This year, we honor and celebrate National Healthcare Volunteer Week April 23-29 with the theme Volunteers Make the World a Brighter Place. “We currently we have nearly 100 volunteers serving throughout the Holzer Health System in a variety of areas, “states Linda Jeffers-Lester, Manager, Holzer Heritage Foundation and Volunteer Services
President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an executive order in 1974, as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Every sitting US President since Nixon has issued a proclamation for National Volunteer Week, as have many U.S. mayors and governors.
Since then, the original emphasis on celebration has widened; the week has become a nationwide effort to urge people to get out and volunteer in their communities. Each April, charities, hospitals, and communities recognize volunteers and foster a culture of service.
Holzer’s volunteer program has a long history. The American Red Cross Gray Ladies served the Holzer Hospital Cedar Street location that opened in 1917 with 25-beds by delivering mail for our patients. When the Jackson Pike location opened in 1972, five separate groups were involved in the volunteer program: the HMC Volunteer Service League, the Red Cross Gray Ladies, members of the RSVP, the Foster Grandparent Program and the Volunteens. At Holzer, many volunteers are retirees, active individuals who bring many years of experience to the hospital each day, along with their generous hearts. They are valuable because of the commitment they make to the community through their volunteer service.
Since those early beginnings, our volunteers have continued to contribute thousands of hours of service. In addition, they have also been instrumental in many other endeavors including the Lifeline Program, with seed money through the Holzer Heritage Foundation. We have a generous community filled with individuals willing to give their time to Holzer. Volunteers are included in various special employee functions such as the Annual Picnic and the Christmas Dance. Holzer volunteers are valued and appreciated as a vital part of daily operations. Holzer offers a variety of opportunities, where volunteers can do many different kinds of work. No matter what your interests or talents, there is a place for you as a Holzer Health System volunteer.
Holzer recognizes that each volunteer plays a very important part in the success of our organization. We encourage you to acknowledge our volunteers and thank them for sharing their time and talents with Holzer Health System.