Our Volunteers

Astera Health’s goals are best accomplished through the active participation of volunteers that live and work in the communities we serve.

Your Work Makes a Difference

Volunteers are a critical part of Astera Health. Volunteers with cheerful tact, poise, a cooperative attitude, and a conscientious approach will long be remembered by patients, staff, and other volunteers.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Astera, please contact the volunteer coordinator, Susan Marco. You may also use the link below to complete an online volunteer application.

Susan Marco
Astera Health Volunteers
415 Jefferson Street North
Wadena, MN 56482

Volunteer Application

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Susan Marco: 218-631-7593

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

Nursing Services

Volunteers in the nursing service area provide an important service to the organization. Some of the nursing service volunteer responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with setting up and distributing patient meals
  • Delivering plants and flowers
  • Delivering snacks to patients
  • Providing fresh drinking water and other beverages
  • Visiting Swing Bed patients

Information Desk

Volunteers are vital to the success of our information desk. Volunteers assist patients and visitors with questions and give them directions as needed.

Cardiac Stress Testing

Volunteers are available to assist patients at the monthly Pacemaker Clinic. They also escort patients to and from their Cardiac Rehabilitation appointments.


Each of the newborn babies at Astera Health receives a knitted hat as a welcome gift to the world. Prayer shawls are also given to our end-of-life patients as a gift of comfort. Volunteers are essential in ensuring an adequate supply of caps and shawls. The volunteers use yarn and patterns they pick up from AH. When the projects are finished, volunteers are asked to return the finished products to the AH welcome desk.

Same-Day Surgical Waiting Room

The Same Day Surgical Waiting Room volunteers help families be comfortable while they wait for their loved one in surgery. The volunteers facilitate communication between the surgeon and family and relay information to waiting family and friends.

Some of the volunteer’s duties and responsibilities include:

  • Delivering snacks to family/friends of surgical patients
  • Pick up coffee from dietary for waiting room
  • Mailing outpatient surveys
  • Collecting, sorting, and delivering mail
  • Labeling and distributing magazines


Diagnostic Imaging

The volunteers in the Diagnostic Imaging department provide comfort and care to patients receiving Diagnostic Imaging services.

Some of the duties and responsibilities include:

  • Sitting with the patient while testing
  • Transporting clinic patients to and from the Diagnostic Imaging department
  • Watching small children for patients who are having exams


VolunTEEN is a special teenager who volunteers at Astera, giving patients, visitors, and staff a helping hand. The VolunTEEN’s cheerful tact, poise, cooperative attitude, and conscientious approach to their task will be long remembered by the patients, staff, and other volunteers.

Some of the duties and responsibilities of the VolunTEEN include:

  • Delivering flowers and watering plants/flowers in patient rooms when necessary
  • Providing fresh water and beverages to patients and visitors
  • Running errands
  • Spending special time with pediatric patients
  • Talking, reading, or visiting with patients
  • Visiting Swing Bed patients