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Candy Striper program turns 50



St. Cloud Hospital's Junior Volunteer (Candy Striper) Program is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The program was started by Rosalie Timmers June 13, 1961. Volunteers, ages 14-18, generously give their time and talent to provide valuable support to hospital programs, staff and patients. Currently the hospital has more than 170 Junior Volunteers working in various departments.

Share your story

Anyone who has a story to share about being a Junior Volunteer or Candy Striper at St. Cloud Hospital are invited to e-mail his or her story by Friday, May 13, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Former Junior Volunteers and Candy Stripers are invited to tell their story as a way to inspire others, reflect on their experience or recognize the program's impact on their life journey. Please include your name, the years you volunteered, and what you remember most about your Candy Striper or Junior Volunteer experience. Someone from the volunteer office will contact you if we are able to use your information in a promotional feature.