDEO: Mercyhealth Volunteer Recognition 2019

VIDEO: Mercyhealth Volunteer Recognition 2018

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