Medical Center

Sanford Bemidji Medical Center Volunteer FAQs

Sanford Bemidji Medical Center Volunteering Home

What is the definition of a volunteer?
A volunteer is a special person who gives freely of their talents and time without being paid for their efforts.

(Return to top)

How old do I have to be to volunteer?
The minimum age to volunteer at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center is 16 years old.

(Return to top)


Can I volunteer for a total of only 10-15 hours?

No, we require at least 2-4 hours per week commitment from all of our volunteers.

(Return to top)

Will volunteering help me secure a paid job with Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota?
No, volunteering is not a way of guaranteeing that you will get a paid position at our organization.

(Return to top)

Can I begin volunteering tomorrow?
No, in order to volunteer you will need to meet with the Volunteer Services Manager for an interview and orientation. First you will need to fill out an application, clear our background check, and pass a Mantoux test (to check for tuberculosis).

(Return to top)

Can I volunteer in more than one area?
Yes, you can volunteer in as many areas as your and our schedule allows.

(Return to top)

What if I am going on vacation or otherwise need to take time from my regular volunteering schedule?
All volunteers are required to notify the Volunteer Service office, as well as their department, of any days or weeks that they will be unable to volunteer.

(Return to top)

What if I don’t like my assigned volunteer opportunity?
We want you to be happy while volunteering. Please speak with Kari or Cindi and we will find you a new placement.

(Return to top)

What are the benefits of volunteering?
As a volunteer, you'll know that you are making a difference in the lives of our patients, visitors, and staff at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center. You’ll also enjoy: being a part of the SBMC team; receiving complimentary meals and snacks; receiving recognition; attending educational and training opportunities; and of course, socializing, networking, and meeting new friends. For more information, see our benefits page.

(Return to top)

Where do I park when I am volunteering?
Volunteers can park in any of our visitor parking lots.

(Return to top)

I want to volunteer. What do I do now?
Great! Contact Kari Knudson, Volunteer Services Manager at (218) 333-5654 or kari.knudson@sanfordhealth.org to begin the process.

(Return to top)