Health care volunteers are some of the super heroes within the nation’s hospitals. 

National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers across the country. The Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals (AHVRP) – an AHA professional membership group – expands upon National Volunteer Week with National Healthcare Volunteer Week, which runs from April 15-21. 

It is a time to honor and thank hospital volunteers for their commitment to patient care and their compassion toward patients, staff and the community. Volunteers are known for their work in supporting emergency departments, cardiac care areas, neonatal intensive care units, wayfinding areas, physical therapy departments and community health services. These volunteers also make an impact within risk management arenas, in hospice care, and within transportation, food pantries, lending closets and gift shops.

Thank you to all the volunteers and to those who maintain hospital and health system volunteer programs, as well as volunteer leaders on boards and committees. Your commitment to patient care and selfless acts of kindness helps us improve patient care every day. Join in on the recognition by sharing volunteer-related selfies and stories with AHVRP. You also can tweet your selfie on your own, and include the hashtag #HCVolunteerWeek.

Volunteers who serve in hospitals and health systems often exceed expectations as a result of innovation, creativity and leadership. For 35 years, the AHA has recognized these extraordinary achievements. As such, the AHA will award recipients of the 35th Annual Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE) at the 50th Annual AHVRP Conference & Exposition, Sept. 28-Oct. 2, in Rosemont, IL. Award winners will be announced by June 1. 

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