Volunteer Opportunities

Indiana University Health La Porte and Starke hospital volunteers are one of our most valued resources. Volunteers bring our patients and their families comfort and aid throughout their hospital stay and healing process. We currently have volunteers across the organization who give their time, talents and skill to our hospitals, patients and families.

Opportunities are available for students and adults. Many volunteers work in guest relations, gift shops, emergency rooms, waiting rooms and in clerical roles. We strive to find a volunteer opportunity that fits your interests and schedule and help you get the most out of your time with us by creating a positive, welcoming environment.

Please return this Volunteer Application along with TWO reference forms via email to lspain@iuhealth.org; in-person to the IU Health La Porte Hospital Guest Relations Desk; via fax to 219.326.2451; or via mail to:

IU Health La Porte Hospital
Attn: Volunteer Services
PO Box 250
La Porte, IN  46352

Volunteer Benefits

Volunteering at an IU Health facility provides fulfillment and a deeper connection to your community. At IU Health La Porte Hospital, you may receive the following benefits, in addition to a sense of fulfillment and a chance to make a difference in a patient’s life:

  • Free drink from Café 1007 during each shift
  • Free annual flu shot
  • Annual milestone (hours) awards luncheon
  • A 10% discount on all purchases at the hospital’s Wishing Well Gift Shop
  • Experience in a healthcare setting
  • Annual Holiday Party invitation
  • Monthly discount at our 5 Wellness facilities
  • $5 Annual Membership to HealthPorte, IU Health La Porte Hospital’s senior wellness group that focuses on health and living an active
  • $5 Annual Membership to the La Porte Hospital Auxiliary
  • A comprehensive list of additional benefits is given at orientation

Volunteer Stories

Our volunteers use their time at the hospital to spread cheer, give back and feel a greater connection to their community. Many of them are former patients or family members of former patients who remember a volunteer that made a difference in their stay.

Mary found her place at Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital.

“I was taught that it is important to pay our civic rent for all the benefits we receive living in a town such as La Porte and I think it equally important to pay that rent to our excellent hospital.  The plus side of paying this rent is that we receive back so much more than we give.”

“My husband was in and out of the hospital prior to his death and we both thought he received exceptional care each time so I volunteer as a small thank you but also for more selfish reasons. I  know I need to be busy to combat loneliness and I can't think of a better way than to work with the patients and the hospital staff, all of whom have made me feel needed, appreciated and loved.”

“I am so grateful to be the recipient of these benefits that I need and that probably we all need and do receive as volunteers. Thank you to all who have made this possible for me.”