Children’s Volunteer Services presents:
Buds in Scrubs!
1. Meet Charles:
Charles works as a Unit Operations Coordinator in the Surgery department in Minneapolis. He has held this title for about 1 ½ years. Before this position, he worked as a Child Life Associate in Sibling Play and Concierge at the Welcome Desk. “None of this would have been possible if I didn’t start out as a volunteer in 2002.” What a neat Children’s history!
2. Favorite thing to do outside of work?
“I’m competitive, so playing games and taking names is probablyat the top of my list, especially with my kids. I also enjoy watching Vikings football, spending time with friends and family, and driving in the snow.”
3. Do you have any kids or pets of your own?
“Two children, Finnegan (6) and Adeline (3 ½).”
4. What is your favorite book and/or movie?
“Star Wars IV, but before Lucas decided to add all of the extra junk to it. I can’t say that I have a favorite book; too many good ones to choose from!”
5. Who was your hero as a kid?
6. Who is your hero now?
7. If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?
“Caramel, sea salt, dark chocolate, peanut butter, and pretzels. I’d name them ‘Charlie’s Lil’ Craps.’ No one would buy them, and I’d get to eat them all!”
8. What do you love most about your job at Children’s?
“When I’m able to make a difference in a family’s experience. In the surgery center, we see a lot of parents that are stressed and not used to the powerless feeling that comes with sending a child into surgery. I help to make the time spent in our department a little less stressful ,which is wonderful: I really enjoy making a family smile, either with a joke or delivering good news.”
9. Share a work experience involving volunteers:
“My job would be impossible without the continuous help and support that I get from all of the amazing volunteers in our department. When my role first expanded to Family Waiting Room Supervisor, I asked for some ideas from the volunteers about how to make the surgery experience better. The responses were overwhelming, which showed me just how much volunteers cared about everything that we do for the families. It really impressed upon me how much volunteers invest into their jobs, and made me proud to work hand-in-hand with such a great group.”