Sparrow Volunteers recognized during National Volunteer Week

Published: April 28, 2017

LANSING, MI – It’s National Volunteer Week and Sparrow is recognizing the many Volunteers who founded our hospital and continue to provide quality, compassionate care every day.

Sparrow Volunteer Maria Jose Martinez was named this week as Youth Volunteer of the Year by the Capital Area United Way. Maria, a senior at Lansing Everett High School, is a Volunteer at Sparrow Hospital’s Neuroscience unit, besides participating in numerous other community activities.

“Sparrow has more than 2,000 Volunteers who serve to improve the Patient care experience, from giving their time to support family members, providing direct Patient care, and many behind-the-scenes activities that include sewing, operating our gift shops, and working within offices and departments,” said Melissa Sherry, Director of Sparrow Volunteer Services.

It was a Volunteer group known as the Women’s Hospital Association, an organization that continues to thrive today, that founded Sparrow in 1896. Much has changed over the past 121 years, but Volunteers continue to be a crucial part of Sparrow’s mission to improve the health of the mid-Michigan region.

Anyone interested in becoming a Sparrow Volunteer can call 517.364.3606 or visit

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Maria Jose Martinez