HGB welcomes new volunteers to its facilities

Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital is accepting applications for its award winning volunteer teams at both the hospital and AL!VE. HGB has been welcoming volunteers through its doors for 80 years ... its first volunteer group started within one year of its founding.

“Volunteerism at its core is a generous act,” said Barbara Fulton, director of community development. “For some volunteering is a way to give back, for others it is a way to spend their free time or gain valuable experience. Whatever the incentive or encouragement is, it never goes unrecognized. Studies show volunteering can help boost self-confidence, lessen symptoms of chronic pain or heart disease; it has even been linked to a lower mortality rate.”

HGB has more than 160 volunteers from all different backgrounds and ages. Whether you work full time, part time or not at all, HGB will work with volunteers to find a schedule that best fits their schedule.

One volunteer in particular has been with HGB for almost 60 years; she is HGB’s longest serving volunteer. Julia Weaver is 91 years old and started volunteering at HGB in 1955. Weaver holds the longest record of service with more than 17,000 hours. In 2013, Weaver was presented with the Senior Citizen of the Year Award by the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging for her outstanding commitment to volunteering in her community and at HGB.

You can start volunteering at HGB any time and at any age. The hospital and AL!VE provide many different opportunities for volunteers to donate their time. Some enjoy working with the clinical staff, while others enjoy creating smiles as visitors walk in. Some find the gift shop aligns with their interests, and others enjoy lending a hand in the office.

For more information on how you can give back to your community hospital contact Kaleigh Jaeger at 517-543-1050, ext. 2190, or kjaeger@hgbhealth.com. HGB is currently accepting applications for difference­­-making volunteers.