Volunteer Recognition Week Profile: Vince Opheim


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
  • Run
  • Hang out with friends
  • Watch Minnesota Twins baseball
  • Laugh!

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.

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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!

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