You would be hard pressed to find an area of Nebraska Medicine that the Volunteer Services program hasn't touched. Transplant patients, in particular, come to depend on a variety of services provided best by volunteers. In fact, families from all over the world are often pleasantly surprised by how Nebraska Medicine volunteers make them feel more at home in Omaha.
Patients need not be bothered with cab fare for trips to and from the airport, bus or train station. Thanks to a unique program, transportation volunteers help to make staying in an unfamiliar city much easier for families with or without their own transportation. This program makes every effort to provide:
- Volunteers between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., seven days a week
- Rides regularly scheduled to local grocery stores and retail outlets
Transplant patients have the option of being assigned a volunteer companion. This unique program was awarded a "Point of Light" from former President George H. Bush in 1991 and highlights:
- Volunteers specially trained in the transplant experience
- A friendly face and a ready ear
- An extra set of hands to help during and after hospitalization
- Assistance with running errands, doing laundry, writing letters or simply helping families pass the time
Look Good... Feel Better
In conjunction with the American Cancer Society, volunteers offer sessions for women recovering from cancer treatment and provide:
- A cosmetologist trained in using makeup, wigs and accessories to help women cope with appearance changes caused by chemotherapy and radiation
- A complimentary package of cosmetics valued at more than $200
Whether you need a magazine to pass the time or a balloon to cheer up a child, Volunteer Services has the answer for you.
- CornerStone Gifts, located in the University Tower
- Clarkson Gift Shop, located in Clarkson Tower
More information about Nebraska Medicine volunteers can be found by calling the Volunteer Services office at 402.559.4197.