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Giving Your Time Has Many Positive Benefits

Each year, many people give thousands of volunteer hours at Samaritan Health Services hospitals. Their gifts of their time and their talents add greatly to the care given to patients and their families.

Most people give their time simply because of the unselfish concern for the welfare of others. However, they soon notice other benefits as well. They say that giving their time gives them a chance to use skills and explore interests important to them. Volunteering gives them a chance to relieve stress, stay active and healthy, and meet and mingle with other people.

They give in many ways. Just a few are listed below:

•Children’s tours
•Coffee cart
•Greeter
•Gift shop
•Flower delivery
•Lifeline
•Mail delivery
•Pet therapy

Samaritan volunteers can be men or women, from teens to senior citizens. They can give their time a few hours a week or only a few hours a year.

Learn More About Volunteering

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Volunteer Programs 

Volunteers play an important role at Samaritan Health Services, and we are grateful to each of our dedicated volunteers who spend their time at our facilities and clinics. Their efforts bring forth great appreciation from patients and staff.

Researchers using MRI technology determined that performing acts of charity stimulates pleasure centers in the brain, leaving those who give with a happy and energized feeling. While interesting, this comes as no surprise to the many volunteers who give their time each year.

Visit the Volunteer Program page to learn more about being a hospital volunteer with the auxiliary, a hospice volunteer, prayer shawl knitting, no one dies alone, and the senior companion programs.

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Other Ways to Give

The rewards of giving is knowing you helped build a healthier community. Each year you’ll find hundreds of our friends and neighbors giving to Samaritan hospitals, foundations and services in Oregon. By doing so they enrich our mission, our communities and themselves.

If you can’t give your time or talent, consider making a charitable donation.