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Volunteer - McLaren Northern Michigan

Volunteer at McLaren Northern Michigan

On any given day, visitors to McLaren Northern Michigan will see many volunteers performing functions in all over northern Michigan. Nearly 500 volunteers from all walks of life donate their time to fundraise, network, and sing the praises of the quality care and services provided by McLaren Northern Michigan, its colleagues, and its providers. With more than 24,000 hours logged in 2015, their talents and compassionate caring is indeed remarkable.

The volunteer program at McLaren Northern Michigan provides a rewarding experience for students and community members 18 years of age or older. Volunteers support many departments and projects including the Hospital, Foundation, Home Care, Hospice, Boulder Park Terrace, and Cheboygan Campus.


In order to attract and retain the best volunteers for McLaren Northern Michigan, we try to match talents and skills to areas of need. (Volunteer opportunities encompass every aspect of a hospitalization or a visit to the Hospital to see a friend or have a diagnostic procedure.) Volunteers may greet you at the door, assist you to your room, prepare you for the surgical team, deliver patient mail while you are hospitalized, sell flowers or gifts in the Gift Shop, and escort you to the door upon discharge.

Benefits of Volunteering
  • Giving back to your community
  • Developing a social network of like-minded community members
  • Complimentary valet parking and jacket or vest when volunteering
  • Complimentary influenza vaccination and tuberculosis (TB) testing
  • Complimentary meal ticket in the Hospital cafeteria on days when you serve four or more hours
  • Discount at the McLaren Northern Michigan Gift Shop
  • Complimentary summer and winter holiday appreciation meal

How To Become A Volunteer

If you have decided to give your time to McLaren Northern Michigan, your next step is to complete an application (see link below).

Once your application is received, we will review current volunteer openings and determine if any align with your interests and availabilities. We will contact you if there is a match. If a match is not identified, we will keep your application on file for six months.

If a match is identified, you will be contacted for an interview. We will check the references listed on your application and conduct a background check. If you are selected to be a volunteer at McLaren Northern Michigan, you will need to:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Be in good physical and mental health without restrictions or communicable health conditions.
  • Have documentation of a negative TB skin test completed within the previous 12 months or we will provide testing.
  • Have a copy of immunizations for measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox). If you have no records, titers results are required.
  • Have documentation of Hepatitis B vaccination status (for those working in clinical areas that could be exposed to blood or body secretions) or record of declination.
  • Have documentation of receipt of the current annual seasonal Flu Vaccine (excluding summer months May-September).

Once you have been cleared through this initial process, the next steps will be to obtain an identification badge and any special apparel or uniform required for you position. We will make sure you are oriented to our organization and receive appropriate training for your assignment.

Please complete the Volunteer Application including the confidentiality, authorization, and release portions and email them to tjanes@northernhealth.org or fax them to (231) 487-7881 to the attention of Volunteer Services.

Thank you for your interest in McLaren Northern Michigan. We look forward to working with you! If you need more information about volunteering at McLaren Northern Michigan, please contact Tanya Janes via email at tjanes@northernhealth.org or call (231) 487-4183