Among our volunteers are adults who work, many who are retired and students. All of whom were treated to a special BWFH Volunteer Services tote bag and chocolates as a token of our appreciation for their service during National Volunteer Week.
Volunteers are asked to commit to at least 100 hours of service over the course of a year, or four hours per week. However, many go above and beyond that.
Over the course of her 20-plus years as a volunteer at BWFH, Virginia Clifford has completed more than 4,500 hours of service. One day a week, you will find her at the Information Desk, greeting patients, visitors and staff. “I retired and I was home for about a year and half and I decided I needed something that was structured for at least one day out of the week,” she says. “I like to see people. And it’s good for the brain to keep it going to try to remember so much stuff.”
For about seven years, Elizabeth “Betty” Podgurski has also been a dedicated volunteer, logging more than 10,000 hours of service. Most days, she can be found in the mailroom doing paperwork. “I love my work. I love helping people. I love the people here,” she says. Podgurski is also retired, but loves to keep busy. At BWFH, she always has a new project to occupy her.
All of our volunteers play a vital role in the day-to-day operations of BWFH, providing assistance to patients, families and healthcare professions, and helping to make BWFH a warm and friendly hospital.
If you or someone you know wants to become a volunteer, call 617-983-7424 or visit our Volunteer Services page.