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Your volunteer assistance is needed now more than ever

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - While the season of giving is over, volunteers are still in high demand around the Chippewa Valley.

After retiring last year, Roxanne Miescke knew she wanted to lend a helping hand somehow.

"I wanted to be able to go out and help people," she said. "I had a desk job for 16 years at a computer so I thought this would work out pretty good."

She volunteers at HSHS Sacred Heart's Information Desk every Tuesday and Thursday.

"I just enjoy the camaraderie, and I like helping the assistants with helping other people," Miescke said.

Volunteer Services Director at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, Mary Pengra, told News 18 the number of volunteers at the hospital tends to drop after the holiday season. 

"Part of that is because we have volunteers that go on 'snowbird status' and that means they are escaping the very cold weather down somewhere much warmer than here," Pengra said. "We also see a decrease with our students, especially at the college level, because they take their winter breaks and leave before Christmas, and they don't come back typically until the first week of February." 

If you're looking to give more of your time this year, The United Way has a book of 82 organizations that need volunteers around western Wisconsin.

The book is published every April with updated opportunities throughout the area.

"There's so many benefits to volunteering. One is that you increase your own personal satisfaction in improving the Chippewa Valley," Kathy Cooper, volunteer coordinator for the United Way said.

Margaret Berg, a volunteer at Sacred Heart Hospital told News 18 she's been volunteering at the hospital for 25 years. Berg believes volunteering should happen all year round. 

"I enjoy doing things and helping other people," Berg said. "Not just the patients but also other employees in the hospital."

For a list of volunteer opportunities in the area, you can visit the United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley or HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital's volunteering opportunities. 

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