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Volunteer Corps: a behind-the-scenes lifesaver in Vail

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
The Vail Valley Medical Center Volunteer Corps works to provide extra funds for the medical center.

Organization: Vail Valley Medical Center Volunteer Corps

Volunteer Coordinator: Amanda Visosky

Volunteer Corps President: Dick Woodrow

Location: Vail Valley Medical Center, Shaw Regional Cancer Center, Beaver Creek Emergency Department

Phone number: 970-479-5068

Web address: http://www.vvmc.com/volunteer

Hours: Office hours are from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; volunteer hours vary

Years in Business: The Volunteer Corps was founded in1979 with 13 members.

The initial responsibility of the corps was to run the hospital gift shop and to organize fundraising events to purchase lifesaving, diagnostic or other supportive equipment for Vail Valley Medical Center. For almost 30 years now, our organization has continued to operate the gift shop and participate in fundraising events for VVMC and the Shaw Regional Cancer Center.

What is the organizations mission and who benefits from its work?

Mission statement: “The Volunteer Corps is committed to supporting the highest level of compassionate patient-centered care at VVMC facilities.”

Both the hospital community and the community at large benefit from the dedicated service of the Volunteers Corps. Our volunteers serve in a variety of areas, both within the hospital and the Shaw Cancer Center, as well as outlying facilities such as the Beaver Creek Emergency Department. The volunteer role is essential in helping to comfort patients and guests and to make their experience the best it can be given the circumstances. Whether you are a patient, family member or guest, you will be warmly greeted and assisted by the volunteers. We try to ease the stress and anxiety that is often associated with being a patient or visitor to one of our medical facilities. Other hospital programs, such as the Pet Partners and Arts in Healing, are staffed by volunteers and contribute to creating an environment that is healing to all. The Volunteer Corps also purchases stuffed animals, known as “Blizzard Dogs,” to give to our pediatric patients. We support the hospital staff in providing the highest quality of care for our patients.

Where does your funding come from?

The Volunteer Corps continues to raise funds for the hospital and Shaw Regional Cancer Center through our annual Fashion Show and Luncheon, and Holiday Bake Sale. We also generate income through sales in our gift shop and innovative fundraisers such as our Jewels for Health sale at the fashion show.

How many staff members work for you?

An active 27-member board assists our Volunteers Corps. We have more than 200 women and men who volunteer throughout the year. The gift shop is entirely operated and staffed by volunteers. We have one paid coordinator.

Anything else you would like the community to know about the organization?

Volunteering has many physical and psychological benefits. In a study conducted by the Corporation for National and Community Service, people who volunteered “had better health and older volunteers are most likely to receive physical and mental health benefits.” Our volunteers say that their VVMC volunteer experience is personally rewarding and enriching and offers an opportunity to enjoy the comradeship of like minded people while giving back to the community. We offer flexible volunteer schedules in a variety of areas all of which offer meaningful opportunities to make a difference. This is a place where you can use your skills to benefit an organization that helps everyone in the community. Whether you are a part-time or full-time resident, we have ongoing volunteer opportunities that utilize the skills you have to offer. If you are interested in working with us, but aren’t sure exactly what you want to do, please call us and we will find a good fit.

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Contact Community Editor Lauren Glendenning at 970-748-2983 or lglendenning@vaildaily.com.

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