SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
In every great medical facility there are individuals who leave a legacy of compassion through their commitment. Many of those individuals are volunteers at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC). This year SCVMC celebrates 75 years of their dedication and service.
SCVMC recorded history shows that in 1937, the first group of volunteers were wives of Carpenters Union workers. During the depression they decided to make layettes for children in Pediatrics and for newborns in the Maternity Ward. Ever since, SCVMC, its patients, visitors and staff have benefitted from the generosity of volunteers.
Over the years, thousands of volunteers have served in the hospital and in the clinics. In the last 10 years alone, over 2,000 volunteers have given 450,000 hours of dedicated service to patients, visitors and staff. The ages of SCVMC volunteers range from people in their early twenties, like Aaron Juber who will receive a small scholarship for medical school, to retirees like Josephine Rogers who has given over 400 hours to date.
“With the gift of their time and talent, our volunteers have demonstrated a commitment to this organization, as well as kindness and concern for those we serve,” commented René Santiago, Deputy County Executive and head of Santa Clara Valley Heath & Hospital System. “They have contributed to our legacy of compassion and have left a positive impact on our patients, visitors and staff. It is our pleasure to celebrate their 75 years of dedication and service.”
While many individuals have signed on to volunteer at the medical center, we also have groups working in the community. They make blankets for newborns and patients in wheel chairs, and knit caps for preemies and patients getting chemotherapy. Our more recent community participants have included the Almaden Valley Rotary Club, Friends Helping Friends, Handmade Hugs, Milpitas Senior Center Knitting and Crochet Group, and the San Jose Buddhist Temple.
“Their willingness to use their abilities and contribute time has strengthened the mission of this organization,” stated Trudy Johnson, RN, Interim CEO of SCVMC. “Our volunteers — past and present — have been wonderful examples of dedication, caring, service, and giving.”