LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Local hospitals need help! Dozens of volunteers who donate their time in the Lee Memorial Health System have left the area for the summer. And now, you are asked to volunteer your time to fill the space.
Walk into Lee Memorial hospital and there's a good chance you'll meet Patricia Wiley. "I find it's a nice schedule to get out of the house and do something that's positive," she said.
Wiley has been a volunteer for the past three years. Lee Memorial Health System needs more people like her to fill some new vacancies.
"We had some seasonal volunteers probably at this campus (Lee Memorial Hospital), about 25 to 30, and they've gone home," said Donna Bradish, Director of Volunteer Resources at Lee Memorial and Cape Coral Hospital.
You can volunteer in just about every department in the health system's locations. At Lee Memorial, you can find them in the places like the gift shop, post office, blood bank, and medical library.
Hospital officials say their time is worth its weight in gold. It's estimated in a year's time, that volunteers donated $12.1 million dollars worth of service.
"Last fiscal year we, thoughout the system, had over 4,000 volunteers, and they contributed 555,000 hours," said Bradish.
"This is a schedule, it's a way to get out, there's a little social activity and I do feel like I'm giving back something to the community," said Wiley.
You're never too old to be a volunteer! But you can be too young. You have to be at least 14 years old. For more information, visit this website http://www.leememorial.org/volunteer/