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Volunteer

Why volunteer?

There are many benefits to volunteering, from professional to health.

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, the following health benefits of volunteering have been documented by several scientific studies:

  • Volunteering provides older adults (those age 60 or older) with greater benefits than younger volunteers. These benefits include improved physical and mental health and greater life satisfaction.
  • More is more: Volunteers must be engaged in a regular amount of volunteering in order to derive health benefits. That amount has been variously defined as either (1) volunteering with two or more organizations; (2) 100 hours or more of volunteer activities per year; or (3) at least 40 hours of volunteering per year.
  • Volunteering leads to greater life satisfaction and lower rates of depression. Evidence indicates that volunteering has a positive effect on social psychological factors, such as a personal sense of purpose and accomplishment, and enhances a person's social networks to buffer stress and reduce disease risk.
  • Individuals who volunteer live longer. Those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, even when taking into account such factors as physical health, age, socioeconomic status and gender. Researchers have also found that when patients with chronic or serious illness volunteer, they receive benefits beyond what can be achieved through medical care.

Volunteering also has professional and social benefits for people of all ages. For example:

Students

  • Enhance your resume or college or job applications and let people know that you're reliable and motivated.
  • Gain positive references for future education or jobs.
  • Learn about the growing health care industry and learn new skills.
  • Get your foot in the door or test the waters if you're interested in a health care career in the future.
  • Enjoy less time commitment and more flexible hours than a part-time paid job.
  • Satisfy community service requirements for clubs, school classes or other civic organizations, such as Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts.

Professionals

  • Diversify/build your resume.
  • Give back to the community.
  • Meet and get to know community leaders.
  • Gain positive references for future education or jobs.
  • Satisfy community service requirements for various civic organizations.

Retirees and baby boomers

  • Stay active and involved on your terms.
  • Give back to the community.
  • Meet and get to know community leaders.
  • Get to know other active retirees/baby boomers.
  • Learn about the health care system.

West Park Hospital volunteer benefits

Some of the benefits of volunteering at West Park Hospital (WPH) include a 10 percent discount at the WPH gift shop and a 20 percent discount on massages at WPH's massage therapy services, as well as a free lunch for working a four-hour shift and invitations to recognition/appreciation luncheons.

Become a volunteer

Return completed applications to the information desk at the hospital or mail them to:

West Park Hospital
Attn.: Amanda Hogan, Volunteer Services
707 Sheridan Ave.
Cody, WY 82414

You may also email completed applications to: ahogan1@wphcody.org

Volunteer newsletter: The Essential Piece

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