EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — April 23–29 is National Volunteer Week. It is a good opportunity to recognize the volunteers who perform countless valuable services within our community.
In 2016, 809 volunteers served more than 78,000 hours at Mayo Clinic Health System across northwest Wisconsin, saving nearly $1.8 million, according to Jennifer Loew, director of Volunteer Services.
“We have volunteers from many backgrounds, including retired professionals, teachers, stay-at-home moms, students and others,” Loew says. “For anyone who is looking for more meaning in their life, to connect with others in our community, learn a new skill or looking for a sense of purpose, volunteering is a great opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives.”
Eugene Gagnon of Eau Claire says volunteering was on his bucket list of things to do after he retired in 2011. Now, Eugene and his dog, Bernie, bring comfort and smiles to patients as part of the Paws Force pet therapy team.
“My favorite part of volunteering is interacting with people, both the staff and patients,” Gagnon says. “The staff has been so professional and welcoming. The patients have been so appreciative of my visits with them. It has been a wonderful experience for me and Bernie.”
Mayo Clinic Health System is looking to recruit 75 volunteers for a variety of positions. Currently, there are openings for permanent and substitute positions at information desks and gift shops. There also is a need for pet therapy teams, patient companions, patient transporters, and clerical, special project, Critical Care and Cancer Center volunteers.
You must be at least 14 years old to volunteer. All ability levels are welcome. Sign up to volunteer at mayoclinichealthsystem.org/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 Georgia, 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