Essentia Health seeks to rebuild volunteer pool in wake of pandemic

Volunteer opportunities at Essentia Health range from spending time in medical units and clinic settings to helping patients navigate our facilities, stocking, working in the cafeteria and many more areas.

A group of Brainerd lakes area volunteers gathers at an Essentia Health facility's gift shop.
A group of Brainerd lakes area volunteers gathers inside an Essentia Health facility's gift shop.
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BRAINERD — Essentia Health is seeking volunteers for several facilities in multiple areas.

Volunteer opportunities range from spending time in medical units and clinic settings to helping patients navigate facilities, stocking, working in the cafeteria and many more areas.

To ensure the safety and well-being of patients and staff, volunteers must:

  • Commit to a regular weekly two-hour shift.
  • Submit to a background check.
  • Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Be vaccinated against the seasonal flu between November and April.
  • Be willing to wear a mask and any other personal protection equipment during their shift.

“Volunteers make a big difference in our patients’ lives,” said Deb Anderson, volunteer supervisor at Essentia Health, in a news release. “It’s a safe and meaningful experience to brighten the day of our patients and enrich their lives.”
While a person doesn't have to be in school to volunteer, many of the available positions can help students build their resumes and help medical students determine an area of focus, Essentia officials said. Volunteering is also a requirement for some graduate-level programs.

Essentia has immediate openings at locations in the Twin Ports, northwest Wisconsin, northwest Minnesota, the Iron Range, Brainerd and Fargo.


“COVID-19 really put a dent in our volunteer pool, and we are actively trying to rebuild it,” said Erica Busta, Essentia’s volunteer program manager, in the news release. “There are ample opportunities across our system to get involved and give back to your community by way of volunteering.”

A full list of locations, opportunities and more information about volunteer opportunities can be found at .

Those interested should visit to complete an application online.

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