Volunteer Recognition Week Profile: Fay Sullivan

April 11th, 2011

If you looked up “dedication” in the dictionary, you just might come across a picture of Fay Sullivan.  Fay currently holds the distinction of being our “longest active volunteer”–she has been a weekly volunteer for the past thirty-three years.   In these years, Fay has accumulated nearly 5,000 hours of service, and this incredible feat is a testament to her kindness, compassion, and work ethic.  

Below, Fay explains her Children’s volunteer journey in her own words:

“I’ve been many places here, volunteering.  I started out rocking babies, served as a ‘bedside buddy,’ and volunteered in the library, reading to kids.  Right now, I volunteer in the Family Waiting Room.  Altogether, I’ve been here volunteering at Children’s for 33 years!

In 1977, I lost a sixteen-year-old son in a car accident.  I was devastated, but immediately thought of Children’s Hospitals & Clinics.  I came shortly after Children’s founder Arnie Anderson had also lost a grown son in an accident, and he was a tremendous help to me.

I have always volunteered, even though I had six children!  I have season tickets to the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; plus, I love theatre.  I have season tickets to the Jungle and Penumbra Theatres.  I also love spending time with my family.  In addition to volunteering at Children’s, I volunteer at my church, doing their linens and visiting shut-ins.”

When asked what she enjoys most about volunteering at Children’s, Fay says, simply, “It has always given me a happy heart.”

Thank you, Fay, for your many years of service to Children’s!  You are truly an asset to our volunteer program.

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