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The Volunteer Services team at Providence Alaska Medical Center is happy you’re interested in volunteering your time and talents at our hospital. Our volunteers are important to us because they help us accomplish our mission of serving the sick and vulnerable.

By volunteering at Providence Alaska Medical Center, you’ll help your community in a meaningful way. You’ll do good deeds that will be remembered by our patients, visitors and staff and also make new friends and memories.

Volunteer opportunities include both individual and group assignments

Some examples of individual volunteer assignments are:

  • Hospital greeter and patient escort
  • Eucharistic minister
  • Inpatient flower deliverer
  • Gift shop assistant
  • Office assistant
  • Patient companion in No One Dies Alone
  • Nursing unit assistant
  • Emergency Department assistant
  • Surgery services assistant 

Our group volunteers include businesses, churches, schools and families. These volunteers serve through preplanned, scheduled events and are escorted by a Providence Alaska Medical Center caregiver at all times.

Examples of group volunteer opportunities include:

  • Hosting a pizza night for our Pediatric Unit
  • Singing or playing music in our lobbies
  • Holiday caroling throughout inpatient unit areas
  • Holiday donation gift wrapping
  • Providing or cooking a meal for guests at the Hickel House
  • Hosting a food drive for the Hickel House

We make every effort to place volunteers in assignments that fit their talents while also fulfilling the hospital’s needs. However, please note that assignments are not guaranteed.

To be considered for our volunteer program, please review and agree to our volunteer requirements and complete the Volunteer Application.

To become a volunteer at Providence Alaska Medical Center, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Commit to volunteering for at least six months, fulfilling an assigned two- to four-hour shift each week *
  • Serve a minimum of 100 hours *
  • Pass a criminal background check (fingerprints required)
  • Pass a health screening, providing vaccination records for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR); hepatitis B; tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis booster (Tdap); and varicella (chickenpox)
  • Attend a mandatory two-hour orientation
  • Complete the annual Q-Gold test provided by Providence (due during your birth month) *
  • Complete the annual Volunteer Services Safety Update*

* These requirements may vary depending on specific service area needs.

If you can commit to our volunteer requirements, we invite you to complete the online Volunteer Application.

Submitting an application does not guarantee your placement in the program. Placement in a volunteer assignment is based on your skills, suitability and availability as well as our current openings and hospital needs.

Be sure you can meet our volunteer requirements before submitting your application. You may also call or email us at to begin the application process.

Volunteer Application

Volunteer Services also accepts the following donations for patients and their families:

  • Magazines that are less than 6 months old
  • Paperback books that are in good condition
  • Quilts in various sizes *
  • Knitted and crocheted caps for newborns *
  • Pillow covers for pediatric patients *
  • Holiday blankets, caps and bibs for newborns *

* Homemade items must be washed and individually wrapped in plastic bags to meet infection prevention guidelines.

Donated items may be dropped off at our location in the Providence Alaska Medical Center, B Tower, Suite 107, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Monetary donations and items that aren’t listed above may be given through the Providence Alaska Foundation.

Providence Alaska Foundation

Providence Alaska Foundation strives to promote a healthy community by raising funds for programs, projects, initiatives, and issues that address the health needs of Alaskans.

Join us in the work of finding amazing ways to touch lives. Your efforts are strengthened in partnership with Providence to maximize your reach and impact.

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Are you interested in exploring a career in health care? Our Community Partnerships Program offers job shadowing and other career education opportunities. Learn more about community partnerships.