Making a Difference in the MOV: Part 2

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No matter what the economy is like people are still going to get sick or injured and need care only a hospital can provide, and thanks to some volunteers, patients and visitors can feel a little more at ease when going through a truly difficult time.

"I was determined I was not going to be a couch potato," Isodene Alkire, a volunteer at St. Joseph's Hospital, said.

So instead, she spends her time helping others, and one of her many responsibilities is delivering flowers to patients.

"They get a lot of cheer out of it, especially the message that's written on the card," Alkire said.

But sometimes there's more to it than just dropping off a card.

"If I deliver mail and the patient isn't able to open their mail, I open it and read it to them, and wish them a lot of luck with their illness," she said.

Volunteers like Alkire stay pretty busy performing their daily tasks.

"This is something we have to learn; all the parts of the hospital," Alkire said.

When they're not roaming the hospital halls, they're meeting and greeting everyone who goes by.

"We're the first impression. Information desk is the first impression that anybody gets when they come in the hospital," Pat Longacre, a volunteer, said.

Longacre has her own reasons for becoming a volunteer.

"I'm a people person, and I love meeting new people, and I love hearing about people's problems," she said.

It's a lot of hard work that doesn't go unappreciated. In fact, some say they can't imagine how things would run without them.

"It would be very difficult. People, even myself, you never realize how much they really do until you work with them or work in the same capacity that they do," Connie McGinnis, St. Joseph's Patient Representative, said.

But those who get the most out of these helping hands, might just be the volunteers.

"I think this is rewarding, being a volunteer," Alkire said.

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