How West Prince is attracting volunteers to its care facilities
Facilities reaching out to businesses to help provide incentives
Care facilities in West Prince are taking a new approach to attract and retain volunteers.
The two hospitals and two long-term care manors in Alberton, P.E.I., and O'Leary, P.E.I., are offering rewards to people who volunteer their time helping with such activities as meals, church services, bingo or card games.
"Even coming in for a visit is really helpful," said Andrew Ramsay, project manager of volunteer services.
Ramsay has been reaching out to local businesses for support in providing rewards. The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Alberton has already donated 10 gift bags, Ramsay said.
More than appreciation dinner
There are about 220 volunteers registered at the four facilities in West Prince, Ramsay said. Some work one or two hours a week, others up to eight. An appreciation dinner is held every year to thank them, but Ramsay said they want to do more to recognize individual efforts.
"Hopefully it'll raise more awareness that there's volunteer opportunities at the hospitals and manors and maybe more people will sign up and those that are already registered to be a volunteer with our facility they'll maybe do an hour or two extra knowing they'll get a little gift bag at the end."
Businesses interested in donating prizes can contact Ramsay at Western Hospital in Alberton.
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With files from Laura Chapin