WAYNESBORO, Pa. – The reasoning behind the hours given might be different, but the amount of time given and impact volunteers make at Waynesboro Hospital is unmistakable. In 2016, volunteers gave more than 17,700 hours of service to various hospital departments, including the gift shop, information desk and emergency department.
“You are the icing,” hospital Director of Patient Access and Volunteer Services Eileen Roeder said at a recent “icing on the cake”-themed volunteer recognition luncheon. She went on to explain that everything contributed by the volunteers adds the finishing touch to the services and care provided at the hospital.
The luncheon, which featured cake and cupcakes made by hospital employees as table centerpieces-turned-dessert, was held just in time for National Healthcare Volunteer Week, which was the last week in April.
Thirty-nine volunteers received special recognition for reaching milestone hours of service spanning 100 to 9,500 hours. In total, those recognized have, during their volunteer careers, given a total of 77,500 hours of service.
Why they do it
Nancy Brake has accumulated a total of 4,500 lifetime volunteer hours. She said her passion for people is what led her to volunteer – and what keeps her at it.
“I enjoy being with and helping people,” explained Brake.
“Without volunteers, a community could not thrive,” said Beth Bryant, Gift Shop manager, who has more than 9,500 lifetime volunteer hours.
She added that volunteers get back what they give – and more – to the people they help. “When giving to others, unknowingly, it is the giver that receives more in satisfaction than the recipient.”
To find out more about volunteering at the hospital, call Roeder at (717) 765-4000.
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