What's a volunteer worth?
A bunch to Bristol Hospital.
According to Patricia Fournier, the hospital's director of volunteers, the 400 people who donate their time to the hospital together give 36,000 hours each year -- adding up to a half a million dollar in savings for the hospital annually.
The hospital held a lunch at Nuchies on Tuesday to say thanks. About 50 volunteers were there, mostly seniors. I stopped by and wrote about it for Wednesday's edition of The Bristol Press (www.bristolpress.com)
The hospital isn't the only place in town where volunteers make a difference. Hardly any non-profit organization can survive without its dedicated volunteers. City Hall is also filled with volunteers who serve on city boards and commissions for no pay and sometimes lots of grief.
Thanks, volunteers, for all you do, and keep up the good work!