National Volunteer Month: WMC volunteers have logged 63 years of service and are still going strong

By NJ Olsen Apr 3, 2015

Wyoming Medical Center volunteers have served the hospital for an amazing 63 years. April is a great time to thank our dedicated volunteers because it is both National Volunteer Month and hosts National Volunteer Week - which is April 12-18 this year.

Carol Boe has volunteered in the Wyoming Medical Center gift shops for 15 years.

Carol Boe has volunteered in the Wyoming Medical Center gift shops for 15 years.

The hospital's volunteer program is unique. Not only do our volunteers donate their time, but proceeds from the volunteer-run gift shop and other yearly fund-raisers raise money to benefit both hospital staff and patients. Volunteers fund the WMC Wish List, which provides medical equipment and supplies to departments throughout the hospital, and support the hospital's scholarship program and Benevolent Fund.

On April 14, WMC volunteers will be honored at an annual recognition luncheon at the Petroleum Club.  Hours of service range from 100 to over 6,500, and some volunteers have served for well over 20 years.  Our volunteers have dedicated their time and talents to many roles including working in our gift shop, serving as patient escorts, helping families with a loved one in surgery, serving as chaplains and working with our Angels Cancer Care Program.  Wherever they work, WMC volunteers provide a welcoming smile and caring attitude for our patients, families, staff and the community and all simply because they want to serve.

Much of the original hospital, where volunteers began serving in 1952, is now either gone or has been remodeled.  In October 2014, the Cottage Gift Shop and information desk moved to the new McMurry West Tower.  The growth of Wyoming Medical Center is the beginning of a new era for the volunteer program, and we hope you will help us thank our amazing volunteers throughout the month of April.

Get involved
  • Joining our volunteer team is an easy and rewarding way to give back to your community.  We offer opportunities for students 16 years and older as well as for adults of ages. For more information, visit the volunteers’ page on our website or call NJ Olsen at 577-2794.

Further reading

NJ Olsen is the volunteer coordinator for Wyoming Medical Center.  She has more than 15 years experience in volunteer program management, community development and grant writing. Contact her at nolsen@wyomingmedicalcenter.org or (307) 577-2794 to learn how to join the WMC Volunteer Program. 

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