LOCK HAVEN - It's been said that many hands make light work one of the many reasons volunteers are a valued part of Lock Haven Hospital.
Volunteers are integral to the hospital's commitment to the community, by supporting the hospital's mission of providing comprehensive care physical, emotional and spiritual to the residents of the Lock Haven community.
Lock Haven Hospital is currently seeking additional volunteers and offers a wide variety of opportunities for all ages. To discover which volunteer opportunity is right for you, start with a pen and paper and write down your favorite way to pass time, interests or hobbies.
Be sure to include areas or talents that you would like to share or develop. It could be knitting, holding babies, or maybe you're good at English or math. Next contact the hospital to review the volunteer positions available at Lock Haven Hospital to identify which positions match your interests.
A strong base of volunteers is essential to a community hospital.
"Lock Haven Hospital is fortunate to have the active involvement of more than 40 caring, generous individuals from the community who lend their time and talents to enrich the lives of others," said Nancie English, the hospital's volunteer coordinator. "We recently recognized all of our volunteers during National Volunteer Week, but in particular Sarah Graham who has surpassed 10,000 hours of volunteering with Lock Haven Hospital.
The volunteers assist with hospital activities, greeting and guiding patients, and visitors, folding and collating handouts and mailings, handing out water/ice in our Extended Care Unit, assisting at a health fair, reading or delivering mail.
Volunteers receive a personal satisfaction knowing they've done something for someone else in need. Many volunteers may have originally come in wanting the benefit of keeping busy after the loss of a loved one, but we see a transformation over time as they truly love helping others.
Volunteering can be personally satisfying, challenging and fun when one uses his or her skills, talents and free time to benefit others. It shifts the daily self-survival and interest focus to others who aren't as fortunate. With the right perspective, one can't give without also receiving back. For more information on the volunteer program at Lock Haven Hospital call English at 893-5233.