MENOMONIE, Wis. –– Donna Sylte has been a volunteer at Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar in Menomonie since 2014. When she volunteers, she answers patients’ and visitors’ questions, assembles folders for expectant mothers, and provides wheelchairs to incoming patients and pushes them to where they need to go. According to Sylte, one of the greatest things about volunteering is meeting and helping people.
“It is a heartwarming experience to talk to and help visiting patients,” says Sylte. “I especially enjoy visiting with new parents, babies and young children who visit the clinic. Everyone who visits has a story, and it has been great getting to know my community members through volunteering.”
Sylte says she highly encourages volunteering at Mayo Clinic Health System. She says volunteering makes her feel good and allows her to help her neighbors.
“Sometimes, my help may not seem like much, but in that moment, it is a great deal of help to the patient,” Sylte says. “The saying ‘you receive more than you give’ really is true when I volunteer. In addition to making a difference in the lives of patients, receiving a free cup of coffee and a meal when I volunteer is a plus.”
Sylte says volunteering has been a fun challenge for her.
“No matter what the question may be, I am always more than willing to help. Volunteering continues to bring a smile to my face and helps me to make a difference in my community.”
Like Sylte, you, too, can volunteer at Mayo Clinic Health System. You must be at least 14 years old to volunteer. All ability levels are welcome. Sign up to volunteer. For more information about volunteer opportunities, call Volunteer Services:
- Barron: 715-537-6766
- Eau Claire: 715-838-3262
- Hospice: 715-464-5265
- Menomonie: 715-233-7314
- Osseo: 715-233-7314
- Rice Lake: 715-537-6766
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Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.
Press ContactDan Lea