Sparks Regional Medical Center's physicians, nurses, technicians and other staff are not the only ones who promote healing and wellness for the whole person. An important part of our health care team is the volunteers who serve in nearly every department of our medical center. Collectively, more than 350 volunteers contribute thousands of hours annually. For some of them, volunteering provides an opportunity for interacting with people, making new friends, or giving something back to their community. Others find it a way to enhance their skills and explore possible careers. It is a privilege to volunteer in the special environment of health care, and our volunteers assist us in providing the finest possible care and services for our patients and guests. The greatest reward however, is the sense of giving of oneself to help others.
Some of the other advantages of volunteering at Sparks:
- Complimentary parking
- Complimentary volunteer uniforms
- Complimentary meals in the cafeteria
- Recognition events in appreciation of volunteer participation
- Opportunities to serve in an advisory capacity, such as the Volunteer Advisory Council
- Earning hours, or credit for school, or community service
- Invitations to special events
- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle
There are many reasons to become a volunteer, including fulfilling school or community service requirements, utilizing leisure time, and giving back to your community. However, one of the most important personal reasons is not always realized - volunteering is good for your health, particularly if you happen to be an older adult. While volunteering can enhance the quality of life at any age, research has shown that people over the age of 50 who volunteer and think positively live an average of seven and a half years longer than those with less positive perspectives. There are more than 32 million people over the age of 65, and within this age range, volunteering is one of the top factors for healthy life styles.
Regardless of your age, volunteering is a healthy choice whether you are 16 or 61. Consider for yourself our top five reasons for making volunteering your healthy choice:
1. Involvement. Your volunteer status makes you a vital part of your community. You can remain physically active, intellectually stimulated, all while being a part of a group with an important purpose.
2. Advantage. Volunteering is a great way to network, to earn necessary credit for school or community services, all while gaining both a professional and educational experience.
3. Reward. You can have a great time, enjoy various social and educational events, receive recognition for your efforts, and even receive complimentary meals.
4. Joy. Volunteering truly brings gladness into your life, and it's such an excellent way to get out and do good.
5. Accomplishment. Have you promised to do the following but never really got around to achieving these goals?
- Lose a few pounds
- Start a daily walking routine
- Explore a new career
- Become a positive role model
If you volunteer a few hours a week guiding patients and visitors around the hospital, you'll get in your walking exercise in a safe and friendly environment, and perhaps lose those extra pounds! On top of that, you can make new friends, have a chance to sample a dynamic new work environment, and be a model inspiration to others!
Teens (grades 9-12) and adults (age 18 and over) are eligible to volunteer and serve our community in a dynamic, interesting work environment.
For more information about volunteering at Sparks Regional Medical Center, please call (479) 441-5555 or click here to download our application.