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Volunteering at Lakes Regional Healthcare is a great way to meet people, gain new skills, share your talents and give back to the community. Volunteers work in various locations throughout the hospital, in the Gift Shop and even within their own homes. Wherever they serve, volunteers add an extra touch of compassionate care to the patient experience.

Coffee Shop Volunteer

Coffee Shop Volunteers get to know many hospital staff and visitors. They volunteer for three hours on weekday mornings between 7:30 am and 10:30 am selling specialty flavored coffees and baked goods from local favorites such as Lisa’s Bake Shop and Spudnutz within the hospital’s coffee shop, located by the cafeteria. Proceeds from the sales are given to the Volunteers as a fundraiser for their scholarships.

Gift Shop Volunteer

Gift Shop Volunteers are the frontline staff that greet and assist customers, ring up their purchases, and straighten up and restock shelves. Shifts are weekdays between 9 am and 1 pm and 1 pm and
5 pm.

Outpatient Center Volunteer

Outpatient Center Volunteers welcome patients to LRH’s Outpatient Center and direct them to specific areas within the center, pick up and deliver hospital paperwork, food trays, lab work, and medications to and from appropriate hospital departments as requested, and transport patients via wheelchair and/or accompany patients and visitors to departments within the hospital. Shifts are weekdays from 8 am until 12 pm.

Patient Reception Volunteer

Patient Reception Volunteers escort and direct patients to various locations within the organization such as the Laboratory or Imaging, and transport patients via wheelchair. Shifts are weekdays from 8 am until 12 pm and 12 pm until 4 pm.

Visitor Reception Volunteer

Visitor Reception Volunteers are the smiling faces patients, visitors, and staff first see when they walk into LRH’s east atrium. They assist patients and inpatient visitors in getting where they need to be on the campus by telling them patient room numbers, communicating with registration and patient care staff. Shifts are weekdays from 8 am until 12 pm and 12 pm until 4 pm.


We appreciate our volunteers and strive to make volunteering a fun, rewarding experience. Volunteers receive the following benefits:

  • Free meal in the hospital cafeteria with each shift worked
  • Volunteer celebrations and other hospital events
  • Personal satisfaction from assisting others
  • Social interactions with others, with the possibility of expanded friendships


To become a volunteer, first complete and submit the attached form (email form). A representative will contact you and help you through the orientation process, which includes:

  • Paying $5 annual membership dues
  • Completing the self-directed orientation assessment
  • Having a free health assessment with our Occupational Health Nurse
  • Having a TB test with our Occupational Health Nurse
  • Getting an annual flu shot at Dickinson County Public Health
  • Completing a background check form
  • Receiving privacy education

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at Lakes Regional Healthcare by calling 712-336-8799.

Summer 2021 Junior Volunteer Program

Lakes Regional Healthcare’s Summer Junior Volunteer Program is a great opportunity for high school and college students to experience the healthcare industry first-hand, learn new skills, develop their career path, and help others. To start the process to become a Junior Volunteer, you must complete and submit the application and parental consent form (if under 18 years old) by May 14, 2021 to:

Lakes Regional Healthcare
Attention: Jennifer Gustafson
Spirit Lake, IA 51360

For more information, see program details, email Jennifer Gustafson,
or call 712-336-8799.