Volunteer Opportunities

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Who are the Aspire Rural Health System volunteers? They are people who donate their time, skills, and talents to support the hospitals and our local communities. They lend a hand whenever help is needed, including delivering trays, making crafts for the gift shop, and spending time with hospice patients. 

Volunteers make a difference because of the role they play in meeting patients’ needs, providing essential services, and lending support. Volunteers set an example for all of us. They work for the satisfaction of helping others.

As a volunteer with Aspire Rural Health System, you’ll enjoy many rewards. You will feel a sense of accomplishment, learn new skills, meet new people, make new friends, and make an invaluable contribution to your community. 

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Non-Patient Care Areas

  • Auxiliary—join the auxiliary for monthly meetings, become a greeter at the hospital, work as a sales clerk in the gift shop, or help plan special events.
  • Foundation & Marketing—volunteers can help with clerical duties or serve on the Aspire Foundation Development Council to assist with fundraising endeavors and the planning of community events.
  • Additional opportunities are available in department office settings.

Patient Care Areas

  • Emergency room—volunteers greet patients and escort them to a triage nurse and facilitate communication between patients and families in the waiting area.
  • Escort services—volunteers transport patients throughout the hospital.
  • Hospice home care and residence (see section below).
  • Long-term care unit (see section below).
  • Additional opportunities are available in patient care units.

Helping enhance the patient experience and our longest-standing group of community volunteers are the Marlette Regional Hospital, Hills & Dales Healthcare, and Deckerville Community Hospital Auxiliarys. In addition to managing the hospital’s gift shop and greeter program, they undertake a number of special events and fundraisers throughout the year to help support patient care and community education. For more information about Auxiliary membership, please contact Shelia Lambert at 989-798-3135.

You may hold the hand of a lonely hospice patient, run errands for a stressed caregiver, answer the telephone in our office, or help raise needed funds for hospice services. Whatever your role, by volunteering, you’ll experience the profound impact you can have on individuals and families facing end-of-life care challenges.

There are many ways to share your unique gifts. Choose the areas that interest you the most, and we’ll develop an opportunity that best suits your time and talents. These areas include:


  • Companionship in homes, facilities, and the Hospice Residence
  • Office support
  • Patient and family support
  • Professional expertise
  • Pet Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Community Education
  • Fundraising and community outreach events
  • Quilting, sewing, gardening, and more


Detailed training and ongoing support are provided. For more info, please call 800-635-7490.

Long-term care volunteers assist with:

  • Entertainment services by singing, playing music, dancing, jokes, or drama.
  • Facilitating craft activities with the residents.
  • Gardening the outdoor courtyard during the spring, summer, and/or fall.
  • Hairstyling services for our residents—i.e. cuts, perms, styling, etc.
  • Playing a game, cards, or puzzles with our residents.
  • Spiritual and/or weekly church services.
  • Visiting, hand holding, reading, or letter writing with our residents.

The Heartlands Marlette Senior Living volunteers can assist with:

  • Entertainment; singing, playing musical instruments, educational presentations
  • Skill/Hobby Instruction; knitting, quilting, needlepoint, scrapbooking, crafting, painting, or other
  • Playing a game, card, or crafting a puzzle with residents
  • Spiritual studies/weekly church service
  • Visiting and conversing with residents
  • Pet visitors interested in pet therapy

If you are interested in volunteering at The Heartlands Marlette Senior Living, please call 989-217-9500.

Contact us

For more information about volunteer opportunities at Aspire Rural Health System, please contact the Aspire Rural Health System Human Resources Department:

Aspire Rural Health System

Human Resources Department

Phone: 989-635-4111