Abby Greer, Manager, Holzer Heritage Foundation and Volunteer Services
Holzer Health System is proud to honor and celebrate National Healthcare Volunteer Week April 17th through 23th. “We currently have 80 volunteers serving throughout the Holzer Health System in multiple departments," states Abby Greer, Manager, Holzer Heritage Foundation and Volunteer Services.
President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an executive order in 1974 as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Every sitting U.S. President since Nixon has issued a proclamation for National Volunteer Week (as have many U.S. mayors and governors).
Since then, the original emphasis on celebration has widened; the week has become a nationwide effort to urge people to get out and volunteer in their communities. Every April, charities, hospitals, and communities recognize volunteers and foster a culture of service.
Volunteering has a long and distinguished history at Holzer. The American Red Cross Gray Ladies served the Holzer Hospital Cedar Street location, which opened in 1917 with 25-beds, delivering mail for our patients. Holzer Medical Center - Gallipolis opened in 1972 with five separate groups involved in the total volunteer program: the HMC Volunteer Service League, the Red Cross Gray Ladies, RSVP members, Foster Grandparent Program, and Volunteens. Since those early beginnings, Holzer volunteers have continued to contribute thousands of hours of service.
Holzer is proud to be a part of a generous community filled with individuals willing to give time to the patients we serve. We set aside this time each year to recognize and honor the important role that each volunteer plays in contributing to the success of our organization. For more information about volunteering, visit https://www.holzer.org/ways-of-giving/volunteer/.