Porter Health System volunteers who share their time and talents to make a difference in our communities are being honored during National Volunteer Week, April 19 - 25. Porter will be hosting a special Volunteer Awards and Appreciation luncheon on Tuesday, April 21 at Strongbow Inn in Valparaiso. Over one hundred volunteers and staff are expected to attend the awards ceremony.
Last Updated on 21 April 2009
Porter volunteers know their support and involvement help to strengthen the community. “It’s easy to overlook the importance of volunteers because they rarely sing their own praises; yet they impact so many lives,” said Jonathan Nalli, CEO, Porter Health System. Nalli added, “National Volunteer Week is a perfect time to show our appreciation to the selfless men and women who generously donate their time to care for others.”
Recent information released by Independent Sector, a nonprofit group devoted to philanthropy and citizen action, values volunteer services at $20.25 an hour. Last year, 180 volunteers at Porter Health system contributed 25,000 hours of service, which equals $506,000 dollars worth of volunteer time and support.
Volunteers provide support to twelve services at both Porter hospitals in Valparaiso and Portage and outpatient services in Valparaiso, Portage, and Chesterton.
Volunteers help in many ways, including:
- Greet visitors and staff the Lobby at the Valparaiso Hospital Campus.
- Answer countless questions at the information desk
- Visit and comfort patients
- Greet and help direct patients and visitors throughout the Porter facilities
- Assist in reception areas and departments throughout the Porter Health System
- Transport hundreds of patients from one department to another
At the Awards & Appreciation luncheon Nalli and others will be honoring three individuals over the age of ninety who are still actively volunteering. Also being recognized is Donna Turner, of Valparaiso, who has been a volunteer at Porter for fifty years. “Volunteers are an important member of our Porter family. Every day they walk through the doors of our hospitals and outpatient centers eager to help people. We can’t thank them enough for all their commitment to Porter,” stated Nalli.
National Volunteer Week began in 1974, when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing an annual celebration of volunteering. Every president since has signed a proclamation promoting the week.
“We hope that National Volunteer Week will inspire others to become volunteers,” added Nalli.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the Porter Health System call the Volunteer Services at (219) 263.4625.