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Pandemic Perseverance: How Our Volunteers are Making an Impact

Pandemic Perseverance: How Our Volunteers are Making an Impact

As we look toward National Volunteer Week 2021, Friends of Strong reflects on a remarkable year of perseverance for our community, and for our volunteers. The pandemic has led to countless changes in our community, and the absence of more than 1,300 smiling volunteers we’re used to seeing in the Med Center is among the most significant. Since COVID-19’s first emerged in our community, Friends of Strong has worked hard to redesign our volunteer program to provide additional training and protocols to safely welcome back our crew of enthusiastic volunteers.

Teaming Up to Provide Warmth and Comfort for Patients in Need

Teaming Up to Provide Warmth and Comfort for Patients in Need

In anticipation of the cold Rochester winter that lies ahead, Friends of Strong is again teaming up with the Emergency Department to host a winter coat drive to provide a warm coat to patients in need who are awaiting discharge from the hospital. This year, Advantage Federal Credit Union is also joining in to help make the annual initiative a success by “hosting” donation bins at their URMC and Penfield branch locations.

Strong's Pet Therapy Dogs Back for Another Year of Endless Cuddles

Strong's Pet Therapy Dogs Back for Another Year of Endless Cuddles

Back by pupular demand—our 2020 PET Therapy Dog wall calendar featuring our adorable (and growing) pack of therapy dogs is now available at the Friends of Strong Gift Shop. Even better, all proceeds from the calendars benefit patient- and family-centered care at Strong Memorial Hospital.

 

Share the Warmth: A Coat Drive for Patients in Need

Share the Warmth: A Coat Drive for Patients in Need

Help us provide a warm coat to patients in need. In anticipation of the cold Rochester winter that lies ahead, as well as great success last year, Friends of Strong is again teaming up with the Emergency Department to host a winter coat drive for adult male patients awaiting discharge. Many women’s coats are on-hand from last year’s drive—although men’s coats remain an urgent need.

Friends of Strong Welcomes Record Number of High School Students to the URMC Family

Friends of Strong Welcomes Record Number of High School Students to the URMC Family

Thirty-one departments and units across Strong Memorial Hospital answered the call and, this week Friends of Strong welcomes its largest cohort of summer high school volunteers in the program’s 29 year history. Ages 14-18, 311 ambitious young students will spend the next eight weeks enhancing the patient care experience. Read more about some of the stand-out kids joining the URMC team this week.