During the past year, 750 volunteers worked in more than 50 different roles and donated more than 93,000 hours assisting patients, families, visitors and staff. Volunteers contribute unique talents and skills that are augmented by their direct knowledge of our community. The personal touch that volunteers provide is an essential part of the caregiving process.
Volunteering has been a crucial element of American history from the beginning. We owe the existence of most of our institutions and social programs to the dedication of private citizens who were willing to give their time, money and skills for the common good. Yet, too often volunteers are invisible in the history books. It is time to honor the volunteers who have worked quietly to achieve their goals.
You can do that in one simple way that any volunteer would appreciate – give thanks by giving back yourself!
The decision to volunteer at the University of Vermont Medical Center is as varied as the roles our volunteers assume, but all volunteers share the common goal to help our patients.
- Replays, the resale shop on Dorset Street, and the hospital gift shop are managed by the UVM Medical Center Auxiliary, a few paid staff and an army of volunteers. Profits are returned to the hospital to benefit patients in many different ways.
- Helpful volunteers are situated at Information, MICU, SICU, and surgical wait desks to assist with transporting patients, providing directions and obtaining helpful information.
- Volunteers cuddle and play with our tiniest patients in the NICU and The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital.
- Paperwork is managed, supplies are organized, mail is sorted, wheelchairs are repaired, flowers and emails are delivered, dying patients are comforted, surveys are conducted, room service is offered, hats are knitted, pillows are sewed, spiritual comfort is provided and so much more which all adds up to a whole lot of giving all year round.
If you are interested in joining an amazing team that truly engages in providing the “gift that keeps on giving,” please call us in the Volunteer Service office at 847-3536. During the holiday season, please consider “giving” in your own community or contact the United Way for ideas to help brighten the season for those in need.
We hope to see you soon!
Margaret Laughlin, Joan Chace and Louise Rocheleau, Volunteer Services at the University of Vermont Medical Center