Volunteer Recognition Week Profile: Lisseth DeGracia

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Lisseth DeGracia

Where do you volunteer, and how long have you been volunteering?

I have been volunteering at Children’s since January 2010, so a little over a year now. I am a float volunteer, which means that I am on a number of different floors and get to work with a variety of patients, which I love. 

What is your educational background and future career interest?

I am currently a nursing student, and will graduate with my RN degree this May.  I hope to work with children when I am done with school:  any age would be wonderful, but taking care of tiny babies would be my dream come true! Volunteering at Children’s has absolutely confirmed to me that I chose the right career path. 

What first brought you to Children’s as a volunteer?

When a child is sick or hospitalized, they do not understand why. They are taken out of their normal environment, and are in a very vulnerable state. If I can make even a little difference in their stay at the hospital becoming a positive experience, then I am satisfied. I decided to volunteer because I wanted to give back a little, and could not think of a better way to do it.  I decided to volunteer to see a smile on the face of a child that really needs a smile.

What kinds of things do you enjoy doing when you’re not volunteering?

Outside of volunteering, I am a full-time mother, a full-time nursing student, and a full-time employee at Lifetime Fitness and Seven the Steakhouse in Minneapolis. When I have free time, my favorite thing to do with it is spend time with my two little boys. Whether we are watching a movie, playing outside, or wrestling in the living room, I love being with them. I also love sports, and play soccer one night a week on a co-ed adult soccer team. Being outside is another one of my favorite things, so I am very excited to see this snow melting!

What do you enjoy most about volunteering?

In one word:  EVERYTHING. I love being at Children’s. What I enjoy most about volunteering is seeing these kids’ faces light up. I love seeing them get excited when they kick my butt in a game I very well could have won, I love seeing them look at me and know that they are enjoying themselves, I love when babies fall asleep in my arms and I know that they are content; I love when I see them happy. There are so many things that I enjoy, I could go on and on and on. Every time I leave Children’s, I know that my outlook on life and positivity have grown just a little.

Thank you, Lisseth, for spreading your warmth & positive energy across our inpatient units!

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