There are many different tasks a hospital volunteer can do. A volunteer can work at the information desk, answer phones, feed patients, help people navigate the facilities and many other helpful tasks.
According to admissions supervisor, Carla Cash, the volunteer program is fairly new. The program started within the last two months and the hospital is trying to develop it.
Though Cash said 14- to 16-year-olds cannot be directly involved in patient care, they can help out in other ways after school or on the weekends.
The hospital currently has four volunteers, two of which are in high school.
One volunteer is a blessing to the hospital. Her name is Avis Romine, 71, of Glencoe. She has been volunteering at the hospital since June of 2006. "She took it upon herself to volunteer," said Cash. "She works the floor almost in the capacity of an aid."
"(Volunteering) is just a tender spot in my heart," said Romine.
Romine said since she retired from FNBC she has never been bored. "I'm 71," said Romine. "I think I'm 39, though."
Romine enjoys visiting her mother, who is 98, and just as active as she is. "She likes to go out and play bingo," Romine said.
One day, Romine said, she thought, "How wonderful would it be if people had time to go into hospitals and nursing homes and visit and care for the people in them." So Romine started volunteering at the hospital before a volunteer program was established.
Romine said being able to bring joy into people's lives is so rewarding that, "I don't understand why half the town doesn't do it."
"I don't care how busy I am at home, I make sure I stop by the hospital," Romine said.
Those who are interested in volunteering have to be at least 14 years of age and commit to one three-hour shift per week on the same day for three months. Volunteers also have to go through a special orientation, which includes HIPPA training and TB screening. Potential volunteers can call Volunteer Services at 895-2691.