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Children's celebrates its volunteers during National Volunteer Appreciation Week


Volunteer Services at Children’s Hospital Central California celebrates the valuable contributions made by our volunteers during National Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 18-24. Their gift of time, hard work and dedication makes a significant difference to our organization.

In the past year, about 500 Children’s volunteers gave more than 46,000 hours of service, the equivalent of more than 20 full-time employees. The volunteer team is comprised of caring and engaged individuals, helping out in 47 different areas of the Hospital, working directly with patients, assisting in clerical and customer service roles or providing other support services.

There is no greater honor at Children’s than wearing the volunteer apron. Hospital employees know this and are showing their appreciation by wearing special “Celebrate Our Volunteers” buttons. Volunteers will receive brownies and environmentally friendly, reusable Children’s Hospital bags throughout the week.

Volunteer Awards
Several volunteers are being honored for their years of service at Children’s during National Volunteer Appreciation Week:

5 Year Anniversary
Roger Salley
Sheryl Arnold

10 Year Anniversary
Knute Hansston
Dianne Rivas
Stella Woodward

15 Year Anniversary
Cynthia Houck
Betty Stephens

Volunteer Services also announced the recipient of its annual Volunteer of the Year Award for 2010:
Volunteer of the Year  
Jim Etherton (473 donated hours)

“I couldn’t think of a better place to volunteer,” said Jim Etherton, whoVolunteer of the Year Jim Etherton volunteers in the Hospital’s Child Life Classroom. “The kids here are all precious. I’m amazed at how well they handle their situation. They’re mature well beyond their years.”

National Volunteer Appreciation Week was created in 1974 when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order to establish the week as an annual celebration of volunteering. And every year since that time, each U.S. President, along with many governors, mayors and other elected officials, has signed a proclamation promoting National Volunteer Week.