Volunteers are a vital part of the safety net of support for patients and families at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. During the past year, St. Jude volunteers donated 44,477 hours to the hospital, which is the equivalent of 22 full-time employees.
Here are some of the ways they are making a difference:
Ready Runners keep the hospital lobby and outpatient areas neat, and round up stray wagons and wheelchairs. They also escort new patients and families to appointments throughout the hospital.
Kay Kafe Companions
Kay Kafe Companions greet families in the St. Jude cafeteria and serve as an extra pair of hands for parents juggling children, food trays, wagons or strollers.
In the evenings and on weekends, college students carry crafts and other fun activities to patients on the Happy Cart.
Bilingual or multilingual volunteers translate for patients who do not speak English.
Blood Donation Center
Hundreds of volunteers give to the St. Jude Blood Donor Center every year. The center supplies about 50 percent of all platelets needed at the hospital annually.
St. Jude Doggy Daze volunteers bring canine companions to the hospital every week, giving patients and families a chance to ease stress by playing with a dog.
Helping Hands volunteers provide respite care services through a special St. Jude program. These volunteers visit with St. Jude patients and siblings for up to two hours so caregivers can take time to relax and recharge.