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Celebrating National Volunteer Week, April 19-25

Date: 04/20/2020

Bangor, Maine (April 20, 2020) — Last year, 160 volunteers gave 12,000 hours of service to support patients at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. These thoughtful community members donate their skills in clerical and administrative support; direct patient care and enrichment activities; and support tasks at the hospital on State Street; Northern Light Health Center, Union Street; and Lafayette Family Cancer Institute in Brewer.
 
Volunteers give their time and energy in more than 50 areas, providing companionship and comfort through social activities for rehab patients, pet therapy visits, families waiting in surgical services, checking up on vulnerable individuals living alone, providing resources for cancer patients, and much more. They also support the Maine Café and Gift Shop.
 
“Many of our volunteers are vibrant members of the community whose tremendous contributions not only help fulfill our mission, but greatly enrich the experience of our patients,” explains Stacey Coventry, MSB, director, Volunteer and Community Development Services, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center.
 
“Although this year is different, and we are not able to see many of our volunteers face to face, we want to acknowledge their commitment and dedication,” continues Stacey. “To all our volunteers: we offer a hearty thank you. We appreciate all you do, and we look forward to welcoming you back to our facilities.”
 
In response to COVID-19, hundreds of community volunteers have reached out to donate hand-sewn face masks and headbands. The headbands have helped make staff more comfortable for those wearing masks all day, and soon face masks will be provided to community members who come to us for care. To learn more about how to donate these hand-made items, please visit: northernlighthealth.org.
 
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, or if you would like to learn more about the opportunities available, visit https://www.northernlighthealth.org/Locations/Eastern-Maine-Medical-Center/About-Us/Volunteering or contact Stacey at scoventry@northernlight.org or 207.973.7851.