Children’s Volunteer Services Presents: Red-Vested Rockstar!
1. Why she ROCKS!!
“My name is Pamela Neal and I have been volunteering for over 15 years: the past six have been with Children’s Hospital, St. Paul. I have enjoyed over 1500 hours of great times with some awesome children. What most people don’t see when they look at me is that I love to be goofy. Children just love it when an adult does the unpredictable!” Pamela has helped Children’s in so many ways, volunteering in many roles including helping at events, in the library, at the Welcome Desk, in Epilepsy and on the inpatient floors. Her smile is contagious, and we feel so grateful to have her on our volunteer team.
2. Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?
“Outside of volunteering, I enjoy gourmet cooking, exercise, reading, travel, photography and the lake. I never tire of the ever-changing scenery and seeing numerous animals in their natural habitat.”
3. Do you have any kids or pets of your own?
“I have two daughters and have had many pets, including dogs, cats, horses, birds, chickens, a donkey, goat and pig. And I love cows; they are so funny to watch!”
4. If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?
“I would LOVE TO! Realistically, almost everyone loves candy. To find natural healthy ingredients which would satisfy the senses, but do not contain the high amounts of sugars and fat would be the goal. I’m a caramel-chocolate-nut kind of girl…’”
5. Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:
“My favorite story revolves around the many children who I’ve been gifted in being a part of their growth and development. Sadly, many children remain in the hospital for an extended period of time. I connect with these children on a daily basis to complement their continuity of care. As a volunteer, the children become comfortable with our daily interaction, which provides a person who they know will come to play and comfort them. To see their smiles when you enter the room just makes my day.”
“Volunteering is a calling. I am compelled to spend as much time as I can with the children whose parents are unable to give the time needed to a child in the hospital. Short hospital stays are traumatic enough for a child and their family; children who spend extended amounts of time in the hospital don’t understand that their parents/family have so many other obligations such as other children, work, or living far away. The nurses and other hospital employees are not always able to spend the amount of time a child with a child that they require (which is where volunteers come in). The personal reward is priceless. “
“A huge thanks to all of the staff and Children’s Hospital for providing their support of volunteers!”