Aspirus Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in becoming an Aspirus Volunteer!

The Aspirus Volunteers organization embodies many different walks of life and a wide variety of gifts and talents. Volunteers play an important role at Aspirus Wausau Hospital and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services, providing service in more than 50 areas. The comfort and compassion provided by our volunteers helps to support and enhance the excellent care given to those in need.

Volunteering can open the door to new friends, skills and an appreciation for things which are taken for granted. According to one of our current Aspirus Volunteers, "There's no better feeling than knowing you helped someone."

Click on each opportunity below for more information.

Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services

Bereavement Support

Provide support to family members in the first year after a patient’s death. Volunteers make regular phone or mail contact with family members following the death of a loved one from the comfort of their home. Volunteers work with the Bereavement Coordinator who provides direction, guidance, and support for the volunteers.

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Festival of Trees (Teens Eligible)

Festival of Trees is held each year during the week of Thanksgiving. Treats, door prizes and holiday decorations will help you get into the Festival of Trees spirit to benefit Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services. Volunteer opportunities include: greeting guests, serving beverages, decorating trees, and much more. For more information, click here or contact the Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services Volunteer Coordinator at 715-847-2705.

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Hospice House (Teens Eligible)

Volunteers help staff members at Hospice House by visiting with patients, making meals, gardening, cleaning, stocking cabinets, etc. More duties are assigned as needed.

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Patient/Family Support (Home Care)

Volunteers provide emotional support to patients and their families. Volunteers can visit with patients in their homes or in community residences providing caregivers a short respite from daily living responsibilities and a comforting presence.

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Program Support (Teens Eligible)

Program support volunteers assist with office duties and special projects. Volunteers can help with mailings, filing, gardening, yard work, annual events and more.

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Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Coffee Shop (Teens Eligible)

Become a barista by volunteering at the Aspirus Coffee Shop located in the main lobby of Aspirus Wausau Hospital. Learn how to make all those tasty Starbucks coffee creations while at the same time enjoy meeting many of the staff, physicians, families and visitors who come to the hospital. Shifts are available between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. weekdays.

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Comfort Cart

Volunteers provide patients comfort items at bedside to enhance their hospital stay. A variety of products are provided - at no charge to patients (pens, playing cards, newspapers, magazines, Sudoko, etc.).

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EZ Rider

Give hospital visitors a lift on the EZ Rider transport cart. Easy to operate, no prior experience is necessary. The EZ rider operates weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Gift Shop (Teens Eligible)

The Aspirus Gift Shop offers volunteers a rewarding role in a relaxing and friendly environment. Volunteers do not need prior retail experience. Opportunities include cashiers and display volunteers.

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HANDS

This program is provided to children. Students are taught the importance and methods of proper hand washing by volunteers who are specially trained. Programs are taught in area 4K classrooms in January and February.

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Honoring Choices Assistant

Training will be provided for volunteers who want to talk to people interested in making informed healthcare decisions. Answer questions and help patients complete documentation and paperwork for advance care planning.

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Joint Camp

Volunteers assist staff with luncheons, group exercise and reunion meals for patients that have undergone a joint replacement at Aspirus.

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Knitting (Teens Eligible)

For more than three decades, the Aspirus Volunteers have been supplying newborns with knit caps and booties. Knitters handcraft hundreds of caps each year for babies born at the Aspirus Birthing Center. Volunteers also handcraft prayer shawls for patients and families at Aspirus. The prayer shawl ministry supports the belief in the power of healing through prayer along with the clinical aspects of health care. Patterns for baby items and prayer shawls can be obtained by contacting the volunteer office at 715-847-2848.

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Lifeline Installer

By appointment, volunteers install Lifeline units in the homes of elderly and disabled people throughout Marathon County. Units are easily installed and training is provided.

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Palliative Care Unit (Teens Eligible)

Assist staff on the Palliative Care Unit at Aspirus Wausau Hospital by visiting with patients when family cannot be present. Other duties include stocking shelves, sprucing up waiting areas, answering phones, making craft items for patient rooms, and other tasks as needed.

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Pastoral Care Representative

Referred to as PACARS, Catholic Eucharistic Ministers distribute the Eucharist to patients at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. Both men and women are invited to share an hour or more each month in this rewarding ministry.

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Patient Registration (Teens Eligible)

Volunteers at Patient Registration greet patients and family as they are admitted to the hospital. Volunteers at this desk sort and deliver mail, deliver flower arrangements and may be asked to escort patients and/or visitors to rooms or other departments.

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Pet Therapy (Teens Eligible)

Handlers and dogs visit patients at Aspirus Wausau Hospital and Hospice House. Handlers and dogs must have current certification.

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Rainbow's End (Teens Eligible)

Volunteers serve as counselors for special needs children attending this day camp in July. Volunteers are paired one-on-one with campers for the duration of the camp to help them achieve the ultimate camp experience. Volunteer applications for Rainbow's End will only be accepted from April 1 to June 1. See more event info.

Research and Development (R&D)

The R&D committee meets monthly as needed to review funding requests.

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Sewing (Teens Eligible)

Volunteers sew teddy bears and walker bags for patients here at Aspirus. Teddy bears are personalized with embroidered faces and little touches like ribbon and lace and are handed out to children who visit Aspirus Wausau Hospital. Patterns for both the teddy bears and walker bags can be obtained by contacting the volunteer office at 715-847-2848.

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Volunteer Board

The volunteer board meets monthly to discuss volunteer policies, job descriptions, fundraising events, scholarships and education ideas. Board positions include: President, Vice President, Membership, Secretary, Health Education, Public Policy Education, and Fundraising Events chairs. Board members must be active volunteers.

Waiting Rooms (Teens Eligible)

Volunteers staff desks in Day Surgery and Heart &Vascular waiting rooms. These volunteers keep family informed of patients’ status while answering general questions about Aspirus Wausau Hospital and the surrounding community.

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Apply online to become an Aspirus Volunteer at Aspirus Wausau Hospital or Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

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Orientation

New Aspirus Volunteers must complete a brief set of requirements before they can start making a difference for Aspirus patients, visitors and family members.

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For Current Volunteers

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  • Annual Requirements
    All Aspirus Volunteers must complete a brief set of requirements annually to remain a volunteer.

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  • Aspirus Pet Therapy

    Aspirus Pet Therapy

    With programs is Wausau, Antigo, Ironwood, and Keweenaw, Pet Therapy is one way Aspirus Volunteers are helping ease stress and anxiety for patients, visitors and staff.

  • Aspirus Volunteers

    Aspirus Volunteers

    At Aspirus, volunteers of all ages serve in various roles that are instrumental to the organization as well as the patients and visitors they encounter every day.