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Hundreds of thank yous for Oregon hospital volunteers

George Skourtis, a volunteer with Providence Cancer Center, rides three buses — in his wheelchair — to report for his volunteer shift. Why? “Because I like to help people.”
 
In April, Our Health Oregon asked our community to send a quick thank-you note to George in recognition of his selfless and compassionate work that he —and all volunteers throughout Oregon hospitals—do every day.
 
What happened next was truly stunning: we received an incredible response from this community. The thank you notes would not stop coming. Personal stories were shared by former patients and visitors to Providence’s Cancer Center. People couldn’t stop talking about George.


We felt we needed to let George know about this incredible response. Over 600 thank you notes were compiled into a book that we presented to George on your behalf.
 
George’s story is one example of how committed volunteers and staffers make Oregon’s community hospitals warm and caring spaces for every person who walks through the door. In return, the over 600 people sending George a thank you note show how that volunteers like George are appreciated for the joy they bring each and every day.
 
For generously giving their time and energy to patients, visitors and employees, volunteers like George create an impact that stretches across the entire state of Oregon.