Often, when people think about the work done at hospitals, it’s the doctors, nurses, and other clinical staff who come to mind. While their work is vitally important — often lifesaving — volunteers and volunteer leaders are also an integral part of the hospital environment.
From greeting visitors and staffing gift shops to playing music and answering phones, volunteers focus on ensuring that the hospital is running smoothly so that medical providers can focus on the patient’s physical health and continued well-being. But no matter what role you’re serving, volunteers are crucial to the operation of a hospital, and your importance cannot be understated.
Since it was established in 1974, National Volunteer Week has been an opportunity to recognize the impact volunteers have and to thank them for lending their time and energy to make a difference in their communities. And while we appreciate our volunteers every day of the year, National Volunteer Week is a time that is dedicated to showing appreciation for all that you do for hospitals and recognizing the volunteers who give so much of themselves to improve others’ lives.
I know the reasons for volunteering are different for everyone. Some volunteer to stay busy, some volunteer to give back, and some volunteer to learn a new skill. For some, it may be all those reasons and more. Regardless of the “why,” every day you show up, and give so much of yourselves for patients. Your contributions are endless, and I can’t thank you enough for your time and dedication to hospitals and the patients they serve.