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Northern Montana Hospital (NMH)
Volunteer Services Department

Consider becoming a member of our awarding winning volunteer team at Northern Montana Health Care! Recognized by the Montana Health Care Association as the Volunteer Group of the Year in 2009, we continue to break ground on innovative ideas to complement the services offered throughout our organization. We are always ready to welcome new men & women of all ages to our Volunteer Services Team. The Volunteer’s mission is to assist the professional staff, residents, and families to lead healthier, happier lives; while providing a meaningful and rewarding experience for the Volunteer.

Volunteers are truly a vital part of our healthcare team!

Some Volunteer Opportunities within Northern Montana Health Care

Northern Stop N Shop and Cottonwood Gift Shops

Sales associate volunteers help staff our well stocked gift shops, helping people select a perfect gift that is certain to please and bring a smile to someone’s face! Our Volunteers wait on customers, cashier, stock and help display merchandise while providing great customer service and a unique shopping experience.

Information Desk

Acting as a greeter when people first arrive, these volunteers act as a hospitality host for visitors and business contacts as they enter our organization. They provide directions to various departments, assist visitors in locating patients, sort and mark mail for patients and residents within our facilities and announce the arrival of business contacts to the various departments. Their friendly warm smile and helpful attitude often helps patients and visitors relax in what can be a stressful situation. 

Coffee Cart

Each afternoon a beverage cart filled with a variety of fresh juice, coffee and tea travels the hallways of the patient care and resident wings, offering refreshments to patients, residents and their visitors. The volunteer brings news and a friendly face from the surrounding community.

Mail Delivery

Each weekday morning, a volunteer delivers the mail that arrives for our patients and residents. Sometimes the volunteer will assist Care Center residents in opening their letters and greeting cards and read them to them if necessary. A cheery greeting or short visit makes a big difference in the day of the people we care for.

Resource Room

Here’s the ideal place for those clerical types who like to keep things organized. Volunteers help in different areas of the facility with filing, alphabetizing, collating, making files, & bulk mailing.

Special Activities

Volunteers assist the activities department at the Care Center with activities to provide a quality life for the special people who make their home with us. Assistance with Bingo, current events, walking club, fishing trips, attendance at the county fair, church services and monthly birthday parties are just some of the opportunities available.

Hospice

Caring Volunteers receive specialized training to assist professionals in providing rest and emotional support to patients and their loved ones; allowing terminal patients to live their last days to the fullest, at home in familiar surroundings.

Other areas are also available.  It you have a special talent or interest, please visit with us. We may be able to tailor something especially for your talents and time availability. Call Elizabeth Lindbom at (406) 262-1330, she’ll be happy to visit with you.

VOLUNTEENS:

Student Volunteers (age 13 – 18) also participate in our Volunteer program. “Volunteens” generously provide many extra services that supplement the essential functions of our professional staff. Volunteens commit to a minimum of one (2 hour) shift weekdays after school.  They may work longer shifts during the summer months.

Volunteens provide the special gift of multi-generational interaction with the people we serve throughout our organization. They grow personally as they learn to accept responsibility, gain experience and self confidence, make new friends & gain satisfaction by helping others and making a difference. In addition they are exposed to and learn about career opportunities in the health care field.

Examples of various Volunteen work areas include:

Newspaper Delivery

Students distribute the daily newspaper to designated offices, patients and residents within our facilities.

Resident  Activities

Assist with “Movie Night,” for the residents, do manicures (smooth and paint fingernails), deliver mail and write letters for the residents, help with resident activities such as bingo & birthday parties.

Magazine Distribution

Volunteens sort and distribute magazines to waiting rooms, reception areas and lobbies throughout the organization.

Gift Shop

General duties such as dusting, putting out stock, pricing, waiting on customers and clerking.

Special Activities

Volunteens assist the activities department at the Care Center with activities to provide a quality life for the special people who make their home with us. Assistance with Bingo, current events, walking club, fishing trips, attendance at the county fair, church services and monthly birthday parties are just some of the opportunities available.

CONTACT

Elizabeth Lindbom
Director of Volunteer Services
(406) 262-1330

THIS IS US

What Does a Volunteer Look Like? Currently our youngest volunteer is 7 years-old. Our oldest? Well, she’s not telling us. But ask any of our volunteers and they’ll tell you that volunteering their time and talents to our organization adds years to their lives. Because at the end of the day, a volunteer has given of themselves for the benefit of others. And that’s priceless.

Introduction to Volunteering

In 2023, our Volunteer Services Coordinator was looking for a way to grow her volunteer base. We start kids at the age of 13 for our “Volunteen” program and we use adults of all ages in our many vol-unteer jobs. But Volunteerism in general has been losing its momentum for today’s busy people. So she thought, “Let’s start earli-er!” and an “Introduction to Volunteering” class was born. Taught on Fridays, due to the 4-day school week in our area, Elizabeth invited children of current NMHC employees to partake in a class that teaches volunteerism in its truest form; kindness.
This class has 8 kids currently enrolled, aged 8-12 years old. Their day consists of a lesson in volunteering and the principles behind it. Then a fun craft project is used to reinforce the lesson. The effects of this class on the comfort level of the kids has been tremendous. While anxious and nervous around the residents in the beginning, the kids now view the residents as their friends; people they know and truly care about. The programs on Volunteerism that are presented help teach the kids how to be selfless and considerate of others. Watching them quarrel over who gets to push their “favorite residents” back to their rooms after the class is priceless.
But the real benefactors of this class are the residents themselves. In the beginning 2-3 folks would agree to come down and participate in the class. But their lifted spirits and chatter about the kids made their fellow residents want to participate as well. The class now usually has 8-10 residents participating regularly. The residents look forward to class day every week. The lessons of the class, the friendship of the kids, and the knowledge that they’re also making a difference in someone’s life have been invaluable to them.

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