Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital Launches New Volunteer Program

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Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital Launches New Volunteer Program
Date
01/26/2017
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As Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital continues to expand its focus on caring for not only patients but their families as well, the hospital has launched a new volunteer program with new opportunities for community volunteers. Applications are now open for dedicated volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of patients and their families.

“Our patients and their families often say that their interactions with volunteers are some of the most meaningful moments of their time at the hospital,” said Melissa Anderson, director of community relations for Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. “Recent studies have shown that patients interacting with volunteers in non-medical programs like art play, horticulture therapy or simply being read to can experience less pain and sometimes even need fewer pain medications. Volunteers offer an extra touch that can help our kids and families heal faster, and in turn, the time with our patients can have a powerful impact on the lives of the individuals who become part of our ministry as volunteers.”

While all volunteers are welcome, this program is ideal for volunteers who can commit two to three hours per week, or 100 hours per year. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and pass a mandatory criminal background check and drug screening. Volunteers must also attend an orientation and receive special training based on their volunteer assignment.

Interested applicants can apply online through a new and improved portal and select the program in which they would most like to participate. There are more than a dozen to choose from, including:

  • Lullaby League – Visit room-to-room before bedtime to read stories and sing lullabies to patients.
  • Puppet Pals – Help make children laugh while teaching them about important health safety topics through scripted puppet shows in our mobile puppet theatre.
  • Comfort Cart – Deliver comfort items to parents and caregivers, including refreshments, books and activities.
  • Walk on the Wild Side – Help patients grow their imagination through nature play in a horticulture therapy program led by the Baton Rouge Master Gardeners Association.
  • Luv on a Leash – Work with the Tiger H.A.T.S. Pet Therapy program, operated by the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, and accompany service animals and their owners as they provide pet therapy to patients and their families.

Once an application is received, volunteers will be matched to a program and receive volunteer orientation and training. Volunteers then can use the new online portal to schedule their shifts and to easily connect and communicate with Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital.

For more information on the new volunteer program or to fill out an application, visit www.ololchildrens.org/volunteer.