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Columbus Regional Hospital volunteers donated 24,515 hours to CRH in 2011, which represents more than $500,000 in equivalent wages. ***
In addition to their volunteer hours, CRH Volunteer Services also annually presents a gift to the hospital. This year’s $54,000 gift consisted of two baby warmers.
The volunteer group funds its annual donation through hospital gift shop sales and other fundraising efforts. All profits from the CRH gift shop go to Volunteer Services.
“I am extremely grateful to our dedicated volunteers who give their time, talent and expertise to furthering our mission of improving the health and well being of the people we serve,” said CRH CEO Jim Bickel. “The contributions of our dedicated volunteers truly make a significant difference and are deeply appreciated.”
“Each volunteer brings their available time, work, and skills in the most dedicated and generous manner, with the intention of enhancing the work of the employees, and for the ultimate purpose of making each person’s encounter with Columbus Regional Hospital, whatever that may be, a most comfortable, comforting experience,” said Laura Hurt, Director of Volunteer Services.
The group also donated more than $7,000 in 2011 through the creation of a gift given to every patient admitted to the hospital.
*** (Annually Independent Sector, a coalition of approximately 550 charities, foundations and corporate giving programs, calculates an hourly dollar value of volunteer time. The current value (2011) is $21.79 an hour.)