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Volunteers play an integral role at Mercyhealth and have a long history of providing comfort and care to our patients in their times of need. Our volunteers are dedicated to helping others, demonstrating their passion for doing so by ensuring that each patient and guest has the best experience possible.

Where can I volunteer?

McHenry County

Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center–Harvard

  • Meals on Wheels
  • Needlework, such as knitting and crocheting prayer shawls and newborn baby hats
  • Harvard Care Center support – assist with programs and activities

Rock County

Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center–Janesville

Walworth County

Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center–Walworth

Winnebago County

Javon Bea Hospital–Riverside

  • Gift Shop
  • Transport patients upon admission or discharge
  • Loving Tails canine-assisted therapy program
  • Welcome and escort patients and visitors at the Ambassador registration desk
  • Welcome and assist visitors at various reception desks
  • Assist with non-clinical tasks in outpatient surgery

Javon Bea Hospital–Rockton

  • Gift Shop
  • Auxiliary Thrift Shop–Rockford
  • Hospice support
  • Loving Tails canine-assisted therapy program
  • Transport patients upon admission or discharge
  • Cancer Center support
  • Assist with non-clinical tasks in a variety of outpatient departments
  • Sewing, knitting and crocheting pediatric surgical caps, baby hats and blankets

Fundraising that makes a difference

Over the years, our volunteers have raised millions of dollars to support patients, employees and communities. These funds have contributed to special projects, including the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, Healing Harp music program, scholarships to students entering a health care field, hospital renovations and equipment purchases, House of Mercy Homeless Center, and much more.

Board members

Mercyhealth Association of Volunteers 2022

Serving Rock County and Walworth County, Wisconsin and McHenry County, Illinois

  • President, Sue Kumlien
  • Secretary, Linda Bigelow
  • Treasurer, William Anacker
  • Pres. Elect, Vacant
  • Past Pres./Events, Judy Jaggard
  • Escort Chair, Arlene Knudson
  • Fundraising Chair, Joann Woodman Hodge
  • Gift Shop Chair, Diana Pearse
  • Health Ed/Scholarships Chair, Sue Kumlien
  • Hospice Chair, Vacant
  • Hospitality House Chair, Jean Lademann
  • Hours/Awards Chair, Vacant
  • House of Mercy Chair, Nancy Verhoeven
  • Legislation/Public Policy Chair, Coral Nyquist
  • Meals On Wheels Chair, Vacant
  • Membership Chair, Sue Borman
  • Newsletter Chair, Judy Jaggard
  • Oncology Chair, Sharon Henning
  • Re•Tag•It Chair, Sherry Dux
  • Safe Connect Chair, Becky Esselman
  • Walworth Reps., Arlene Jorgensen and Linda Vavra

Mercyhealth Volunteer Association 2022

Serving Winnebago County, Illinois

Executive board

  • President, Deborah Fortune
  • Vice Present, Catherine Angerer
  • Treasurer and Past President, Lisa Rudy
  • Secretary, Jan Doss
  • Volunteer Services Manager, Rosalie England

Committee chairs

  • Canine-Assist Therapy Program Chair, Greta Alfano
  • Scholarship Co-Chair, Wanda Kloster
  • Events and Projects Co-Chair, Becky Berggren
  • Events and Projects Co-Chair, Cathy Stewart
  • Gift Shop Chair, Holiday Market Co-Chair, Amy Steward
  • Holiday Market Co-Chair, Lisa Rudy
  • Nominating Chair, Julianne Toboldt
  • Patient Appreciation Program Chair, Pamela Surmo
  • Remembrance Chair, Karen Sikorski
  • Thrift Shop Chair, Scholarship Co-Chair, Paula Black


Mercyhealth Association of Volunteers
Serving Rock County and Walworth County, Wisconsin and McHenry County, Illinois

Join our volunteer team today!

Complete the adult or student volunteer application.