The Power of One, the Value of Many

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“Volunteerism is the voice of the people put into action. These actions shape and mold the present into a future of which we can all be proud.” – Helen Dyer

The COVID-19 crisis has deeply touched every one of us. From those who suffered financial hardships to those who experienced prolonged periods of isolation to those who lost loved ones, the toll grows daily.

For you, the volunteers at California’s hospitals, there has been a different toll as well: Because you are driven by a higher sense of purpose to help others, restrictions on your ability to do so have surely been painful to accept, and hospital leaders across the state are eager to welcome you back to the campus, back to patients, back to your calling.

The growing number of Californians who have been vaccinated is a step in the right direction, as is the slow crawl toward herd immunity.

As you continue to wait for the time when you can again serve your community through your hospital, I ask that you hold two thoughts in mind.

First, that every precaution now being taken is done with your safety in mind. You are truly among hospitals’ greatest treasures.

Second, because what you do is so special, because who you are is so special, you must be kept safe. Risking your health, even though you feel called back, simply isn’t an option.

What you will bring to hospitals — humanity, kindness, love — when you return is that precious.

During National Volunteer Week, on behalf of every hospital in California, thank you for all you do and all you will return to doing in the coming months.

Carmela Coyle
President and CEO
California Hospital Association