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M. D. Anderson Celebrates Volunteers! 

M. D. Anderson Celebrates Volunteers! 
M. D. Anderson News Release 04/17/00

The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center enjoys a wealth of support from caring volunteers. The 1,661 men, women and young adults who give so freely of their time and talents at M. D. Anderson are managed by the institution's Department of Volunteer Services. They compose one of the largest volunteer pools of any medical institution in the United States. In addition, more than 10,000 off-site volunteers are committed to making life better for M. D. Anderson patients and their families and to furthering the cancer center’s mission to eradicate cancer.

M. D. Anderson volunteers span every age from 13 to 94. They spearhead projects as technical as cutting chromosomes in the research laboratories and as spiritual as Hanukkah menorah lighting services in the chapel. Together, they speak 18 languages. Last year, volunteers gave 189,670 on-site hours to M. D. Anderson, or the equivalent of $2,511,231 in salary and wages. Their contributions equal those of 91 full-time, paid employees.

"I commend the many volunteers of this fine institution, said Mary Nell Lovett, director of volunteer services at M. D. Anderson. "During this special National Volunteer Week we are celebrating our volunteers, who are valued for the contribution they make to the life — the spirit — the soul of this cancer center."

In addition to the institution's volunteers, M. D. Anderson employees have put a twist on the caring volunteer spirit found throughout the cancer center. Taking a cue from the volunteers, employees participate in an employee volunteer program called Build a Healthier Houston. Co-sponsored by M. D. Anderson's departments of volunteer services and human resources, the program encourages employees to share the compassion they show every day to cancer patients with other Houstonians in need.

All M. D. Anderson employees and staff, patients and families celebrate National Volunteer Week April 9 – 15, but, in fact, we celebrate them all year long. Our blue coat army deserves thank yous whenever you meet them.

M. D. Anderson Volunteer Facts and Figures:

  • 595 new volunteers were added to the roster this year.
  • Almost 15,000 of those hours were contributed by teen volunteers.
  • There were 34,000 off-site community outreach hours.
  • Since the Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support’s first disbursement in 1992, $350,000 has been granted to support patient services throughout the hospital.
  • 405,661 customers were served in our four volunteer gift shops.
  • In March, the M. D. Anderson gift shops, which are staffed by volunteers, sold a record 78,776 units of merchandise.
  • 9,240 free services were rendered to patients in the Volunteer Beauty/Barber Shop.
  • The Patient Family Library circulated 110,000 pieces of reading material.
  • 7,500 patients and families were served in the volunteer-run Business Center.
  • 17,000 patients and visitors used the volunteer-staffed Patient Family Center as a respite.
  • 78,000 patients and visitors were helped at the Concierge & Information Desks.
  • Order of the Eastern Star Volunteers at M. D. Anderson assembled 43,000 craft kits for patients and families.
  • Volunteers conducted 232 tours of the institution and delivered 3,800 floral arrangements.
  • 15,000 one-on-one hours were spent by volunteers with in-patients and their families.
  • Volunteers worked 20,000 hours in research areas.
  • 6,200 volunteer hours were given to help pediatrics patients with everything from school assignments to birthday celebrations



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