• Volunteering at UP Health System - Portage

    A tradition since 1992, UP Health System - Portage has been providing service opportunities in healthcare to people interested in contributing to our caring and patient-focused environment. Whether you are a teenager, college student or an adult member of the community, we have flexible programs that will serve to instruct, inspire, enrich and enliven.

    Each year volunteers contribute more than 115,000 hours of service involving a variety of skills, challenges and levels of participation.


    At UP Health System - Portage, we appreciate the time you spend lending a helping hand. Whether you are answering the telephone, delivering flowers or providing hospice care, reaching out to someone in need is, indeed, its own reward. But to further express our gratitude for everything you do, we provide our volunteers with these additional benefits:

    • Fitness Center discounts
    • Award pins for extended service

    Volunteer Opportunities

    No matter what your skills and interests, you can provide a helping hand for our patients. Our volunteers serve all sorts of functions throughout our facilities.

    • Clerical Projects
    • Hospice
    • Information Desks
    • Medical Records
    • Guilded Rose Gift Shop  
    • Pharmacy
    • Dialysis Transporter    
    • PortagePointe: Assisting with planned activities, visiting and reading
  • Portage Hospital Auxiliary

    The Portage Hospital Auxiliary’s tradition of service spans more than 50 years.

    This volunteer group dedicates its time to raise funds for our organization through its Lights of Love project, the Guilded Rose Gift Shop, bake sales and other activities.

    The Auxiliary, which welcomes new members, meets on the first Thursday of each month from September through May.

  • Spiritual Services

    The Chapel

    A small meditation chapel is located on the main level next to the gift shop. It is open at all times for private prayer and meditation for patients, their families, visitors and hospital staff.

    UP Health System - Portage Chaplains

    Chaplains are available from several local denominational backgrounds who work cooperatively in providing pastoral care to patients and families.

    A Portage Health chaplain visits patients in the hospital each day and is on call for emergencies any time of the day or night. You can request a visit by letting your nurse know.

    Our Volunteer Chaplains  


        Rev. Bucky Beach      Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Houghton    
        Sister Ellen Enright, IBVM      St. Anne's Parish, Chassell
        Rev. Fr. Allen Mott 

    St. Albert the Great Parish, Houghton
    St. Anne's Parish, Chassell

        Rev. Kathryn Salmi  Christian Counseling Center, Hancock
        Rev. David Weber  SS. Peter & Paul Lutheran Church, Hancock
        Rev. Steve Wilson  Evangel Baptist Church, Houghton
  • Contact

    For more information about becoming a volunteer or a member of the UP Health System - Portage Auxiliary, please call our human resources department at (906) 483-1569 or (800) 573-5001 (toll-free).


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Hancock, MI 49930
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Houghton, MI 49931
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