Volunteerings Offers Skill Enhancement and Opportunity
â€œThe unemployment rates in our area and the nation continue to grow. Many individuals are searching for something to fill their time, but they are also looking for ways to enhance their employable skills or possibly searching for a way of cultivating new skills. Volunteering is a great option, and at ACH, we have a service area to compliment each volunteer's skills and abilities,â€ Volunteer Coordinator Marcy Todd shared.
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Each month a â€œVentures in Volunteeringâ€ orientation program is held at <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />AllianceCommunityHospital to introduce potential volunteers to the mechanics of hospital volunteering. This is a required program for potential volunteers, and it covers everything from Planetree hospital concepts to the benefits associated with volunteering at ACH.
Alliance Community Hospital will host its monthly â€œVentures in Volunteeringâ€ orientation program for incoming volunteers on Tuesday, March 3, in Conference Room 1-A. The program will begin at 1 p.m. and last until approximately 4:30 p.m. This orientation is structured to answer the many questions potential volunteers may have. Participants also learn more about the Planetree concept of care.
â€œWhile being unemployed is at the very least, stressful, individuals have found that by focusing their energies on making a difference in another's life, they reduce their own stress level, which provides an optimistic outlook for the volunteer. Volunteering provides an outlet for anxiety and energy!â€
â€œWhether our volunteers are baking cookies, discharging patients, offering Soft Touch hand-rub treatments, assisting patrons in the Gift Shop, preparing rooms in the Wound Care Center, â€œpamperingâ€ our patients, putting charts together, providing clerical assistance or simply holding a patient's hand, they take their commitment very seriously and take great pride in the services they provide,â€ Todd said.
â€œThey embrace the opportunity to make a positive difference in another's life,â€ she said. â€œOur volunteers consistently go â€œabove and beyondâ€ when it comes to the services they provide. We are receiving more requests from our staff for volunteers who are willing to spend time in patient care areas, but we tailor each volunteer's service to their skills and comfort level.â€
â€œWe work with each volunteer's schedule when placing a volunteer in a service area. With more than 50 service areas to choose from, we are confident that we can provide every volunteer a position they will find both fulfilling and meaningful during hours that will work well for each volunteer,â€ Todd said.
Please call the Volunteer Department at 330-596-7821 or 330-596-7822 with questions or to make reservations, since reservations for the orientation session are required. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.