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:
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.
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.