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Collaborations Pay Off for Volunteer Programs

Volunteer Voice - Winter 2011

Patient Services and Amenities Reap the Benefits

The Department of Volunteer Services counts on the kindness and support of others to help provide its many services and amenities to patients. Here are a few recent examples:

Splitcoaststampers, a group of people who enjoy creating cards and other products by stamping and scrapbook techniques, recently partnered with Volunteer Services for the second annual “Hope You Can Cling To” card drive. Their beautiful handmade cards were shared with patients in the Breast Center, Hospitality Centers and Patient/Family Center.

Thanks go to MD Anderson supporter Maryanne McCormack, owner of Visible Changes, who donated 110 new wigs to the Beauty/Barber Shop. McCormack also introduced Volunteer Services to a new wig distributor.

Reggie Wilson, a supervisor in Facilities Management-Logistics at MD Anderson and a volunteer supporter, referred the W.W. Grainger Company to Volunteer Services. This introduction led to Volunteer Services receiving a $5,000 community grant award. Also, 11 members of the Grainger team assisted with the Pediatric Fall Festival.

Kristi Krupula, a senior communications specialist in Capital Planning and Management, connected the Houston office of McCarthy Building Company Inc. with Volunteer Services. The collaboration resulted in a $1,000 donation to the Pediatric Fall Festival and a commitment to partner as an underwriter for the 2012 Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support (VEPS) luncheon.

Several McCarthy team members helped at the Fall Festival. McCarthy also partnered with Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. in Houston to hold a magazine subscription drive, which resulted in 118 new subscriptions to support inpatients.

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