"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in others."
Mercy Auxiliary Volunteer Organization (MAVO)
Welcome to MAVO! In existence for more than 50 years, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital's corps of dedicated volunteers has been providing patient and guest support, fundraising activities and an opportunity to offer community service to those interested in giving of themselves through volunteerism.
The reasons why people volunteer at St. Joseph Mercy are as varied as the individuals themselves. For many, volunteering offers an opportunity to:
- Give something back to the community
- Increase the sense of purpose and fulfillment in their lives
- Meet new friends and experience the joys of belonging to a special group of caring people
- Learn new skills while meeting new challenges
- Have fun
Placement & Scheduling
You need no special skills, education or experience to join MAVO. All we ask is that you have a positive attitude and a willingness to work. We will match your interests and abilities with an opportunity that is just right for you.
Volunteer positions are available for all ages. If you are willing to make a commitment, you may begin volunteering at 14 years of age through the Junior Auxiliary.
There is a cost to becoming a MAVO volunteer. We ask volunteers to offer a $5 donation that pays for membership and contributes to the cost of volunteer smocks, name badges and the volunteer newsletter.
Through MAVO, we offer flexible scheduling. Many of our volunteers travel or have school commitments that change frequently. We can easily tailor your volunteer service to match your personal needs.
Both short-term (no less than six months) and long-term assignments are open, with flexible hours to fit your busy schedule.
All volunteers receive specialized and professional training.
As a volunteer, you'll enjoy creating new friendships and will feel good knowing you are making a difference in people's lives.
Whether you're interested in direct patient interactions or volunteering behind the scenes, there's a place for you at St. Joseph Mercy.
St. Joseph Mercy offers volunteer opportunities in the following areas:
In addition to sharing your skills with an outstanding and dedicated group of volunteers, as a member of MAVO you'll also receive:
- A free meal ticket in St. Joseph Mercy's Baggot Street Café for each four-hour shift
- Free annual TB test and flu shot
- Invitation to St. Joseph Mercy's annual employee/volunteer picnic and Christmas dinner
- Free VIP card, which entitles MAVO members to receive discounts at area merchants
- For every 80 hours of service, volunteers are eligible to receive a $20 gift card that can be redeemed at Meijer
- Invitation to St. Joseph Mercy's Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner, held in April
Following is a quote published in a recent edition of the Times Herald [July, 2006], from a St. Joseph Mercy Volunteer:
"I was happy to help at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital as a volunteer. From the love and care that was given from admitting to discharge, I saw everything and was able to talk with the Sisters at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. I respect them and the other ladies who gave me, as a volunteer, strength and hope for our patients. It was a great feeling."
To volunteer to become a member of the Mercy Auxiliary Volunteer Organization (MAVO), click here for a copy of the MAVO application form.
For student volunteers interested in becoming active in this important organization, click here for a copy Application for Student Volunteers.
St. Joseph Mercy's Department of Volunteer Services supports the mission of St. Joseph Mercy through dignified, respectful interactions with all patients, guests, employees and volunteers. All activities within the department shall demonstrate excellence and high quality.
MAVO Scholarship Program
One of the ways MAVO supports the mission of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital is by providing scholarship monies to students seeking advanced education in healthcare occupations. Click here for more information and for a copy of the MAVO scholarship application.
For more information about volunteer opportunities and MAVO, please see St. Joseph Mercy Volunteer Recruitment Brochure or call St. Joseph Mercy's Volunteer Coordinator at 810-985-1674.