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Celebrating Life: 100 is Just a Number for This Busy Volunteer

September 19, 2019

Celebrating Life: 100 is Just a Number for This Busy Volunteer

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Staff and volunteers in Arizona gathered to celebrate Muriel Lippman’s birthday in the office where she’s been reporting to work for nearly 20 years.

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services


Volunteering at Mayo Clinic a Family Affair for Lynn and Siri Olson

April 11, 2019

Volunteering at Mayo Clinic a Family Affair for Lynn and Siri Olson

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Lynn Olson and her granddaughter Siri have more in common than just a last name. Both are passionate about helping others, and volunteering at Mayo gives them the opportunity to do that.

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Tags: Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services, Mayo Clinic Young Volunteers Program


When Family and Friends Can't, Volunteers Step in to Make Sure No One Dies Alone

December 4, 2018

When Family and Friends Can’t, Volunteers Step in to Make Sure No One Dies Alone

By In the Loop In the Loop

Patients nearing the end of life often have loved ones who can be by their side and offer comfort. But when they don’t, Mayo volunteers make sure the patient is not alone.

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Tags: Lisa Brink, Lynn Stolp, Mayo Clinic Hospital, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services, No One Dies Alone Program, Saint Marys Campus, volunteer


Phyllis Helgeson, Mayo Clinic Volunteer Extraordinaire

November 15, 2018

Phyllis Helgeson, Mayo Clinic Volunteer Extraordinaire

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For more than 30 years, Phyllis Helgeson has been volunteering at Mayo Clinic, going above and beyond to connect with patients and help wherever she’s needed.

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Hospital, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services, Phyllis Helgeson, Saint Marys Campus


Volunteer Gig Becomes Labor of Love for Former Teacher

September 11, 2018

Volunteer Gig Becomes Labor of Love for Former Teacher

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Pete Ingvarsson’s role in Mayo’s Caring Hands program is more than just giving hand massages to patients and visitors. It’s also being a listening ear during some of their darkest moments.

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Tags: Caring Hands, grand mal seizure, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services, Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital


Volunteers Create Distraction Pads to Help Keep Patients Busy and Safe

July 31, 2018

Volunteers Create Distraction Pads to Help Keep Patients Busy and Safe

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Since 2016, volunteers in the Mayo handicrafters group have been creating distraction pads and other items that help reduce anxiety and agitation in patients.

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Tags: Department of Neurology, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Lorina Welper, Mary (Lisa) Brink, Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services


Lynn Benrud’s Story Proves You Never Know Where Volunteering Might Take You

April 12, 2018

Lynn Benrud’s Story Proves You Never Know Where Volunteering Might Take You

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Lynn Benrud was covering her weekly lunchtime volunteer shift at Mayo Clinic when she met the man she was going to marry. Seven years after their first meeting, her husband is now a Mayo volunteer, too.

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Tags: Art Bernard, Lynn Benrud, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services


It's Official: John McKee Becomes a Mayo Volunteer

August 22, 2017

It’s Official: John McKee Becomes a Mayo Volunteer

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John McKee sold his home in Iowa and moved to Rochester to give back in the best way he knew how: as a grateful Mayo volunteer. 

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Welcome Desks a Welcome Sight to Patients, Visitors and Staff at Mayo Clinic

July 27, 2017

Welcome Desks a Welcome Sight to Patients, Visitors and Staff at Mayo Clinic

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“Why is there no train if it’s called a subway?” “Why don’t they install moving walkways, like at airports?” “How do you get to Carroll’s Corn?”

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Tags: Bonnie Maher, Brian Lesher, Carol Swanson, Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services


May 2, 2017

Taking the Fear out of the Hospital, With Furry Friends and Fun

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It may look like Amy K. Olson’s job is all fun and games. Her 9-to-5 routine includes activities like playing bingo, bandaging dolls and leading crazy “crafternoons.” But for Olson, a child life specialist at Mayo Clinic Children’s Center, all that play has a serious purpose. “Our job in child life is to provide education […]

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Tags: Amy K. Olson, Caring Canines, Child Life Specialist, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services


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