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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.

I retired after 25 years from The Boeing Company in Seattle in 1997. At age 55, my husband and I moved to the central Oregon Coast, and I felt a real void in my social life being new in the community, and not knowing a soul. I started volunteering and have made so many friends in the past 15 years, four of which have been at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital. I think volunteering and keeping active really helps to improve your wellness and health. It also keeps you young and gives you an opportunity to give back to others in your community. It’s a win-win situation!
Carole Jackson Auxiliary volunteer
Physical, mental and emotional health are so interrelated as to be inseparable. Volunteering at InReach has led me to a greater appreciation of my good fortune. I am exposed to people in need and to great people who provide service as volunteers. I always get back much more than I put in. It’s great to be involved in a public service that improves the lives of those around us.
Dan Bedore InReach volunteer
My friend Pat Burrell has been a volunteer at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital for several years. She kept telling me how rewarding it is to volunteer here, so I decided the time was right to join her. It’s as rewarding as she said it was! The people here are so friendly with such positive attitudes.
Peggy Sweet SLCH volunteer
I really enjoy volunteering in Cardiac Rehab at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital. I feel like I am making a positive contribution to the overall health and well-being of the community. I always have opportunities to learn new things and interact with others in a very positive way. The people I work with are great, and I think my volunteer work provides me with an opportunity to spend quality time with patients.
William Hutmacher Cardiac Rehab volunteer
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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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How Else Can I Help?

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.