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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. Our volunteers are an integral part of our mission to restore hope and freedom to our patients.

Below are descriptions of the different volunteer opportunities we offer.

Questions? Contact us at volunteer@maryfreebed.com or 616.840.8667.

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Who Can Volunteer?

Mary Free Bed values diversity among the patients, families and communities it serves. We welcome anyone who is a good fit to our organization. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old for general opportunities and 18 years old for our College Student Program.

Requirements for our general volunteers vary a bit from those for our College Student Program. Please click the links below for more information.


General Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers can help throughout the hospital. Our general volunteer opportunities consist of helping in Guest Services, Orthotics & Prosthetics + Bionics, inpatient pediatrics and as a leisure activity volunteer. We also have less frequent opportunities as a clerical assistant and seamstress/tailor.

Click for details on various volunteer roles within Mary Free Bed.

Requirements for general volunteers:

    • Must be at least 16 years old
    • Must be able to commit to at least six months (or 100 hours of service)
    • Must volunteer at least three times per month
    • Willing to follow the hospital’s appearance standards and all policies and procedures
    • Provide proof of:
      • Immunizations (MMR, hepatitis B, varicella)
      • Flu shot (if volunteering between Oct. 1 and April 30)
      • TB test
      • TB assessment

College Student Volunteer Program

Mary Free Bed’s college student volunteer program is ideal for undergraduate students looking to gain insight into their chosen careers in a hospital setting. This program can accommodate undergraduate occupational therapy, physical therapy and recreational therapy. We also have limited opportunities in some niche areas, including pain rehabilitation, orthopedic rehabilitation, aquatic recreational therapy and nursing.

Student volunteers’ primary responsibilities are to assist with cleaning/organizing therapy gyms and helping to set up before and after therapy sessions. Students are expected to volunteer on the same day each week for a 13-15-week session. Volunteer shifts are three-four hours and the average student receives 40-50 hours per session.

Student volunteers also can receive an average of 10-15 observation-specific hours during his or her 40-50 hours of volunteering. However, this is not guaranteed.

Click for more details on the College Student Volunteer Program.

Interested in volunteer opportunities specific to Child Life Specialist or Orthotics & Prosthetics + Bionics? Click to review information on these opportunities.

Requirements for College Student Volunteers:

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be able to commit to at least one 15-week session
  • Must be able to commit to one shift per week (three-four hour shifts)
  • Three or more absences could result in dismissal from the College Student Volunteer Program
  • Willing to follow the hospital’s appearance standards and all policies and procedures
  • Provide proof of
    • Immunizations (MMR, hepatitis B, varicella)
    • Flu shot (if volunteering between Oct. 1 and April 30)
    • TB test
    • TB assessment

How to Sign Up to Volunteer

Begin the process by completing the form below. We will review your request and guide you through the process outlined below.

  • General Volunteer:
    • Meet-and-greet with Volunteer Services
    • Shadow in an area of interest
    • Create online account, provide proof of medical records and complete assessment. This must be completed before you can volunteer.
    • Orientation
    • Begin volunteering
  • College Student Volunteer Program
    • Your name will be added to our contact list for next or future sessions
    • Sign-up email will be sent to you to select volunteer shift for the upcoming session
    • Receive confirmation email for volunteer shift and orientation
    • Create online account, provide proof of medical records and complete assessment. This must be completed before you can volunteer.
    • Hospital and department orientation
    • Begin volunteering

Complete the form below to begin the process of becoming a volunteer