April 15–21 is National Volunteer Week. It is a good opportunity to recognize the volunteers who perform countless valuable services within our community.

In 2017, 696 volunteers served nearly 79,000 hours at Mayo Clinic Health System sites throughout northwest Wisconsin, saving nearly $1.9 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.”

Lloyd Fleig of Eau Claire says he wanted to do something useful and help people in his retirement. Fleig works at the clinic information desk, answering the phone, and helping patients and visitors get to their destinations.

“I enjoy working with the Mayo Clinic Health System staff and helping patients get to their appointments in timely manner,” Fleig says. “It feels good at the end of your shift knowing that you helped make a patient’s visit pleasant and perhaps helped brighten their day.”

Volunteer Services is recruiting 50 volunteers for a variety of positions, including permanent and substitute positions for patient transporters, information desk assistants, and gift shop clerks. There also is a need for pet therapy teams, patient companions, and clerical, special project, Critical Care Unit and Cancer Center volunteers.

You must be at least 14 to volunteer. All ability levels are welcome. Sign up to volunteer at mayoclinichealthsystem.org/volunteer. For more information about volunteer opportunities, call Volunteer Services in Menomonie at 715-233-7314 and for hospice at 715-464-5265.

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Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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