Volunteer Services

LCHC Volunteer Services is designed to match volunteers with opportunities for the mutual benefit of all involved. Director, Linda Baynes, has recruited hundreds of volunteers who donate thousands of hours of their time to the community. With more than 270 volunteers on its roster, LCHC Volunteer Services places people, aged 14-92 years old, in a wide variety of meaningful positions.

Volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Office work
  • Recreational activities
  • Schools
  • Nursing homes
  • Lucas County Health Center
  • Museums
  • Literacy
  • Companion Outreach
  • Transportation
  • Gift Shop
  • Library
  • Group projects
  • … and many more!

Become a Volunteer

By becoming a volunteer with LCHC Volunteer Services, you will find fulfillment and a sense of purpose. To sign up, contact Linda Baynes at the Volunteer Services office. From there, an interview will be conducted to determine where you interests may lie in volunteering. All volunteers must go through Volunteer Orientation. Silver Cord hours are awarded to high school students participating in the program.

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteer for Lucas County Health Center, please download a volunteer application below.


Volunteer Fundraisers

Fundraising is an important part of Volunteer Services. By holding sales and fundraising events, LCHC Volunteer Services is able to provide low cost or free services to our community.


Volunteer Services Scholarship Program

LCHC Volunteer Services is delighted that you have chosen to continue your education in the health care field and we’re equally delighted that you have chosen to apply for the LCHC scholarship to help pay for that education.

This scholarship is only available to scholars who have lived in Lucas County for at least one year and to those who have chosen to pursue a career in health care. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded, of which one will be awarded to a current graduating senior and one to continuing education. A written contract will be signed by those award the scholarships.

Application Forms


LifeLine Support Services

Anyone who is concerned about someone who is frail or elderly will be interested in learning more about Lifeline®, a personal emergency response program designed to help adults maintain their independent living. For a monthly fee, with no contract required, a Lifeline® unit will be installed in a person’s home to offer increased peace of mind.

With the push of a button, Lifeline® subscribers are connected with trained specialists who will speak with them through the Lifeline® unit. The operator will determine if a family member or neighbor should be notified or if an ambulance should be dispatched.

For more information about Lifeline®, email us or call (641) 774-3226 or (800) 404-3111 ext. 3226.

Lifeline® is not a substitute for emergency 911. Lifeline® installation requires a land-line telephone.


Senior Health Insurance Information Program

Through the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), LCHC Volunteer Services offers local residents help in understanding the Medicare system and other insurance programs. A trained volunteer is available, by appointment only, to discuss specific insurance issues with individuals.

Are you a Medicare beneficiary confused by the current prescription plan choices? The SHIIP program can help with this aspect of medicare, as well. One of our volunteer will sit with you, in a private appointment, to review all options so that you can make the right choice for your prescription drug plan needs.


Transportation Program

The most unique service provided by LCHC’s Volunteer Services is transportation. Volunteers will drive individuals to and from the hospital or medical clinics in Chariton, and will even transport individuals to Des Moines, Iowa City, and Ottumwa for medical services.

The overall transportation service logged 400 hours in 2013, something that no other hospital provides on a volunteer basis. If the transportation is in town, it’s at no charge to the rider. If it’s to Des Moines or another city or town, the rider is asked to pay for the gas to get there and back.

Many of the fundraisers that Volunteer Services has throughout the year helps cover the cost of insurance to cover the drivers and volunteers.


Volunteer Opportunities