St. Luke's seeks help in wake of National Volunteer Week

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Sunday marks the start of National Volunteer Week and organizations across the Magic Valley could use your help.

St. Luke's Magic Valley is celebrating the 50th anniversary of their auxiliary or fundraising services.

The hospital is looking for volunteers to run the gift shop, operate the shuttle, provide hand massages to patients and family members as well as several other positions.

Studies show that volunteerism has increased health benefits for senior citizens, like improving social interactions and battling depression.

“It's kinda like the happiness effect of exercising,” said Kim Patterson, Manager of Volunteer Services. “They’ve found that when you're helping others, dopamine is also released in the brain and it makes you feel good.”

Some of the positions can be physical which may help a volunteer get in some exercise.

Some roles are as simple as helping patients find their way.

Patterson says don't worry about taking time off or going on vacation, they can work around your schedule.

Packets are available at front information desk or call (208) 814-0861.

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