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Red-Vested Rockstar: Eric Jeske

Friday, November 14th, 2014

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

Meet Eric!

1.   Why he ROCKS?!

“Three years ago I was on the way to a Minnesota Wild game a few days before Christmas…  as I sat in rush hour along 35E I noticed the Children’s Hospital building and noticed a light go off in a room.  In the back of my head I was concerned a sick child may miss Christmas while in the hospital and got to thinking…  I want to spend my free time volunteering at the Children’s Hospital”

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

 “I spend a majority of my free time with my Husky puppy, along with playing Soccer and Kickball”

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

 “Dog – Husky – One year old”

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

 “I’m not a fan of candy…  so I will stick to Pizza!”

 5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

 “A few years ago, I spent every Tuesday for six months with a new born.  I, still to this day, hold onto the memory of our time together.  She went thru so much while here at the hospital. On our final day together, I walked down the hall to see six nurses gathered around her.  She noticed me coming towards her and lit up with the biggest smile ever!  I was happy to know she was healthy again and going home.  At the same time, sad…as she was my Tuesday entertainment with big blue eyes and always smiling!”

You brighten the days of our patients when you are here, Eric! Thank you for your contributions to Children’s!

 

Red-Vested Rockstar: Chonhanh Vuvan

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Red-Vested Rockstar!

Meet Chonhanh!

1.   Why she ROCKS?!

“I got into volunteering because I absolutely love working with kids. I have always loved working with kids; from nannying my little cousins to coaching kids how to figure skate at Bielenberg Sport Center. Although I’m only 17, I want to pursue a medical career and become a nurse and later a pediatrician.”

 

2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

“I figure skate almost every other day; it’s my favorite sport/hobby!  I love to travel, hang with friends and families, attend sporting events and in the spring, run track.”

 

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

“I’m only in high school so no kids yet! My family has a fish tank of around 50 little guppies though.”

 

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

“I would create a candy with caramel, marshmallow, peanuts, s’mores cracker and a chocolate coat. I’d name it Galaxy Heaven.”

 

5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

“There are so many fun memories! I love playing in the playroom with the patients or the patient’s siblings. The Child Life Zone is always fun, especially doing arts and crafts. Holding babies is another one of my favorite things to do!”

 

Thanks for volunteering, Chonhanh! Your passion for Children’s (and kids!) is evident in the work that you do!

 

 

 

Red-Vested Rockstar: Ally Fuher

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

 

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

 Meet Ally!

1.   Why she ROCKS?!

“I always knew I wanted to volunteer at  a hospital and work with children. I chose to volunteer at Children’s specifically because my sister had a ventricular septal defect when she was younger and was treated here. Ever since, my parents have talked about how evident it was that the staff really supported and cared about the whole family! I wanted to come see for myself how great of a place Children’s is!”

2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

“Outside of volunteering, I love to spend my Saturdays at TCF Bank Stadium (Go Gophers!)”

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

“I have a 2 year old yellow Labrador named Mylo!”

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

“Since I have a weakness for chocolate, I would probably have Kit-Kats stuffed with Andes Mints,  and put it all on a stick!  Because I love the Great Minnesota Get-Together so much, I would probably name it “Kit-Kandes on a stick.”

5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

“I think the  Sibling Play Area epitomizes Children’s family-centered care. One of the best memories in the past year would have to be playing outside on the playground in Sibling Play! The kids are so creative… in one afternoon I was a mermaid who had to avoid the hot lava and jumping unicorns!  It was really fun!”

Thank you for your ability to ‘play along’ and encourage creativity! Your enthusiasm is evident in the volunteer work you do! 

 

 

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: ingrid.arnold@childrensMN.org

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:

                                          

Minneapolis
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 kiirsten.preble@childrensmn.org or Ingrid Arnold at ingrid.arnold@childrensmn.org to sign up today!