Partners in Service

Whether you are a local church group, civic organization, small business or large corporation, Volunteer Services invites your group to share in the volunteer experience. Some hospital patients may not have family or friends in the area to visit them, and it can be a very lonely experience to combat an illness alone. Hospital patients and families may benefit significantly from the interaction of a volunteer. 

Through partnering with Houston Methodist, groups help others and give participants the opportunity to connect with fellow organization members and people in the community. Our partners in service collaborate in teams of eight or more in areas such as hospitality, patient visitation and therapeutic healing projects.

Volunteerism is a fundamental component of many corporations’ philanthropic and community outreach programs. Corporate volunteering can facilitate teamwork and allow employees to get to know their coworkers outside the workplace. Aside from the tangible benefits of volunteering, volunteering at Houston Methodist Hospital can provide an improved sense of self-worth, pride and accomplishment while improving the lives of patients.

Partners commit to at least three hours per month for a span of at least six months, with the option of scheduling projects at night or on weekends.

There are several areas in which a volunteer may become involved:
  • Knit or sew items for patients 
  • Decorate family waiting rooms — Corporate partners assist with decorating family waiting rooms in creative themes. This is a corporate partner favorite! Decorated family rooms create a mental escape for the families waiting on loved ones while in the hospital.
  • Assist with therapeutic healing projects
  • Friendly visitors — Volunteers join patient families in waiting rooms with board and cards games for fun moments of gaming
  • Holiday crafts — Corporate partners use the arts to help distract patients and guests from their hospital stay. Arts and crafts projects make great opportunities for patients to receive gifts for the holiday; create a craft for a loved one during their stay (e.g., Valentine’s Day cards, potted flower arrangements for Mother’s Day and care packages for Christmas).
  • Pamper the employee — This allows corporate partners that do not have patient contact to have one-on-one interaction with employees in high-stress areas of our hospital (e.g., deliver snacks to nurses’ stations, volunteer at Employee Massage Day). 
  • Donation drives — Periodically, Volunteer Services holds drives to replenish supplies needed to sustain our programs, as well as the Annual Spring Bunny Drive to collect new stuffed bunnies for patients. Partners also can hold their own drives outside the hospital (e.g., Back-2-School Drive, Holiday Stocking Drive, and Care Package Drive).
  • Blood Drive — Corporate partners assist the Houston Methodist Blood Donation Center during blood drives. 

Research says:
  • Volunteering with colleagues creates stronger, more collaborative relationships which add value in any work setting. 
  • 64 percent of employees who currently volunteer said that volunteering with work colleagues has strengthened their relationships.
  • 87 percent  of people who said that volunteering helped their career responded that volunteering has developed their people skills and teamwork skills. 
  • 81 percent  of employed volunteers who volunteered through their workplace agreed that volunteering together strengthens relationships among colleagues. 
  • Four out of five employed people who have volunteered through their workplace in the past 12 months say that they feel better about their employer because of the employer’s involvement in volunteer activities. 

Source: United Health Group. Doing Good is Good for You: 2013 Health and Volunteering Study.

Projects can be designed to meet the needs of your group. For more information, please contact Cheronda Rutherford at or 713.441.3359.