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Making a Difference Together

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The St. Helena Hospital Volunteer program is a shining example of how the power of volunteerism can create a caring and supportive environment for patients, their families, and the community. This program was born out of the belief that the social connections made by volunteer work are critical to individual and community well-being.

“At the core of the St. Helena Volunteer program is the belief that compassion, service, and community are the foundation of a healthy society. These values contribute significantly to the quality of life and care of patients, their families, and the broader community,” explains Annalisa Price, Program Manager of Volunteer Services, “Sometimes miracles are simply good people with kind hearts.” Volunteers from all walks of life have played a vital role in the program’s success. Their duties range from providing directions and welcoming patients to offering emotional support. But it’s more than just about providing non-medical assistance. The program is about creating a supportive, caring environment that benefits everyone involved.

The St. Helena Hospital and Foundation have recognized the value of volunteer time and talent in advancing patient health and well-being programs. “Volunteers bring optimism and enthusiasm, create positive energy, and share diverse perspectives that enhance patient outcomes, their families, and our community. They are a strategic human resource for the hospital and foundation,” says Glen Newhart, MBA, CFRE, President & CEO.

One of the unique things about the St. Helena Hospital Volunteer program is that it recognizes the mutually beneficial nature of volunteering. Volunteers can make a meaningful difference in the lives of others while also gaining valuable skills and experiences. The program provides training and support to help volunteers develop new skills, enhance resumes, and build networks.

Lary Taylor, a six-year volunteer at St. Helena Hospital, joined the program on the recommendation of a former volunteer leader. Lary enjoys connecting with people and providing the last face of the hospital to patients, families, and staff. “I love being a volunteer here because it allows me to interact with so many different people. I feel like I’m making a difference by providing a positive experience for patients and their families during a challenging time,” shares Lary Taylor, former Pacific Union College Business Teacher.

For Lary, the hospital feels like a whole new family. He looks forward to all the possibilities as the volunteer program grows. “As a volunteer, I get to be a part of the hospital’s community and make it a better place for everyone. I love seeing the difference we can make together,” says Lary.

Lary and his fellow volunteers play an essential role in the smooth functioning of the hospital. “One of the primary things we do is discharge patients, move patients within the hospital, and transport lab samples. It’s important work that helps keep the hospital running smoothly. We’re happy to do it because it means we’re helping the patients and staff in some small way,” explains Lary.

The St. Helena Volunteer program is committed to creating learning environments where volunteers can contribute meaningfully to patient welfare and hospital success. Volunteers are valued for their unique abilities and empowered to advocate for wellness in our community. They are trained, mentored, and supported in their work, which provides opportunities for them to develop their skills as community support practitioners. “Our volunteers are an extraordinary group of local neighbors and friends who are engaged in positive change and transformed by service. They have made a meaningful impact on the lives of patients and their families by providing the companionship and support they need during difficult times,” concludes Steven Herber, MD, President.

The St. Helena Hospital Volunteer program is not just a program; it’s a community of people who believe in the power of kindness and compassion. Their dedication and selflessness have created a ripple effect of positive change that has touched the lives of countless individuals. The program is a reminder that we can all make a difference in the lives of others by giving our time.

Visit our Volunteer page for further information about volunteering, or you may contact Annalisa Price, Program Manager of Volunteer Services at, or call (707) 963-6207.