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President-elect Barack Obama has declared Monday, Jan. 19, as a National Day of Service, inviting Americans to give back to their community. For 100 years, countless volunteers have assisted MeritCare patients, guests and staff in many ways – this important partnership with the community is the foundation of MeritCare.

President-elect Barack Obama has declared Monday, Jan. 19, as a National Day of Service, inviting Americans to give back to their community. For 100 years, countless volunteers have assisted MeritCare patients, guests and staff in many ways – this important partnership with the community is the foundation of MeritCare.

For example, volunteers help by acting as a liaison between staff and patients in the emergency center, rock babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, play piano in the main hospital lobby and deliver flowers to patients. Volunteers also provide pet therapy for patients, read stories to pediatric patients and visitors and facilitate workshops for people with diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure or other on-going health conditions. MeritCare has many volunteer opportunities for individuals 17-years-old and higher. For a complete list of volunteer opportunities, visit meritcare.com, keyword: volunteer, or call MeritCare volunteer services at (701) 234-5940.