Blog Post

Volunteering: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

November 23, 2021

Tara Horinek, Freeman Volunteer Services and Gift Shop Manager
There is one gift you can add to your Christmas list this year that will keep on giving, and it’s completely free! What is this gift you might ask? The gift of volunteering.

Freeman Volunteers make a difference in the community by lending patients and visitors a helping hand during their time of need. When you join our team of volunteers, you choose where you would like to work – Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East or Freeman Neosho Hospital. You also select the volunteer position that best suits you. Our goal is to match your interests with our needs.

Volunteer locations include:

  • Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute
  • Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute
  • Freeman Gift Gallery
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Information Desk
  • Surgery Check-In Desk

Volunteering at Freeman can be very rewarding, and there are many reasons our volunteers love being a part of our program

Helping Patients

People who come to the hospital often have stress or anxiety about their current situation. Our volunteers enjoy greeting our patients and visitors with a smile. Volunteers at the information desk help guide patients and visitors to locations in the hospital. Likewise, our volunteers at Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute provide a calming spirit and listening ear for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

Meeting New People

Freeman Volunteers are like a family and support one another. Our volunteers come from all walks of life. We have volunteers who are students, retirees and people who are actively in the workforce. Anyone aged 16 to 90+ can volunteer at Freeman. If you like people and want to help people, this is the program for you.

Helping the Community

When you join the Freeman Volunteer Program you also become a member of the Freeman Auxiliary, which is another way to help the community. Freeman Auxiliary raises money to provide funds for hospital equipment, services, scholarships, community needs and more. Our volunteers in Freeman Gift Gallery help ring up customer purchases, and all proceeds from Freeman Gift Gallery sales support Freeman Auxiliary projects.

Ready to give the gift of your time? Contact the Freeman Volunteer Program Manager at 417.347.4603 or visit to learn more.