You can make a difference in the lives of patients and community members we serve every day in Helena, Montana through the rewarding and enjoyable St. Peter’s Health Volunteer Services program.

It’s the smile you share greeting visitors and escorting them to their destination. It’s the kind words or listening ear you provide to patients in the Cancer Treatment Center or for those without family nearby. It’s the camaraderie you share with St. Peter’s Health staff assisting them with the behind-the-scenes work they do.

Our volunteers are a vital, dynamic group that devotes individual skills and care, in order to support the purpose and services of St. Peter’s Health.

How to become a St. Peter’s Volunteer

We appreciate your interest and willingness to share your time and talents with St. Peter’s Health and the community we serve.

St. Peter’s Health volunteers are asked to commit to at least one-year of service, at 4-hours per week, in the department you will serve. The steps to become a volunteer are as follows:

  1. Complete and submit an application form, available below.
  2. Meet with the Human Resources & Volunteer Coordinator or other staff to discuss placement, if needed.
  3. Pass the St. Peter’s Health background check.
  4. Meet specific health requirements which include proof of immunity and completion of Tuberculosis (TB) screening process.
  5. Complete mandatory New Employee Orientation (NEO).
  6. Obtain an ID badge, lanyard and vest.
  7. Attend specific department orientation and training as required.

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The St. Peter’s Volunteer Application below can be filled out two ways. If you have Adobe Reader, you may type in the information, print and sign the form. Or you may print the forms and complete by hand. An online background check will be sent to you once your application is reviewed. You may return the completed application one of four ways:

  1. Contact:
    Cecily Townsend, Volunteer Program Supervisor

    Susan Buhr, Volunteer Coordinator

  2. Mail:
    Volunteer Program 
    St. Peter’s Health
    2475 Broadway
    Helena, MT 59601
  3. Email: or
  4. Main Entrance Drop Off: Drop the application off at the Main Entrance Desk at St. Peter’s Health, 2475 Broadway.

Volunteer Application

Volunteer benefits

The purpose of St. Peter’s Volunteer Services is to provide and maintain supplementary assistance to the patients and staff of St. Peter’s Health. St. Peter’s Health is committed to retaining volunteers who demonstrate competency in their positions and who provide excellent customer service. Benefits include:

  • Each volunteer receives a thorough orientation to St. Peter’s Health and their specific position.
  • St. Peter’s Health seeks volunteer input on an ongoing basis through departmental communication and weekly newsletter.
  • Recognition programs include Christmas Party, Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and pins commemorating years of service.
  • Each volunteer receives a free lunch in St. Peter’s Health cafeteria for each four-hour shift worked.
  • Each volunteer may sign-up for a free annual wellness screening.
  • Each volunteer receives a free annual flu shot.
  • Each volunteer may enjoy free coffee and tea in the cafeteria.
  • The HR & Volunteer Coordinator maintains open, two-way communication with volunteers in order to obtain input and share information about St. Peter’s operations.
  • Social interaction and the opportunity to make new friends.
  • Gain a sense of personal pride and satisfaction by helping people in the community and making a difference.

Come join our dedicated team! For more information or questions contact Cecily Townsend, Volunteer Program Supervisor at 406-447-2910 or, or Volunteer Coordinator Susan Buhr at 406-447-2520 or

Volunteer impact

St. Peter’s Health volunteers are an essential part of the St. Peter’s Health care team. St. Peter’s Health has had volunteers in place for almost 70 years. In 2016, the St. Peter’s Health Volunteer Department was presented a Serve Montana Award in recognition of its Outstanding Service. The award was given by the Governor’s Office of Community Service and the Montana Commission on Community Service.

In 2018, over 120 volunteers donated over 11,300 hours to assist in providing exceptional and compassionate health care to our patients and the community. They contributed in the areas of the gift shop, the Cancer Treatment Center, the No One Dies Alone (NODA) and Hospice programs, environmental services, graphics and more.

St. Peter’s Health volunteers include retirees in the fields nursing, construction, tourism, state government, retail and beyond. Our volunteers also include college students seeking any experience in a medical setting and individuals who want to make a difference and have the time to do so.