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Volunteers

Together, we can make a difference in the lives of our neighbors and loved ones.

As a non-profit hospital of Community Healthcare System, we rely on the generous support of individuals, foundations, corporations and others to help our extraordinary doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals provide you with extraordinary care every day.

Your support through giving or volunteering is important to us.

We are grateful to the community and all who give back to our hospital and programs through direct donations, event participation, fund-raising or volunteering.

Ways to Give

We know each person's circumstance and interest in giving is unique: Gifts may be made in honor of a special occasion or individual. Your contribution may be directed to a specific purpose, or designated as unrestricted. Donations to St. Catherine Hospital are tax-deductible.

Download a Donation Form

If you would like to talk about planned giving or a variety of other donation options at St. Catherine Hospital, call: 219-836-0130.

St. Catherine Hospital Auxiliary

St. Catherine Hospital Auxiliary received its charter in 1958 to help the hospital achieve its goal to provide quality care to its patients and the community.

The Auxiliary operates the Gift Shop and provides essential volunteer services to St. Catherine Hospital. Its members assist with hospital fundraising and provide scholarships to students pursuing careers in healthcare. Over the years, the Auxiliary has raised nearly $3 million through their philanthropic work.

All proceeds from fundraising efforts benefit St. Catherine Hospital patient care services, healthcare scholars and the community. For information or to become a member, call: 219-392-7031.

Volunteer to Make a Difference

There are many ways you can play a part in quality patient care. Men and women of all ages and walks of life, and teens who are 16-years and older, can volunteer to be part of the St. Catherine Hospital family.

We do our best to match your unique interests and talents with unique opportunities in many hospital settings, so you will have a rewarding volunteer experience.

Download a Volunteer Application
Download a Student Volunteer Application

Volunteer Opportunities

Areas of volunteer service at St. Catherine Hospital include:

  • Administration
  • Arts and crafts 
  • Community outreach
  • Visitor and patient escorts
  • Eucharistic ministry
  • Flower delivery
  • Fundraising
  • Gift Shop  
  • Human Resources
  • Information desk
  • Sewing room

Application Process & Benefits

The application process for adult volunteers will include a completed application, two reference forms, an interview and orientation. St. Catherine Hospital will conduct a criminal background check. You will be asked to have a Tuberculosis screening test (at no cost)  and take a yearly flu shot. Skills training is offered. Volunteers must attend one-on-one orientation, an annual review and OSHA in-service.

To learn more, contact Volunteer Services: 219-392-7031.

As a token of appreciation, we extend these benefits to volunteers:

  • Uniform at time of original commitment
  • Free meal up to $5 on days with four hours of service
  • Appreciation events
  • Hospital wellness programs
  • Discounted membership to Community Hospital Fitness Pointe 
  • Discount on hearing aid purchases made through Audiology Services.
  • Discounts at Theatre at the Center, Munster, by showing volunteer ID badge
  • Service pins at an annual Awards Luncheon for each 100 hours volunteered until 1,000 hours are reached and for each 1,000 hours, thereafter.

Scholarship Awards

St. Catherine Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Program is funded through Gift Shop sales, fundraising events and St. Catherine Hospital Wings of Healing Program. Donations to the SCH Auxiliary Scholarship Program are also welcomed. The Board of Directors also launched the Jo Ann Birdzell Scholarship Fund in 2016 for employees of St. Catherine Hospital to fulfill the hospital's mission to care for the poor and underserved in recent years. Birdzell retired as CEO in February 2017. If you would like to make a contribution, call: 219-392-7600.

For information on the Scholarship Program, call: 219-392-7031.

Download the Scholarship Guidelines
Download the Scholarship Application 

Wings of Healing

CEO Leo Correra announces the names of those who are being remembered and honored during the 2017 Wings of Healing angel illumination ceremony at St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago.

St. Catherine Hospital's annual Wings of Healing angel illumination ceremony is held in December to honor or remember loved ones.

The program features holiday music, a guest speaker and an “Angels of Hope” tree lighting celebration.

For every angel hung on the tree, a $10 donation is made to the St. Catherine Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Program. For a $25 donation, a Wings of Healing angel ornament is mailed to the honoree with an invitation to the ceremony and a note about the donation.

Angels of Hope ornaments are a beacon for our future, as well: More than $100,000 in scholarships have been awarded to help “Angels in Training” pursue educational opportunities for careers in healthcare.

Download a Donation Form

To learn more about Wings of Healing and Angels of Hope program, call: 219-392-7009.