President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an executive order in 1974, as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Every sitting U.S. president since Nixon has issued a proclamation during National Volunteer Week (as have many U.S. mayors and governors).

Since then, the original emphasis on celebration has widened; the week has become a nationwide effort to urge people to get out and volunteer in their communities.

Every April, hospitals, communities, and charities recognize and foster a culture of service.

Please join the Knoxville Hospital & Clinics in celebrating and recognizing our many dedicated volunteers who play an integral role in advancing patient engagement, providing exceptional care, and supporting our community hospital.

At Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, volunteers are needed, valued, and appreciated. We are indebted to these unique and exceptional people who unselfishly help our patients, families, and staff.

There are many projects that inspire our volunteers to serve, from:

  • Making blankets or gift bags for patients.
  • Greeting and escorting patients.
  • Supporting families in the surgery waiting room.
  • Offering hospitality at the gift shop.
  • Providing comfort and friendship to hospital patients.
  • Reading to patients.
  • Participating in the therapy dog program.
  • Serving as a SHIPP volunteer.
  • Assembling patient information folders and providing other clerical work.
  • Raising money to benefit the hospital.
  • Sitting and visiting with hospice patients.
  • Providing entertainment during the holidays.
  • Offering breaks to tired parents and family members.

Based on the needs in the hospital, prospective volunteers are matched to assignments that align with their interests, talents, and availability. All volunteers participate in an orientation, and additional training is provided by the department in which they will work.

Volunteers receive a mandatory yearly flu shot, must be 16 years of age, or older, and may be subject to a healthcare worker background check.

For more information about becoming a volunteer or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call Megan Sutter at (641) 842-1402 or email msutter@knoxvillehospital.org.

If you’re ready to get started, simply complete the quick and easy volunteer application.