Mayo Clinic Caring Hands Volunteer Program

COVID cancelled for 2020-2021 Academic Year

Gustavus has an exclusive partnership with the Mayo Clinic in Mankato to offer pre-health students the opportunity to serve as a Caring Hands volunteer. 

Caring Hands Application 2020-2021

Meet the Caring Hands Team 2019-2020

Gustavus Caring Hands Team for 2019-2020


Caring Hands Service Summary: Massage therapy has shown to aid in addressing pain, distress, fatigue, anxiety, stress and muscular discomfort in patients with various types of disease. Hand massage is simple, comforting and less time consuming than a standard massage session. Because of its shorter duration, hand massage is an ideal intervention in a busy hospital and clinical settings. Volunteers provide 10 -15 minute hand massages. The Gustavus Caring Hands volunteers provide a non-therapeutic, light, gentle and slow hand massage to patients, caregivers and/or family members.

The primary role of the Caring Hands volunteer is to improve the patient experience. Successful Caring Hands volunteers are friendly, out-going, self-motivated, show initiative and can work well independently in an environment with little supervision. The Hospital setting can be extremely chaotic and hectic, but other times can be quiet and uneventful. A successful volunteer is able to thrive in both environments. 

This is NOT a shadowing and observation opportunity. The volunteer is observing and working in the medical environment, but the role of the volunteer is to improve the patient experience.


1. Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2.

2. Sophomore, junior or senior standing, juniors and seniors are particularly encouraged to apply.

3. Good standing with the College and not on any type of College probation.

4. Completed application and one-page statement submitted by, Tuesday, March 31 by 5pm Extended deadline, Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

5. Willing and able to commit to a two-hour shift per week (no shift during college breaks, finals or January)

Summer and/or Academic Year shifts available:

Monday, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Tuesday, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Wednesday, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Thursday, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Friday, 6:00pm-8:00pm

6. Provide your own transportation to the Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato, MN

List of ALL volunteer opportunities available at the Mayo Clinic System Volunteer Services, Mankato

Updated 4/12/2020 HB