Monthly Archives: October 2012

Happy Halloween!

Trick or treat, dress-up and eat, whatever you do…have a SPOOKTACULAR Halloween!

We at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota are celebrating with fun themes on Star Studio, in-hospital trick-or-treating and fun face painting/cookie decorating!

Red Vested Rockstar: Angela Chang

Angela catching a ride!


Children’s Volunteer Services presents: Red-Vested Rockstar!

 Meet Angela!

1.   Why she ROCKS?!

 Angela started volunteering at Children’s  in 2006. She loves kids ‘and their adorable smiles’ and simply has a blast volunteering here! Angela has helped out on the inpatient units, in the Surgery Family Waiting Room, and most recently serves as a Peri-operative Escort in the Surgery Department. Within the past year, her passion for Children’s found her a position as a medical scribe at Children’s on the St. Paul Campus. She just can’t get enough of Children’s!

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

 “I love dancing, shopping, sewing and spending time with family and friends!”

 3.   Do you have any kids or pets of your own?

 “No, not yet at least!”

 4.   If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

 “I think if I made a new candy bar, it would have to be a chocolate-covered cookie, hazelnut and caramel candy. I would call it Crazelnuts!’

 5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

    “There are an endless amount of great experiences I’ve had volunteering. The most recent I would say, was when my hip hop student group (Hip Hope) from the University of Minnesota was featured live on Star Studio. It was so much fun to talk and play games with kids over the phone or in person. At the end, we had a little guy in the audience who decided to join us up on stage to dance!”


Red-Vested Rockstar: Marjorie Branum

Marjorie having fun in the office!


Children’s Volunteer Services presents: Red-Vested Rockstar!

Meet Marjorie!

1.   Why she ROCKS!?!

 Marjorie is working towards her nursing degree at Normandale, with the goal of becoming a pediatric nurse! When her class was told that Children’s was looking for volunteers, she leapt at the opportunity. Marjorie volunteers because she adores children and wants to make a difference in their lives, even if only for a few hours a week.

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

 “Some of my favorite things include spending time with my husband and family, reading (my husband teases me that I could open a library with all of the books that I have), sewing, and baking.”

 3.   Do you have any kids or pets of your own?

 “Three lovely cats have adopted my husband and I.”

 4.   If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

 “I’m more of a cupcake girl than a candy bar girl, but I would want to make a candy bar with raspberries and lemon, wrapped in either white or dark chocolate…or a candy bar that tastes like Dr. Pepper, my favorite soda!’

 5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

   “One of my favorite things about volunteering at Children’s is watching the children interact. These children will share, look out for, and comfort other children that they have just met! It is so awesome! I have seen a child plant a plant with Leonard (horticultural therapy volunteer), then turn around and give it to another child who was unable to plant one because she was having some tests run that didn’t allow her to plant one herself. Children have invited others to play with them so that no one feels left out. I have overheard one child tell another patient not to be afraid of getting an MRI, then explain how it works in a simplistic manner. Every day is my favorite day at Children’s!”


“Wash ‘Em Proud” Music Video Opportunity!

Want to showcase your best dance moves for a good cause?  All Children’s staff and volunteers are invited to participate in the filming of a “Wash ‘Em Proud” (hand hygiene) MUSIC VIDEO on Monday, October 29th!  The filming will take place from 3:30-4:30 pm at Children’s-Minneapolis.  Video participants will be taught 2-3 very simple dance moves and asked to do a bit of lip-synching:  the final product will appear on Children’s in-house TV station, Children’s external website, YouTube, and Facebook! 

Please contact Tera Bollig ([email protected]) by Monday, October 22nd to sign up for this awesome event!  (Jenna and Ingrid, Minneapolis volunteer coordinators, are already rehearsing! :))

10/10 Orientation: Hooray! New Volunteers!

Two orientations in one week!?!  We are on a roll with our great new volunteers!

Last night, 15 new volunteers joined us for orientation. We extend a warm welcome to:

Breanna Bach

Jessica Bell

Nicholas Demarco

Kelsey Fairchild

Carole Falconer

Kelsey Hobbie

Jasmine Jones

Laura Kerber

Madeline Kiley

Nyima Lhamo

Jessica Madison

Athena Rieck

Mary Thill Pheifer

Molly Troy

Craig Williams

Welcome, New Volunteers!

Thank you for joining our volunteer program! We’re excited to have you onboard!

10/6 Orientation: Welcome, New Volunteers!

This morning, 14 new faces joined Children’s volunteer team!  We would like to extend a warm welcome to the following new volunteers:

Lisa Bowker
Lindsay Cregar
Erin Foley
Phillip Hanson
Kristi Jacobsen
Terri Janus
Jenna Johnson
Katie Kensy
Nathan Lenz
Khando Palmo
Samantha Rossin
Kaisa Sarkinen
Ami Tillemans
Taryn Wichterman

Coming soon to a department or unit near you!

 Thanks to each of you for sharing your time & talents with us!  We’re excited to have you onboard!

Children’s COOKBOOK!

Enjoy cooking, baking or simply have a recipe to share?

Be a part of the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Cookbook!


All Participants will automatically be entered into a drawing for IMAX tickets, Science Museum tickets, and hotel packages at the Sheraton!

For more information or to submit a recipe, contact Ingrid: (612) 813-6170, or [email protected]

Red-Vested Rockstar: Derran Bedward

Derran and the infamous 'handwasher!'


Children’s Volunteer Services presents: Red-Vested Rockstar!

 Meet Derran!

1.   Why he ROCKS!?!

 Derran is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, majoring in Kinsesiology, under Pre-Medicine. He hopes to become a surgeon in either Pediatrics or Orthopedics. His family originated from Jamaica, although he was born right next door, at Abbott Northwestern! He has lived in Minneapolis (in the SAME house!) his whole life. Derran came on board late August, and we are THRILLED to have his enthusiasm and playful spirit on our volunteer team!

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

 “I enjoy spending time with my friends and family because there is nothing better than laughing with those you love and care about. In addition to that, being a Seventh-Day Adventist Christian, I enjoy participating in all of my various church programs and events.”

 3.   Do you have any kids or pets of your own?

 “I have no kids (though I love babies) and no pets.”

 4.   If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

 “Well, I don’t really like chocolate (yeah, yeah…weird, I know), so it would be one not made out of chocolate. It would be amazing, and I would call it“Chocoless!”  Haha!’

 5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

 “My favorite volunteer experience thus far would have to be my very first day. Ms. Ingrid and I were on my tour when we came across this handwashing machine that neither of us had ever used until that day. It honestly looked like two turbines that sprayed soapy solution on your hands, and then partially dried them. It was awesome!!”