Throughout Saint Francis Health System, volunteers add to the comfort and cheer of the sick, their families and visitors. Volunteers fill many roles including working the information desk, in dialysis, in the children’s play rooms, as pediatric sitters, delivering mail and flowers, staffing the gift shops, in admitting and dismissing patients, as well as staffing the surgery family waiting rooms.
Benefits of Volunteering
The greatest benefit a volunteer gains is the personal satisfaction of making someone's hospital stay a little easier. Volunteers also experience many other intangible benefits including:
- Increased confidence. Many volunteers encounter a variety of new challenges when they begin giving time in their communities. These new experiences boost their confidence in facing challenges in other areas of their lives.
- New friends. There is no better place to meet likeminded people than through volunteering. Working together to bring about a change is a great way to bond with others and stay connected long after the work is done. In addition, you meet individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds – people you may never have encountered in your daily life.
- Fun. Many volunteers are surprised how enjoyable it is to help others! Not every volunteer experience is the same; yet the chances of having fun increase when you volunteer in an environment that interests you.
- Improved health. There is evidence that volunteering can improve your health. In "The Healing Power of Doing Good," writer Allan Luks found medical and scientific documentation supporting health benefits of volunteering, such as:
- heightened sense of well-being;
- an improvement in insomnia;
- a stronger immune system; and
- speedier recovery from surgery.