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Red-Vested Rockstar: Callie Albaugh

Friday, April 25th, 2014

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

Meet Callie!

1.   Why she ROCKS?!

 Callie volunteers in the Rehab department, working with a speech therapist, though helping the entire Rehab team! She is a senior Psychology major at Bethel University, and plans on getting her Master’s in speech pathology. Her passion for becoming a speech therapist is what brought her to volunteer at Children’s! Check out her fun answers, as well as a further introduction from the speech pathologist she works with!

 “Callie has been volunteering in the Roseville Rehab department for almost a year. She has been an AMAZING help during her time here. She is such a great, independent worker; she completed numerous projects to help within therapy sessions and around the clinic. She almost single-handedly developed a theme and activities for this year’s rehab week celebration. The decorations for rehab week received rave reviews from staff and patients alike. Callie is dedicated, cheerful, thorough, and an absolutely wonderful person with whom to work!” –Melanie G., SLP

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

 “I am obsessed with yoga! It’s a great way to unwind from the day and get ready to start another! I also love traveling; I was able to spend a month in Europe over January, and it was incredible!”

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

 “I have an adorable puppy, Oliver, who is a Morkie (Maltese + Yorkie)!”

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

 “It would have chocolate, caramel, and coffee! Three of my favorites! And I think I would call it ‘Java Lava’.”

 5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

   “I love being able to follow our patients through their therapy journey. Being able to help them through difficult areas and be able to reach their goals over time is incredibly rewarding, and is my favorite part about being a volunteer.”

 Thanks, Callie, for your commitment to the patients we serve!

Volunteer at the State Fair!

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Are you looking to give back AND gain a free ticket into the Minnesota State Fair?
Volunteer at the Children’s booth!

The booth will focus on health and safety through interactive and informative activity stations!

Anyone 18 or older can volunteer, and training will be provided for each station upon arrival.
Did I mention free admission and a free t-shirt??

Volunteers are needed every day of the fair (August 22-September 2) for the following shifts:

8:00-11:30 AM
11:00-2:30 PM
2:00-5:30 PM
5:00-8:30 PM

*Note: day shifts fill quickly, most needs are evenings, weekends, and Labor Day weekend

Interested? Email:

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!

From Mom to Volunteer: Lori’s Story

Thursday, April 25th, 2013


Check out Lori’s story below. From visiting Children’s as a mother of a premature baby girl, to becoming an inpatient volunteer. What a testament to the volunteers that give their time and talents to the little ones we serve! 

Mother daughter winter vacation in Vegas!

“The journey that brought me to the volunteer team at Minneapolis Children’s began on July 28, 1993; when my daughter Paige Webb was a patient in NICU/ICC.  During that time, I was touched by volunteers that would hold and comfort Paige when we could not be there. A gift I wanted to return or more appropriately pay forward. Paige is a happy, healthy college freshman at Gustavus Adolphus College; and thrilled that she is the inspiration for my volunteering.”

               What an incredible way to give back. Thank you for sharing your story, time, and positive spirit with Children’s!

Red-Vested Rockstar: Joel Seleskie

Friday, April 19th, 2013

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

Meet Joel!

1.   Why he ROCKS!!

Joel is a working professional who is very family-oriented. He finds time in his busy week to volunteer at Children’s, and always makes an impact when he is here!  Joel says, “I have a buddy, George, who used to volunteer at Children’s—Minneapolis. He was in his 40s, did not have kids of his own, and found this volunteer opportunity to be a great fit. I reached out to Sandy years ago, but the process seemed a bit lengthy/more than I could handle at the time with the schedule not being quite as accommodating for my calendar. Since then, I got married and had two kids. I felt lucky to have healthy young boys, so I contacted Children’s again and they were able to work around my schedule, allowing me to come in after work. I have always liked hanging out with kids, and volunteering at Children’s provides a good way to keep my own life in perspective.”

2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

“I enjoy spending time with family. I married a Regions Labor and Delivery nurse, and have two little boys, ages 1 and 3. One of my favorite experiences was ice skating with my little boy for the 2nd time this winter.”

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

“2 little boys=2 little monkeys.  No pets.”

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

“I would create a bar with 15 grams of protein and a candy coating; I would name it ‘Chunk-O-Energy.’”

5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

“I have lots of them. An interesting story was when I was feeding a 2-year-old ravioli: they ate the whole plate, and I was amazed at how much the little bugger could eat! A memorable experience was when I held a newborn, just a month old. There was not as much interaction, but it was a very peaceful experience.”

 Thank you, Joel, for your great work here at Children’s!


Children’s Minneapolis Craft Sale!

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Join us at Children’s Minneapolis for the Craft Sale!

When: Friday, November 30th, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Education Center, 2nd floor

Enjoy hand-made crafts by Children’s staff and volunteers!

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Unique gifts for you, family or friends– just in time for the holidays!

Looking for a way to ‘Give to the Max’?

Thursday, November 8th, 2012



Join Children’s in celebrating the patients and families we serve on Give to the Max Day!

  When: Thursday, November, 15th
       What: assist with games, arts and crafts, face painting and more at our mini-carnival….what’s not to like?!  

                Help out at either the St. Paul OR Minneapolis Children’s campus:


9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

St. Paul
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Interested? Contact Kiirsten Preble at or Ingrid Arnold at to sign up today!


11/1 Orientation: Welcome Aboard!

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

As November rolls in, so do more Fall Volunteers! I would like to welcome those who attended Orientation on 11/1:

Christie Anderson          Meghan Chmielewski

Dilek Dortay          Nicole Geist

Mikhail Golben          Jennifer Griebel

Pai Lee                      Rachael Mills

Taylor Moldan    Cece Olsen

Linda Sparks          Jalen Brooks

Ashley Clough          Bri Vigliotti

Megan Eicher

Welcome Volunteers!

What’s new at Children’s? TEEN LOUNGE opens in Minneapolis!

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Thanks to the partnership with Magnolia and Best Buy, Children’s– Minneapolis cut the red ribbon, opening up their new Teen Lounge earlier this afternoon!
We had a blast attending the opening celebration: listening to COO of Children’s Dave Overman speak, along with the CEO of Best Buy.

The most important input though, came from Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota’s own Youth Advisory Council; comprised of teens who are repeat
visitors of Children’s. Through their vision of the most spectacular ‘basement hangout,’ and tips from the lounge inside the St. Paul campus, Children’s, Best Buy and Magnolia were able to put together quite a masterpiece.

The Teen Lounge serves as a place inside the hospital where teens can escape, hang with their peers, and feel like they are at home or
at a friend’s house just… hangin’ out!

Welcome Fall Volunteers!

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Our newest 'orienteers' from our 8/15 Orientation!

As the seasons change, so do our volunteers! We are in the process of onboarding a new volunteer crew for Fall!
We would like to take this opporunity to WELCOME you to the Children’s Volunteer Team!

It is very exciting to add new faces to the roster, we look forward to the talents you will share with our patients and families.

On behalf of the Volunteer Services Team and our veteran volunteer crew, welcome and thank you for volunteering!