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Hunterdon Healthcare Offers Volunteer Opportunities

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Elaine Gaughran helps out at Hunterdon Medical Center’s Lobby Shop and Yesterday’s Treasures Thrift Shop each week. Credits: courtesy photo
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RARITAN TWP., NJ - Looking to help others and feel better about yourself?  How about becoming a volunteer for Hunterdon Healthcare? 

Volunteering your time to help others will not only make a difference in someone’s life but, it can help you learn and develop new skills, give you an opportunity to meet new people, gain work experience and can even build self esteem and self-confidence. Supporting your local hospital in your community is rewarding and good for your health.

“Our volunteers touch people’s lives and make a difference seven days a week. They carry in their heart a level of compassion that is truly astounding,” explained Karen DiPaola, Director of Volunteer Resources. 

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In addition to the personal satisfaction you receive when you volunteer, Hunterdon Healthcare volunteers also receive comprehensive training, free access to a fitness center located in Hunterdon Medical Center, a discounted rate on membership to the Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers and/or HealthQuest of Hunterdon, and free continuing education computer classes offered monthly through Hunterdon Medical Center’s Information Services Department.

Currently nearly 400 volunteers support Hunterdon Healthcare. In 2017, volunteers donated over 60,000 hours to the hospital, which saved the hospital over $1.5 million. Hunterdon Healthcare is currently looking for volunteers in the following areas; Bright Tomorrows Child Care Center, Yesterday’s Treasures Thrift Shop, greeters, endoscopy center, nutrition services, patient care areas, Transport Department, taking patients for tests and treatments, and opportunities for evenings and weekends in the Hunterdon Medical Center Lobby Shop. 

Hunterdon Healthcare is also seeking new pet therapy volunteers.  All Hunterdon Healthcare pet therapists must meet the following requirements: Proof of Bright and Beautiful or Therapy Dog International, Inc. training, certification, ID card and insurance coverage; a copy of the Hunterdon Healthcare Therapy Dog Annual Health Record Form; a minimum of 25 hours of Pet Therapy experience documented at a school, nursing home or library within a six month period and three reference letters.

If you are not able to volunteer your time at the hospital, but would like to contribute, we are always in need of donations to bring joy to our patients. Examples of things needed; knitted or no sew blankets, themed pillow cases for children and small brand new stuffed animals, reader glasses and word search packets with pencils/pens. 

Don’t you want to be part of a team that makes a difference? If so, call the Volunteer Resources Department at Hunterdon Medical Center at 908-788-6140.  

 

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