Archive for May, 2013

Red-Vested Rockstar: Rachel Lerman

Friday, May 31st, 2013

 

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

 Meet Rachel!

1.   Why she ROCKS?!

 “I first applied to volunteer at the hospital when I was in 8th grade.  I always have loved helping people and giving back to my community.  My older sister was also a volunteer, so I followed in her footsteps.  I officially started when I was a freshman, and have spent time on various floors.  I am currently a senior in high school, and spend a lot of my time not only volunteering at the hospital, but at many other organizations.”  

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

 “Outside of volunteering, I love spending time with my family, shopping, and traveling to new places.”

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

 “I have a dog named Bella.  She is a little white fluffy dog.”

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

“If I could create a new candy bar, it would have peanut butter, caramel, milk chocolate, and Rice Krispy cereal. I would name it ChocoPop.”

 5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

   “When I first started volunteering, I was in the NICU.  Week after week, I walked in and held the same baby over and over again.  It was an eye-opening experience to connect with that baby during my volunteering.  Another experience occurred when I was on 3rd floor playing with a young boy.  In the middle of us talking and playing, he looked up at me and said, “You know, one day I will be like you; volunteering here when I am old enough.  I want to help people.”  It was amazing to hear someone so young saying this, and to see what an impact people can have on others.”

Thank you, Rachel, for being an exemplary volunteer! Your caring touch enriches the experience of our patients!

Red-Vested Rockstar: Chase Tokarczyk

Friday, May 17th, 2013

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

Meet Chase!

1.   Why he ROCKS?!

 “My niece and nephew were both patients here at Children’s when they were born with heart defects.  Volunteering at Children’s is my way of giving back for saving two wonderful lives.”

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

 “Outside of volunteering, I love to play music (mostly the guitar) for my friends and family.”

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

 “I have three pets: 2 dogs and 1 parrot.”

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

 “If I could create a new candy bar, it would be an Oreo covered in caramel, then layered with milk chocolate. I would call this creation the ‘Caramel King!’”

5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

       “I was pushing a young boy around in a little car through the hallways…after a while, he began to hum the theme to Batman:  nah-nah-nah nah-nah-Batman!  This made my week, since Batman is my favorite superhero.”

 Thank you, Chase, for being such a rockstar! Your smile and enthusiasm are an asset to Children’s!

Buds in Scrubs: Cheryl Bauer

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

 

Children’s Volunteer Services presents:

Buds in Scrubs!

1.   Meet Cheryl:

Cheryl is an RN on the 6th floor at Children’s—Minneapolis. She has been at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota for 23 years! Cheryl utilizes Volunteer Services with many of her patients, offering them some one-on-one playtime outside of their medical care.

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of work?

“Hanging out with friends and family!”

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

“Sadly, I do not currently have any pets.”

 4.   What is your favorite book and/or movie?

“My favorite movie is The Sound of Music.”

 5.   Who was your hero as a kid?

“My dad.”

 6.   Who is your hero now?

“All of my co-workers here; they do awesome work!”

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

    “Chocolate, caramel and Macadamia Nuts: I would call it a ‘Maui Bar.’”

 8.   What do you love most about your job at Children’s?

“The kids and families!”

 9.   Share a work experience involving volunteers:

“I remember having a very busy assignment one day, and a patient with no parents here. This one volunteer hung out with this toddler for at least 3 hours and made him very happy! She was so great with him! Volunteers really help us on the floors so much every day! I can’t imagine our hospital without them!”

 Thank you, Cheryl!  Your passion for nursing (and the patients & families that we serve) is evident!