Marshall Medical Centers has a staff of volunteers who choose to donate hours of their time serving other people.

You’ve probably seen them smiling from the information desk at Marshall North, arranging flowers in the gift shop at Marshall South or escorting chemotherapy patients at the Marshall Cancer Care Center.

If asked, volunteers will tell you they enjoy the social aspect of volunteering. It gives them a reason to get up, get dressed and get out of the house. It puts them in touch with people. Volunteers often say they reconnect with acquaintances they wouldn’t see otherwise.

Other benefits of donating your time, according to the website HelpGuide, include:

• Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place.

• Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network and boost your social skills.

• Volunteering is a great way to meet people, especially if you are new to an area. It strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighborhood resources, and fun, fulfilling activities.

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