April 26th, 2006

Great River Medical Center volunteers are being honored during National Volunteer Week, April 23 through 29. The theme, “Inspire by Example,” reflects the power volunteers have to inspire the people they help and to inspire others to serve.

Working in the hospital, Great River Hospice and Great River Klein Center, nearly 300 adult and youth volunteers provided 30,964.25 hours of service in 2005. According to the Independent Sector, a coalition of corporations, foundations and private voluntary organizations that works to strengthen America’s nonprofit organizations, the most recent estimate for the value of a volunteer hour has reached $17.55 per hour. Accordingly, the hospital’s volunteers gave $543,422.58 worth of time.

“We hope that National Volunteer Week will motivate others to volunteer in one or more of 22 different areas at Great River Medical Center,” said Staci Fry, director of Volunteer Services. “Besides realizing a great sense of volunteer spirit and accomplishment, volunteers also can enjoy practical benefits such as discounts in the Gift Shop and health-fitness membership at Great River Center for Rehabilitation.”

National Volunteer Week began in 1974 when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing an annual celebration of volunteering. It is sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network.

To learn more about volunteering at Great River Medical Center, please call Fry at (319) 768-3341.