AHA Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE)
The Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE) program was established by the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees to help hospitals attract and retain volunteers by recognizing outstanding contributions of organized programs of volunteer service. It is designed to acknowledge the value of volunteerism to individual lives and institutions. The program is designed to achieve four goals: to encourage exceptional service; to promote visibility and goodwill toward the hospital or health care system; to increase allegiance and collegiality among volunteers; and to promote collaboration among provider organizations and community service organizations as well as instruct volunteers on how to improve the quality of life in the community they serve.
Organizations are invited to participate by nominating an organized volunteer program. It is recommended that the decision on a nominee be a collective one and that the nomination packet be directed to staff in relevant departments—including volunteer and auxiliary leaders and directors of public relations, human resources and volunteer services.