Most hospitals have a robust Volunteer Services program, offering various opportunities that fit many lifestyles. The volunteers range in age from teenagers to retirees. Hospital volunteer service is also a great fit for those who have a wide range of interests and availability. Volunteers serve in many areas throughout the hospital, directly assisting the patients, their families and visitors.
There are numerous ways that volunteers help others while helping themselves. Yes, you help yourself when you volunteer. Volunteer service provides mental and physical exercise, social outlets and educational opportunities; it also allows you to share your kindness and compassion with your community. A study conducted by the Corporation for National and Community Service has shown that volunteers who give at least 100 hours of service annually get the maximum health benefits from volunteering, such as lower rates of depression, lower mortality rates and greater functional ability. Do yourself and your community a favor — start volunteering today.
Christine Delaughter, CDVS
Certified Director of Volunteer Services
Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital
Richmond | 804.287.7575
This is the time of year when many of us are trying to make good on our New Year’s weight-loss resolutions. We’re furiously dieting and steadfastly working out, trying to get our bodies down to that elusive “ideal weight” goal.
But for some of us, the goal isn’t merely elusive: It’s completely out of reach. No amount of dieting or exercise is going to lead to significant and lasting weight loss for us.