Bill Gauger has made a bit of a name for himself at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs. A volunteer since about three year’s ago, Gauger of Grain Valley volunteers to perform one of the most essential duties at the hospital: delivering mail.

Bill Gauger has made a bit of a name for himself at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs. A volunteer since about three year’s ago, Gauger of Grain Valley volunteers to perform one of the most essential duties at the hospital: delivering mail.

1) Why did you decide to volunteer your time at St. Mary’s?
A friend told me one cold winter day three years ago how I could get the exercise I wanted. He said St. Mary’s needed another mailman to walk the halls and deliver mail. So I applied and was accepted into the Volunteer Corps (as I call it).

2) What have been your most memorable experiences volunteering?
Meeting the people. I travel to 62 locations throughout the hospital and come across many people, employees, patients and visitors alike. I love meeting people and try to be an ambassador of good will for the hospital with a smile and a hello. I also played Santa for the children of the employees last Christmas. What a blast!

3) Describe the community of volunteers at the hospital and how they make it a better place.
The volunteers are wonderful folks! Everyone is so friendly it makes you feel great. We are kind of like a little family, especially with my Tuesday group. We’re all friends.

4) How can others get involved at the hospital?
Volunteering is very easy.  One can stop by the information desk at the main entrance and pick up an application and a flier on our activities or call my boss, Lillian Ratcliff, at 655-5362, and she can send one to you. I love it, it’s a great place to work.

5) You also volunteer with the American Legion. Can you tell us about that?
I am a member of American Legion Post 499 in Blue Springs. I am the Post Chaplain and I volunteer with the Honor Guard providing Military Honors to veterans at their funerals. It is quite moving to see. 

What others say: Lillian Ratcliff, volunteer coordinator at St. Mary’s Medical Center
Bill has been a volunteer at St. Mary’s Medical Center for a little over three years. He comes on Tuesday, and he delivers the in-house mail – all kinds of mail. Every time he comes here he says he loves it here, which is amazing. He likes the people, knows them, and he understands the importance of the mail. He’s had an interesting life and background. He’s a joy to have around.

About the volunteer program at St. Mary’s Medical Center
Volunteer opportunities at St. Mary’s are varied and are filled by many different kinds of people. Opportunities are very diverse, and hospital organizers make a point to match volunteers and their specific skills and schedule with where they can make the most impact. Some choose areas relating to what they used to do for a living; others do new activities as a challenge.
Some patient-related activities that volunteers can do include providing support in visitor waiting rooms and patient care areas; transfer patients between various service areas or upon discharge; serve as a patient advocate by visiting with patients and helping address their questions.


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