Opportunities to Give Back

June 01, 2012

Research shows that those who volunteer have lower rates of depression than those who do not. And volunteering for your hospital offers an added benefit—easing the stress of hospitalization for others.

“Patients typically don’t choose to be hospitalized. Our volunteers have a huge opportunity to ease their way,” says Pamela Wegner, director of volunteer services for Providence Holy Cross Medical Center.

All five Providence Southern California medical centers offer volunteer positions suitable for a range of ages; tasks are tailored to your individual skills, energy level and availability. Volunteers work in a variety of settings, including the gift shop, the information desk, the emergency department and one-on-one with patients. Tasks include filing, running staff errands and walking patients and visitors to their destinations.

Other opportunities abound, including:

  • Visiting patient rooms to offer music therapy or pet therapy
  • Delivering small gifts, handouts or Communion (Eucharistic ministers and chaplains) to patients requesting the service
  • Holding hands or comforting dying patients through a volunteer companion program called No One Dies Alone (Providence Little Company of Mary Torrance).

Many teenagers end up finding their career path through volunteerism. “Some have come back to say they are entering medical school because of the great experiences they had at Providence,” says Linda Gaul, manager of volunteer services at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center.

What are you waiting for? Call 1-888-HEALING to find your volunteer niche today.