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Fort Sanders Regiona
l is fortunate to have a family of volunteers possessing a wide range of talents and experience. Whether they are greeting visitors, escorting patients, comforting a family in time of need or helping in the gift shop, our volunteers are known for their devotion to others. Since 1955, the Fort Sanders Volunteer Auxiliary has provided a smiling face, a caring ear, and a heartfelt hug to thousands of patients and visitors. But the Auxiliary also provides monetary support for many hospital departments and patients through annual sales and fundraising initiatives.
We serve the community by improving the quality of life through better health
Members of the Fort Sanders Auxiliary have donated over one million hours of service, totaling a value of over $12,000,000 in time and energy on the hospital’s behalf. Fundraising efforts consistently add tens of thousands of dollars each year, which help departments in our facility purchase much needed equipment or services.
History of the Volunteer Program
The Fort Sanders Auxiliary was formed with elected officers and a board in 1955. With by-laws we encompass 6 volunteer programs from the Auxiliary to the Student Volunteers. The Auxiliary sponsors the Regional Gift Shop and receives all net income from sales, and honors all requests from Administration for patient care and services.
Flagstaff Brand from David Haun
- Women: Turquoise color w/white monogram;
- Men: Gray Polo w/black monogram;
- College students: polo shirts/khaki trousers
All wear soft sole shoes.
For more information about volunteer opportunities at Fort Sanders Regional, contact the Fort Sanders Volunteer Auxiliary at (865) 541-1249 or apply online.
A Variety of Volunteer Programs at Fort Sanders
Whether your passion is music, ministry, or animals, Fort Sanders Regional offers several excellent volunteer programs:
Heartstrings: A musical group that entertains patients and visitors each month.
- Fellowship Center: Volunteers who assist those staying in Fort Sanders’ hospitality house for the families of patients from outside the region.
- HABIT (Human Animal Bonding In Tennessee): Pet owners who share the unconditional love of a pet with patients and caregivers.
- Stephen Ministers: Lay ministers who provide spiritual support to patients and caregivers.
- Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center Peers: Former patients help current patients by reading to them, helping them write letters, and providing conversation and friendly company.
- Student Volunteers : College students (18 or older) share their special gifts and energy with hospital patients and staff.
“Only a life lived in service of others is worth living.” – Albert Einstein