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Find out how you can become a ThedaCare volunteer and brighten the experience of our patients, visitors and team members.

We Love Our Community

Each year, we are privileged to have several hundred community volunteers brighten the health care experience of our patients, visitors and team members by providing thousands of hours of service throughout the ThedaCare network.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are available throughout ThedaCare, including the hospitals, Regional Cancer Center, Encircle Health and with each of our hospice programs. Please contact the volunteer specialist in your community to learn more about current volunteer roles.

I realized the value of hospice when my husband was in his last days on earth – over 16 years ago. That led me to train for the hospice volunteer program. It’s hard to even explain how rewarding this experience has been. For the most part, the folks I have served have uplifted and blessed me.

Doris C. (Hospice Volunteer in Shawano)

Becoming a Volunteer

Volunteer Expectations & Requirements

Please review the following volunteer requirements. There are a few things you should consider before completing your application:

  • Minimum 18 years old
    • Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in the Summer Student Volunteer Program. Applications for this program are available and accepted annually in February and March.
  • Commit to serving a minimum of 3-4 hours each week or every other week on an ongoing basis
    • We do NOT offer temporary volunteer opportunities such as mandated community service, Christmas break and one-time only opportunities. We also do not provide shadowing opportunities.
  • Complete application and orientation process
  • Complete health check and receive an annual flu shot
  • Comply with annual trainings

Application Process

To ensure our patients’ well-being and help you have the best possible volunteer experience, ThedaCare requires that all volunteers complete the following steps to become a volunteer:

Step One:

Download Application form

Download the appropriate application form for the location you wish to volunteer. Complete the application in its entirety and save your changes.


If you prefer to submit a paper application, please mail completed forms to your location of interest. Addresses can be found on the application.

Step Two:

Submit Completed Application Form Online

Attach the completed application here and submit the online form to complete the process. All fields are required.

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Volunteering has allowed me to meet special people I would have otherwise never known. I enjoy visiting with hospice patients, and I aim to be a bright spot in their day. It is truly rewarding to have someone tell you how much they appreciate your visits.

Bonnie T. (Hospice Volunteer in Waupaca)

What to Expect Next

You will be contacted after we receive your application, check your references, and run your criminal and health care background check. We will proceed as follows:

  • Interview with Volunteer Services – Discover your areas of interest and possible assignments
  • Meet with a ThedaCare health nurse for a health check
    • A TB test will be given at the health screening appointment
  • Orientation and position-specific training
  • Congrats! As a new volunteer, you will become an integral part of the patient experience!

Contact Us

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact your local program specialist.

We will contact you to set up an interview and help you through the process. Thank you for considering ThedaCare!

Being free at this time in my life, I discovered that giving back, especially in a service community like ThedaCare, brings me joy.

Ann Z.
Gift Shop Volunteer