Upstate volunteers now wear new, brighter color to stand out to patients, guests

Hundreds of dedicated and valuable volunteers at Upstate University Hospital are now a little easier to spot.

With more than 800 people volunteering annually through Upstate’s Office of Volunteer Programs, volunteer services are critical to helping patients and visitors at Upstate’s downtown and Community campuses. For many years those volunteers have worn navy blue shirts, vests and jackets to distinguish them from other people in the hospital. But navy blue tends to be a common color, said Kristin Bruce, director of volunteer services.

“I don’t think people always know that we have volunteers because you don’t always see them,” Bruce said. “Now you won’t be able to miss them.”

Starting in mid-November, all Upstate volunteers have begun wearing new, bright blue polos, T-shirts and vests to make them stand out in Upstate spaces. The volunteer hue—a blue the color of a swimming pool on a sunny summer day—is unique among Upstate colors assigned to departments such as environmental (green), transport (purple) or operating room staff (turquoise or maroon). And the T-shirts say “Volunteer” in large white letters across the back, which should help them stand out even more.

“It’s such a bright color you’ll be able to spot a volunteer right away,” Bruce said. “And if you’re lost, that’s a big help.”

Upstate volunteers are eager to help patients and visitors to the hospital, she said. Increased volunteer visibility should help everyone do their jobs better, Bruce said.

“Volunteers are such a part of our mission and they impact the Upstate experience,” she said. “And you don’t see very many people in that color so now you’ll know just who they are.”

Caption: Upstate volunteers, from left, Halleluyah “Lou” Adebiyi and Stanley Simon model two versions of the new Upstate volunteer uniforms.

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