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Methodist Volunteer Services

Methodist Volunteers In Partnership
8303 Dodge St.
Omaha, NE 68114
(402) 354-4522

Become a member of the VIP! Print the application, complete and mail to us today!

The Methodist Volunteers In Partnership (VIP) was organized in 1949 for the purpose of providing volunteer support to all members of the health care team at Methodist Hospital.

Today, the role of the volunteer has become a vital part of the entire Methodist Health System and a wide range of meaningful service positions are available to anyone interested in being a part of Methodist Hospital, Methodist Women’s Hospital, Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center, or Methodist HealthWest.

Methodist Volunteers In Partnership have opportunities to learn new skills, make friends, and gain the invaluable satisfaction that comes from providing support that is much needed and much appreciated.

Share your gifts of time, energy and expertise. Become a member of the Methodist VIP today!

VIP Service Areas

When you become a member of the VIP you have the opportunity to volunteer in a variety of areas especially suited to your preferences, availability, and enjoyment. We look forward to your support in one or more of the following service areas.

Patient Services
These volunteers provide valuable services to patients in their rooms, such as helping elder patients, delivering flowers, DVDs, mail, and emails, or offering coffee; or providing assistance to radiology patients and staff.

Information and Hospitality
Volunteers who enjoy greeting people and providing information and guidance are a part of our team who work at Information Desks and Patient Lobbies, in the Surgery Waiting Lounge, and who guide visitors to their intended location.

Gift Shop
Whether selling candy and magazines or offering advice on apparel and jewelry, our Gift Shop Clerks provide an important retail service to patients, their families, and to staff. In addition, Gift Shop Buyers work closely with hospital staff on the purchase and inventory of merchandise for the gift shop. (All proceeds go toward the VIP annual funding designation.)

Support

Volunteers who provide clerical support are vital to the day-to-day success of the hospital – from putting together packets and collating brochures to processing mailings. Volunteers in our Central Supply department fulfill order requests and deliver patient-related supplies as well as organize the material.  Additionally, sewing support is always needed for projects such as pillows and blankets.

Specialized Areas and Groups
Many volunteers offer their service for a specific cause or specialized area, such as Flamingos for Hope and Reach to Recovery volunteers (cancer survivors and caregivers who provide support and inspiration). Methodist also provides volunteer opportunities in Hospice Care. Lay volunteer representatives are also needed to serve on various Patient Care hospital committees.

Volunteens
Our younger volunteers (ages 14-18) perform a variety of hospital support activities, weekdays after school. The Volunteen program offers a wonderful opportunity for career exploration and for teens to develop leadership qualities and make new friends.

If you know a teen who would be interested,  print the application, complete and send to the Volunteer Office.

VIP Service Locations

  • Methodist Hospital and Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center
    8303 Dodge Street
  • Methodist Women’s Hospital
    707 N. 190th Plaza
  • Methodist HealthWest
    16120 W. Dodge Road

VIP Benefits

  • Invitations to the Annual Meeting and Recognition Luncheon and other volunteer appreciation events.
  • Complimentary meal from our cafeteria on your volunteer day.
  • Access to and free use of our Employee Health department (including free flu shots).
  • 10% discount in the gift shop.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors guides the work of the VIP. The 2014 Board members are:

Executive Committee

 President  
    Kirsten Hosman
 President Elect          
    Beth Koukol
 Education Vice President   
    Terri Sortino
 Social Vice President   
    Kathy Wilson
 Secretary           
    Tamara Giitter
 Treasurer      
    Glynnis Dittrick
 Advisor      
    Jeanie Owen

Members-at-Large

Lisa Freeburg
Nancy Hultquist
Andi Kafka
Suzanne Kotula
Gretchen Mack
Maureen Mahoney
Sandy Nelson
Kathy Peterson
Laura Stevenson
Melodee Thompson                                                 

Services to Methodist Hospital

Every year, the VIP makes a financial pledge to support a specific service of Methodist Hospital. In the past, monies pledged have supported:

  • Methodist Hospital Surgery Renovation Project
  • Methodist Hospital Pathology Center – The Schenken Pavilion
  • Methodist Women's Hospital
  • Heidi Wilke SANE/SART Program
  • Methodist Center for Diabetes and Nutritional Health
  • Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center
  • Methodist Home Health and Hospice
  • Methodist Geriatric Evaluation & Management Clinic
  • Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center - Lung/Thoracic Clinic
  • Women’s Health Services

The VIP meets its pledge through a variety of fund-raising activities, including:

  • The Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women's Hospital Gift Shops
  • Annual Special Event/Fundraising Dinner
  • Methodist Golf Classic

Awards and Recognition

To thank our volunteers for their continuing support, we recognize their efforts through our volunteer awards program, which includes:

  • Volunteer Gallery of Service Awards
  • VIP Special Service Awards
  • Friend of the VIP Award
  • Friend of the Board Award
  • Edith Clark Spirit of Volunteering
  • Honorary Lifetime VIP
  • Mrs. Wade Martin Award
  • Volunteen Scholarships