EAU CLAIRE, Wis. ― April 17–23 is National Volunteer Week. It's a good opportunity to recognize the volunteers who perform countless valuable services within our community.
In 2021, 371 volunteers served more than 40,000 hours at locations across Mayo Clinic Health System in Northwest Wisconsin, saving $1.1 million, according to Jennifer Loew, director of Volunteer Services for Mayo Clinic Health System in Northwest Wisconsin.
"As I reflect on the last year with our volunteers, I am inspired," Loew says. "When we were feeling exhausted by yet another COVID surge, our volunteers continued to bring joy, excitement and motivation. That joy and excitement inspired us to remember the importance of connection and remembering our purpose. They are an inspiration."
Becky Shanley of Eau Claire started volunteering in March 2021 in Mayo Clinic Health System's COVID-19 vaccination clinic. She then transitioned to supporting STEP Force, assisting patients visiting the Clairemont Campus clinic.
"I come away from each day knowing that I have made a positive difference for patients," Shanley says. "It is a way of connecting and giving back to the community that does so much for all of us."
Loew adds that the need for volunteers is greater now than ever before.
Volunteer Services is recruiting greeters, transporters, stockers and supporters of STEP Force at all locations across Mayo Clinic Health System in Northwest Wisconsin.
Volunteers need to be at least 14 years of age. 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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Press ContactDan Lea