Methodist Mansfield Medical Center has been blessed to have volunteers who make a difference in people’s lives, giving their time and effort to help others. The dedicated volunteers and auxiliary members at Methodist Mansfield are integral members of our team who have concern for others and offer an extra-special touch of compassion to those with whom they come in contact. They work throughout the hospital to give of themselves, lifting the spirits of others during a difficult time, bringing companionship to patients and families and supporting the hospital in fund-raising and administrative efforts.Even before we opened our doors, Methodist Mansfield was blessed to have an auxiliary that raised awareness in the community about our hospital and the benefits it would bring. Now, six years later, the volunteers and auxiliary remains a vital part of our care team. Whether they’re working in fund-raising, operating the gift shop or assisting patients, visitors and staff, volunteers are essential in almost every area of the hospital, touching lives with acts of kindness, generosity and compassion.National Volunteer Week, April 21-27, gives us an opportunity to shine the spotlight on these outstanding individuals and recognize and honor their efforts. Our incredible group of 100-plus volunteers is committed to helping care for patients and families with their selfless service. They’re one of our most valuable assets, and they enable us to offer some of the best care possible to the people in our community. They play an indispensable role, providing more than 18,000 hours of service last year alone.We are grateful for our volunteers’ passion and dedication, and during National Volunteer Week, we take time to celebrate and thank them for the honorable work that they do. It’s an opportunity to remind ourselves — as well as our community — that Methodist Mansfield volunteers are the true points of light who give of themselves and help make life shine bright for all of us. Let’s all take a moment this week to recognize and thank our volunteers.For more information about volunteer opportunities at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, visit www.methodisthealthsystem.org/volunteer.