Volunteers putting hands in togetherBrookings Health System welcomes community members to volunteer their time and talents to our organization. Interested persons wanting to volunteer in Brookings should enjoy providing assistance to others and a social environment.

We currently have volunteer programs in the following areas:

  • Inpatient Care: interact with patients in our swing bed area. Provide companionship by playing games, doing puzzles, sharing interests or simply visiting with patients. Volunteers are needed 2-6 p.m. every day.
  • Gift Shop: assist with daily operations of the gift shop. Activities will vary depending on ability and interest but include: unpacking merchandise, entering merchandise into computer, pricing and displaying merchandise, assisting customers and ringing sales, stocking and light housekeeping of gift shop.
  • Birth or Postpartum Doula: assists parents during labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum for parents who deliver at Brookings Health System. Volunteers must complete Doulas of North America training or its equivalent. They need to commit to two, 12-hour shifts or one, 24-hour shift per month for a minimum of one year.
  • New Beginnings Baby Café: New Beginnings Baby Café is a service offered for breastfeeding mothers which supports them in every aspect of nursing, from starting to weaning and every variation in between.  Volunteers are needed to help register participants.  Volunteers should be interested in newborns, new mommies and breastfeeding. Baby Cafe is held Tuesdays, 5:00-7:00 PM and Thursdays 1:30-3:30 PM.
  • Hospice: visit with clients, support family members by sitting with clients to provide respite for care givers, perform light homemaking tasks or run errands for families. Volunteers need to commit to a minimum of one year.
  • The Neighborhoods at Brookview: assist with resident activities, like outings, bingo, arts and crafts, games, baking, reading, writing letters and companionship. Hours that volunteers are needed for activities are Monday through Friday, 9:30-11 a.m. and 1:30-4 p.m. Other opportunities include pet therapy, gardening, and one on one companionship with a resident.

Volunteers are required to complete the following:

  • Completed Volunteer Application
  • Proof of MMR records (two dates) or receive a booster/titer 
    (exception: those born in 1957 or earlier)**
  • Current TB skin test/2nd step (within the last year)**
  • Seasonal influenza vaccination**
  • Background check*
  • OIG check*
  • HIPAA video training and signed confidentiality agreement*
  • Review Brookings Health System's Infection Control Policy*
  • Completed training applicable to specific volunteer position

*Conduct by Brookings Health System's human resources department
**Administered by Brookings Health System as needed

For more information on becoming a volunteer, please contact the Human Resources Volunteer Coordinator at (605) 696-8063.

Hear from one of our long-time volunteers about her experience in the video below. 

Value in Volunteering