National Volunteer Week

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- National Volunteer Week, April 7-13, is a chance to recognize the volunteers who perform countless valuable services within our community. It is also a good time to explore volunteer opportunities that might interest you.

Jennifer Loew, Director of Volunteer Services at Mayo Clinic Health System, and Joyce Voigts, a volunteer, sat down with Tyler Mickelson to talk about volunteering. Their Q&A can be found below.

How many people volunteer at Mayo Clinic Health System?

Last year, 663 volunteers served nearly 76,000 hours across northwest Wisconsin – the equivalent of around 36 full-time employees. That saved nearly $1.9 million.

What are some of the different volunteer opportunities?

We have a variety of opportunities available. Currently there are openings for permanent and substitute positions as Patient Transporters, Patient Companions, as well as at our Information Desks, Gift Shops, Pet Therapy teams. There are also opportunities for clerical and special project volunteers and in our Critical Care, Emergency Department and Cancer Center.

How much time does it take?

Generally, people volunteer for one 4-hour shift per week. Some do more or less. Some people substitute as needed.

How can people volunteer at Mayo Clinic Health System?

Search “volunteer” at or call 715-838-3262.

What kind of volunteer work do you do?

I currently volunteer two days a week at the Luther Building Information Desk. I also create baby caps and quilts, dialysis sleeves, and prayer shawls for our patients.

What made you decide to become a volunteer?

Volunteering offers me a chance to give back to the community. It gives me a sense of purpose when helping others within the community.

What is your favorite part of volunteering?

Meeting people and doing good for others. Making a difference. It gives me a sense of pride volunteering at Mayo Health System. I value being a part of the volunteer teams I work with. It gives me a feeling of happiness. And it’s fun!