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Valuable hospital volunteers

Cedar Rapids (KWWL) - Hospitals are celebrating National Volunteer Week, and in this economy, volunteers are more valuable than ever.

For example, St. Luke's volunteers in Cedar Rapids work the equivalent of 46 employees.

At the University of Iowa Hospitals, more than 1,300 people volunteered last year.

Volunteers range from high school students to retirees. They work in many departments helping answer phone calls, work in the gift shop and assist patients and visitors.

There will be an appreciation celebration for St. Luke's volunteers Friday from 4-6 pm at the African American Museum in Cedar Rapids.


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