Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel recently made headlines for a wonderful reason. The facility, which was built in October 2012, houses 83 beds and expected as many volunteers at best. The staff was astounded and pleased when, instead, hundreds of community members started donating their time to the medical institution’s 33 departments. This is particularly impressive given the hospital’s requirements to volunteers, which include committing to help at least one day a week for six consecutive months.
Hospital CEO Denyse Bales-Chubb expressed how helpful having that many extra set of hands can be in guaranteeing that not just the patients, but their families as well, have all their needs met and can enjoy the best possible care. She said, “We would be lost without our volunteers. They are truly an integral part of our hospital…They make a difference every single day without families and patients and staff, and we would truly be lost without them.”
The volunteers come from all walks of life, ranging from nearby students to retired persons eager to make a difference with their time. Responsibilities are similarly varied and can include answering phones, stocking shelves, and managing the critical information flow between the numerous departments. These contributions are extremely valuable.
Volunteering is a fantastic way to help improve your community while also developing yourself personally. A fairly common idiom references that idea that “idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” There is a better way to consider the truth which spurred the birth and dissemination of that saying. The fact of the matter is that being productive makes you happy. It give you space to reaffirm your value and ability to impact the world around you positively. This kind of validation is ideally also found in the workplace, but it is much more pure and constant when experience outside of the office. Jobs, ultimately, tend to be rooted to some extent in your paycheck. Whether you are lucky enough to work a job which fulfills you emotionally or not at the moment, you probably rely on the financial compensation to live. This means that, at some level, there is a layer of stress and concern that motivates you to perform well.
Volunteering like the members of the Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel community do circumvents those kinds of concerns. It purely an opportunity to give – to create good. There is incredible potential, power, and inspiration in that kind of action.