Tradition of Caring
AdventHealth Ottawa has a long history of delivering compassionate care for everyone in our community. Our volunteers proudly share their warmth, professional courtesy and efficiency to help us fulfill our mission every day.
Volunteering is both a challenging and personally fulfilling experience — one that everyone can enjoy. Join our tradition of care by contributing your time and talent as an AdventHealth Ottawa volunteer today.
We are stronger together — it’s true in life and with our volunteer program at AdventHealth Ottawa, too. Our Auxiliary is one of the most active and well-organized hospital Auxiliaries in the state of Kansas. They have dedicated themselves to serving our community, staff and providers and helping others on their journey to whole health.
Join us as a student, adult, business or associate member and let’s embark on one of many volunteer opportunities together.
Discover how our volunteers support our mission.
- Adult Volunteers
Our adult volunteer program is for men and women ages 19 and older. Weekday, evening and weekend opportunities are available, depending on your areas of interest.
- Student Volunteers
Our student volunteer program is available for students ages 14 through 18.
Our summer student volunteer program runs June through August. Applications for the summer program are due by May 1st.
- Associate and Business Memberships
We understand that life gets busy and you’re not always able to commit your time to support causes you hold dear to your heart. We offer associate and business volunteer membership if you’re unable to be a volunteer at the hospital, but still want to be part of our organization.
Hospital volunteers serve our patients and employees, but their greatest impact is on our organization and its mission of healing.
To express appreciation and gratitude for volunteering your time and passion, AdventHealth Ottawa is proud to offer:
- A monthly newsletter
- Free flu shots
- $3 meal allowance per shift in the hospital Bistro or Gift Shop
- $5/month Gollier Fitness membership
- Invitation to annual spring recognition event and gifts of appreciation
- Invitations to employee social events
On Your Volunteer Journey
- Advice for Success
We want you to succeed with us and feel whole and fulfilled by your experiences. Some questions to ask yourself and think about before starting your volunteer journey include:
What do you want to get out of volunteering?
Are you volunteering to make a contribution, advance your career, meet new friends, gain recognition or simply because you love helping others? Be open and honest about your desire for meaningful and satisfying volunteer work.
How much time can you commit to volunteer work?
How does that time commitment fit your schedule and lifestyle?
What skills can you share or sharpen as a volunteer?
Think about your skills, interests and life experiences. How could they be useful in a volunteer opportunity?
Can you be honest and open?
Be willing to give and take honest feedback in your volunteer job, and, when necessary, to be an advocate for change.
Are you ready to respect the policies of our hospital?
The journey to whole health can be personal, challenging and deeply rewarding. Always respect confidentiality related to your volunteer placement in all settings.
Are you ready to have fun and meet new people?
Most important of all, bring your heart and your sense of humor to your volunteer service, along with your enthusiastic spirit.
- Common Questions
Even the most seasoned volunteers have questions. Frequently asked questions we receive include:
What should I do if I can’t work my scheduled shift?
Try to give the Volunteer Department as much notice as possible. If you are required to find your own substitute, contact someone on the list that we provide. Let us know you will not be coming to your shift and who your substitute will be. This helps us keep track of who is responsible for the duties of the position for that day and time.
What if I need to change my shift time, day or location?
If you need to change your shift time, day or location, please contact the Volunteer Department at Call785-229-8231. We are happy to discuss options with you.
What do I do if I am having problems with my supervisor or my coworker?
If you are having problems with anyone in the hospital, please alert the Volunteer Department staff immediately. If you feel threatened or unsafe, contact security.
- Dealing With Burnout
Burnout can happen to anyone, but it’s more common in high-stress, high-energy settings like hospitals. Burnout doesn’t happen overnight, and you can’t always pinpoint the cause, but you can prevent it.
To help prevent burnout, you can:
- Exercise to reduce stress
- Mentally remove yourself from your job
- Pay attention to your body
- Reduce long work hours
- Set realistic goals
- Start your day slowly
- Take a break from your routine
- Use relaxation skills
If you feel yourself burning out, please talk to us. Your health and well-being are more important than your tasks at hand.