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VolunteerTalk: Hospital National Volunteer Week

The CAHHS Volunteer Services Office received the following inquiry from Casey McGuire, Director, Volunteer Services at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California:

Submitted November 16, 2018:

We’re interested in learning more about how other hospitals honor and celebrate volunteers during National Volunteer Week. Please share your ideas, events and traditions!

Thank you!

Casey McGuire
Director, Volunteer Services
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
michael.mcguire@cshs.org

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Volunteer Appreciation at UCSF

Hi Casey, We invite hospital departments to make giant "Thank You" cards to celebrate the volunteers in their departments, or to recognize all volunteers in the hospital. We provide the poster-sized pieces of foam core, and display their completed cards at our appreciation event. In the past UCSF has hosted lunches and brunches for our volunteers, but last year we held and open house with appetizers and desserts. (We've outgrown all of our large meeting spaces with room for everyone to sit-which feels like a lovely challenge to have!) We display the "Thank You" Cards at the event, and recognize the volunteers who served the most hours in the previous year, and also recognize two or three longtime volunteers with "Lifetime Achievement Awards" based on hours served and years of service. The Lifetime winners receive a clock (engraved to thank them for their gift of time) and a custom designed pin to wear on their uniform. We invite our "Volunteer Supervisors" from departments to attend the open house as well, and recognize two of these colleagues for their collaboration and leadership. After the event, we return the giant thank you cards to the departments to be displayed in their area. We've made it a tradition to serve a light lunch in the office all week (we purchase ready-made soups which we serve from crock pots in both of our offices, along with rolls, crackers, fruit, cookies, etc.) The volunteers tell us they truly appreciate this small gesture. We do too, as it is always special to break bread with our very special volunteers. Amy Sanders Manager of Volunteer & Guest Services University of California San Francisco

Volunteer Week Recognition at Marin General Hospital

We celebrate our adult volunteers, and mostly retired attend, at a big luncheon and thank all of them for their dedication and service to the hospital. We place a small token of appreciation at their seats. A Chief Administrator speaks to them also, thanking them for their service and the money we raised the previous year. We give them a check for the full amount in support of the hospital and our patient care programs we provide. We publish each volunteer's number of service hours on a poster at the luncheon, have a large article in the local newspaper, and update large posters in our volunteer display case in the hospital with photos of volunteers at work along with the total hours and money raised the previous year and also total lifetime figures. We give ITunes gift cards to all our Teen volunteers. We send out ideas to the departments of how they can Thank their volunteers that week. Hope this helps. I am interested in what you do, too. Regina R. Thomas, Manager, Volunteer Services Marin General Hospital, Regina.Thomas@maringeneral.org

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Volunteer Appreciation at UCSF

Hi Casey, We invite hospital departments to make giant "Thank You" cards to celebrate the volunteers in their departments, or to recognize all volunteers in the hospital. We provide the poster-sized pieces of foam core, and display their completed cards at our appreciation event. In the past UCSF has hosted lunches and brunches for our volunteers, but last year we held and open house with appetizers and desserts. (We've outgrown all of our large meeting spaces with room for everyone to sit-which feels like a lovely challenge to have!) We display the "Thank You" Cards at the event, and recognize the volunteers who served the most hours in the previous year, and also recognize two or three longtime volunteers with "Lifetime Achievement Awards" based on hours served and years of service. The Lifetime winners receive a clock (engraved to thank them for their gift of time) and a custom designed pin to wear on their uniform. We invite our "Volunteer Supervisors" from departments to attend the open house as well, and recognize two of these colleagues for their collaboration and leadership. After the event, we return the giant thank you cards to the departments to be displayed in their area. We've made it a tradition to serve a light lunch in the office all week (we purchase ready-made soups which we serve from crock pots in both of our offices, along with rolls, crackers, fruit, cookies, etc.) The volunteers tell us they truly appreciate this small gesture. We do too, as it is always special to break bread with our very special volunteers. Amy Sanders Manager of Volunteer & Guest Services University of California San Francisco

Volunteer Week Recognition at Marin General Hospital

We celebrate our adult volunteers, and mostly retired attend, at a big luncheon and thank all of them for their dedication and service to the hospital. We place a small token of appreciation at their seats. A Chief Administrator speaks to them also, thanking them for their service and the money we raised the previous year. We give them a check for the full amount in support of the hospital and our patient care programs we provide. We publish each volunteer's number of service hours on a poster at the luncheon, have a large article in the local newspaper, and update large posters in our volunteer display case in the hospital with photos of volunteers at work along with the total hours and money raised the previous year and also total lifetime figures. We give ITunes gift cards to all our Teen volunteers. We send out ideas to the departments of how they can Thank their volunteers that week. Hope this helps. I am interested in what you do, too. Regina R. Thomas, Manager, Volunteer Services Marin General Hospital, Regina.Thomas@maringeneral.org

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