Vince, volunteering abroad at an orphanage in Romania
Where do you volunteer, and how long have you been volunteering at Children’s?
I float to all of the impatient floors, and have been volunteering for 8 years.
What is your educational background and future career interest?
I have completed some college, but decided to take a little break. I want to eventually become a School Counselor or Child Social Worker. Just as long as I work with kids, it does not matter.
What first brought you to Children’s as a volunteer?
When I worked for Old Navy, I worked with another Children’s volunteer who gave me an application that I never filled out. I ended up having to do volunteer work later as a requirement for one of my college classes. I thought that since I love working with kids and had spent a lot of time here when I was younger, Children’s would be the best place for me.
“When I’m not volunteering, I like to…”
- Watch UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) bouts
- Hang out with friends
- Watch Minnesota Twins baseball
What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
Everything from the oohing and aahing of an infant, to a giggle from a toddler, to a laugh from a teenager. I enjoy the opportunities that I receive from volunteering: I get to get beat playing Mario Kart, play house, watch Elmo for a few hours, or wear a tiara while riding a tricycle down the hall. (Editor’s Note: We’d like a picture of this, please!) The fact that I am brightening a day for someone makes it all worthwhile. The fact that I get the opportunity to do what I love to do also makes it all worthwhile.
P.S. In his spare time, Vince also likes to impersonate Peter Billingsley from “A Christmas Story”…can you guess the real Ralphie??
Thank you so much, Vince, for sharing your contagious enthusiasm & humor with us!