RED WING, Minn. — Mayo Clinic Health System proudly recognizes its 354 volunteers across Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing who collectively volunteered 17,792 hours in 2014.
As part of National Volunteer Week, Mayo Clinic Health System hosted a “Celebrating our Superheroes” recognition event for its volunteers on April 14 at the St. James Hotel in Red Wing. The event included dinner, recognition by staff who dressed up as superheroes in honor of the volunteers, and entertainment.
“Our recognition event is really just a small token of our deep gratitude for our volunteers,” says Tom Witt, CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing. “The work they do each day really enhances our patient and resident experience while they’re in our care. It also provides a great deal of help to our staff.”
According to The Independent Sector, a consortium of charities, foundations and corporate giving programs, the value of volunteer services is around $22.55 an hour, making the contributions of the 354 volunteers worth $401,209.
Volunteers throughout Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing help in various capacities. Their work includes playing Bingo with care center residents in Lake City, planning fundraisers, rocking babies during prenatal classes in Red Wing, helping patients and visitors in and out of vehicles, delivering mail, and assisting staff with many different projects. The Hospice program in Red Wing also has 11 volunteer therapy dogs who visit hospice patients and families.
National Volunteer Week takes place every April. It was established in 1974 to inspire, recognize and encourage people to engage in their communities.
All Mayo Clinic Health System volunteers receive orientation and training on their specific service area. Anyone age 14 and older is welcome to volunteer. Some roles require a lot of walking or physical movement while others do not. To learn more, call 651-385-3400. To apply online, visit mayoclinichealthsystem.org/volunteer.