UMHS gearing up to celebrate more than 2,200 volunteers
Volunteer Services oversees more than 2,200 community and student volunteers each year. Included in this number are more than 350 onsite volunteers serving as patient and caregiver advisors and peer mentors through the Patient and Family Centered Care (PFCC) Program. Along with the volunteers placed in clinical areas and other health system units and labs, Volunteer Services includes volunteer programs such as Therapaws (therapy dog teams), Gifts of Art, the FRIENDS Gift Shops, Meals on Wheels, Ambassadors, and community collaborations with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Leslie Science Center, and Nichols Arboretum.
During National Volunteer Week, Volunteer Services will be highlighting the work volunteers do throughout UMHS in displays in the UMHS Triangle April 14, 15, and 16. Staff is invited to stop by to check out the displays and meet volunteer supervisors and some of our volunteers, including some of our canine volunteers on Therapaws Awareness Day, April 15.
The annual Volunteer Recognition Event will be held Monday, April 13. Every registered, active volunteer who served in 2014 and early 2015 is invited to this annual event. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Together we create something beautiful.”
“Volunteer Week is a special time when we take the opportunity to let our volunteers know how much we appreciate them. It would be wonderful if each UMHS employee could take a few minutes to thank their volunteers,” said Loulie Meynard, Director of UMHS Volunteer Services. “We have volunteers giving their time to nearly every program and unit in the health system. We can all celebrate the work they do.”