Children’s Volunteer Services presents: Red-Vested Rockstar!
1. Why she ROCKS?!
“My interest in volunteering started when I was in high school. I always wanted to help my community, but I did not know where or how to start. I started volunteering at my church, but I did not feel satisfied. Later in my high school year, I participated in this program called Internship/Mentorship where I was given the opportunity to explore a career of my interest while also doing community work. I chose Children’s Hospitals and Clinics because I was confident that I wanted to be a pediatrician someday. Throughout my three years volunteering at Children’s, I have discovered that my interests are different than the desire to serve as a member of the medical personnel. With this message in mind, I went around my community, especially the Latino community, and started tutoring adult students. These volunteer experiences have helped me find my definition of helping: dedicating my time to provide a positive experience for families and children. Currently, I am attending the University of Minnesota: I am a junior majoring in Individualized Studies with emphases in Child Psychology, Family Social Science and Public Health. Also, I am a peer mentor for Freshmen Latinos. I will be studying abroad in South Africa this upcoming winter break!”
2. Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?
“When I am not volunteering, I enjoy dancing and scrapbooking. I also enjoy spending time with family, watching scary movies, and playing tennis and soccer.”
3. Do you have any kids or pets of your own?
4. If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?
“My new candy bar’s name would be KARM. It would be made of milk chocolate, inside would have caramel, and it would be covered with coconut strips.”
5. Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:
“It was a Friday, and I was beginning my shift. As usual, I went up to the 8th floor to check in with the nurses and see if they needed a volunteer. As I was walking onto the floor, I heard people speaking in Spanish. I was not sure what was going on, so slowly I walked up to the nurses. As I was walking in, this 6-year old girl looked at me and said, “Do you want to play with me?” I was not expecting this immediate invitation; however I knelt down and happily responded with a “yes.” At first, we were playing Candy Land. As we were playing, she mentioned that she was going home. She was very happy! However, she said she was going to miss the hospital, especially the volunteers! As we were finishing our tenth round of Candy Land, she wanted to take a ride on a wagon. We were getting ready to go for a ride when we noticed filmmakers coming in. I did not know what was going on. From her family, I found out that she was shooting a video about her successful therapy. As they were getting ready to start the video, I was ready to leave, but the little girl stopped me and asked me to stay with her. Other than having cultural connections with this family, I was able to be part of a positive experience that this little girl could encounter during her stay at Children’s Hospital.”
Thank you so much, Fanny, for helping to create positive experiences for the patients and families here at Children’s!