Pat Pittenger hands over a purchase to a customer in the gift shop.

Did you know that the national value of one volunteer hour equals $24.14 and the average value of a volunteer hour in Texas is equal to $25.15?Did you know that the national value of one volunteer hour equals $24.14 and the average value of a volunteer hour in Texas is equal to $25.15?

Volunteers at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital log approximately 25,000 hours per year, which is an equivalent of about $600,000 in money the hospital saves by utilizing volunteers.Volunteers at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital log approximately 25,000 hours per year, which is an equivalent of about $600,000 in money the hospital saves by utilizing volunteers.

According to Elizabeth Tise, manager of the volunteer program, the hospital auxiliary began the program with four charter members more than 40 years ago in October 1977. CarolAnn Voltmann is the only charter member left, and is still an active volunteer at Memorial Hermann Northeast today.According to Elizabeth Tise, manager of the volunteer program, the hospital auxiliary began the program with four charter members more than 40 years ago in October 1977. CarolAnn Voltmann is the only charter member left, and is still an active volunteer at Memorial Hermann Northeast today.

Presently, there are approximately 140 year-round volunteers at a ratio of 23 percent males to 77 percent females.Presently, there are approximately 140 year-round volunteers at a ratio of 23 percent males to 77 percent females.

There is a diverse age range between volunteers. Although teens may begin volunteering at 15 years of age, and there are currently three volunteers in their 90s, the average age of volunteers is 67.There is a diverse age range between volunteers. Although teens may begin volunteering at 15 years of age, and there are currently three volunteers in their 90s, the average age of volunteers is 67.

Judy Kibler stocks the shelves in the gift shop with new baby items.

The number of volunteers grows temporarily during the summer when the teen volunteer program is in effect. High school students vie for the coveted 50 volunteer spots which open up for a seven-week program that begins June 8 and ends July 27. Many of the students are looking for a service project or opportunity to add these volunteer experiences to their resumes for college or to secure internships.The number of volunteers grows temporarily during the summer when the teen volunteer program is in effect. High school students vie for the coveted 50 volunteer spots which open up for a seven-week program that begins June 8 and ends July 27. Many of the students are looking for a service project or opportunity to add these volunteer experiences to their resumes for college or to secure internships.

Volunteers have the choice to work in the gift shop, at the information desk, in the volunteer office, at the emergency center or ICU/surgery waiting center, or, even more fun, drive visitors to and from the parking lot in a golf cart. There is also an opportunity to volunteer off-site at the Humble Senior Center. However, no matter where they volunteer, all must undergo a one-on-one interview, a health screening, a background check, and an orientation and training before they can begin. Volunteers have the choice to work in the gift shop, at the information desk, in the volunteer office, at the emergency center or ICU/surgery waiting center, or, even more fun, drive visitors to and from the parking lot in a golf cart. There is also an opportunity to volunteer off-site at the Humble Senior Center. However, no matter where they volunteer, all must undergo a one-on-one interview, a health screening, a background check, and an orientation and training before they can begin.

Elizabeth Tise is the manager of volunteers.

Although there is a slight fee of $25-30 to cover the cost of a uniform polo shirt or jacket, the benefits for volunteers are considerable. Complimentary meals per four-hour shift, gift shop discounts, free TB screening and flu shots, recognition parties and luncheons, and endless opportunities to develop new friendships and skills while being part of a team are some of the perks of being a volunteer at Memorial Hermann Northeast.Although there is a slight fee of $25-30 to cover the cost of a uniform polo shirt or jacket, the benefits for volunteers are considerable. Complimentary meals per four-hour shift, gift shop discounts, free TB screening and flu shots, recognition parties and luncheons, and endless opportunities to develop new friendships and skills while being part of a team are some of the perks of being a volunteer at Memorial Hermann Northeast.

When asked if she had a vision for the volunteer program, Tise said that she has several.When asked if she had a vision for the volunteer program, Tise said that she has several.

“I would love to bring a pet therapy program to the hospital and I am going to start looking into a ‘patient visitation’ program in the nursing units,” said Tise. In addition, she said she would like to see the volunteer work force grow from its current number of 140 to about 250 volunteers. “I would love to bring a pet therapy program to the hospital and I am going to start looking into a ‘patient visitation’ program in the nursing units,” said Tise. In addition, she said she would like to see the volunteer work force grow from its current number of 140 to about 250 volunteers.

“Our goal is to have one volunteer per each number of hospital beds,” said Tise.“Our goal is to have one volunteer per each number of hospital beds,” said Tise.

Experience is not a requirement. However, if a volunteer is working at the information desk or helping with clerical work in the volunteer office, it helps if they have some basic computer skills.Experience is not a requirement. However, if a volunteer is working at the information desk or helping with clerical work in the volunteer office, it helps if they have some basic computer skills.

Those interested in the volunteer program at Memorial Hermann Northeast may contact Tise at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Betty Jo Phillips and Shirley Thomas greet visitors at the information desk.  
Bob Johnson shows off the golf cart used to take visitors to and from the parking lot.
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