The Methodist Volunteers In Partnership (VIP) was organized in 1949 for the purpose of providing volunteer support to all members of the health care team at Methodist Hospital.

Today, the role of the volunteer has become a vital part of the entire Methodist Health System and a wide range of meaningful service positions are available to anyone interested in being a part of Methodist Hospital, Methodist Women’s Hospital, Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center, Methodist HealthWest or West Dodge Medical Plaza.

Methodist Volunteers In Partnership have opportunities to learn new skills, make friends, and gain the invaluable satisfaction that comes from providing support that is much needed and much appreciated. 

Share your gifts of time, energy and expertise. Become a member of the Methodist VIP today!

VIP service areas

When you become a member of the VIP you have the opportunity to volunteer in a variety of areas especially suited to your preferences, availability, and enjoyment. We look forward to your support in one or more of the following service areas.

Patient services

Patient services volunteers are invaluable to patients in their rooms. They provide friendship and support to elder patients or those at end of life, offer coffee, deliver flowers, help with mail and e-mail, and provide assistance to our therapy dog program as well as radiology and cancer patients and staff.

Information and hospitality

Volunteers who enjoy greeting people and providing information and guidance are needed to work at information desks and lobbies, the Surgery Waiting lounge, and also to guide visitors to their destinations.

Gift shop

Whether selling candy and magazines or apparel and jewelry, our Gift Shop Clerks provide an important retail service to patients, their families, and to staff. In addition, Gift Shop Buyers work closely with hospital staff on the purchase of merchandise. (All proceeds go toward the VIP annual funding designation.)

Visit our online gift shop today!



Volunteers who provide operational support are vital to the day-to-day success of the hospital – from putting together packets and collating brochures to delivering patient-related supplies, sewing projects for our patients and assisting in the hospital terrace garden.

Specialized areas and groups

Many volunteers offer their services for a specific cause or specialized area, such as Flamingos for Hope and Reach to Recovery volunteers (cancer survivors and caregivers who provide support and inspiration) or serve on patient and family advisory councils and hospital committees.


Adult volunteers with extensive service histories as members of the VIP program may be selected to receive additional specialized training to serve as Cuddlers in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Methodist Women’s Hospital. The role of the Cuddler is to hold and comfort critically ill infants when parents and family members are not available to do so.

Due to a high volume of inquiries, outside applications for Cuddlers are not being accepted or considered at this time.

Teen volunteens

Our younger volunteers (ages 14-18) perform a variety of hospital support activities, weekdays after school. The Volunteen program offers a wonderful opportunity for career exploration and for teens to develop leadership qualities and make new friends.

If you know a teen who would be interested, print the application, complete and send to the Volunteer Office. Due to the large volume of Volunteen applications received, both hospitals may have Volunteen waiting lists.

Volunteer locations

Methodist Hospital and Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center
8303 Dodge Street

Methodist Women’s Hospital
707 N. 190th Plaza

Methodist HealthWest
16120 W. Dodge Road

West Dodge Medical Plaza
515 N. 162nd Avenue

VIP benefits

Invitations to the Annual Meeting and Recognition Luncheon and other volunteer appreciation events. A complimentary meal from our cafeteria on your volunteer day. Free flu shots for volunteers who offer on-site service and a 10% discount in the gift shop.


Methodist Volunteers In Partnership
8303 Dodge St.
Omaha, NE 68114