Category Archives: Updates

Staffing Change: Molly Lamon “Goes Casual!”

Effective last Friday, September 2nd, St. Paul Volunteer Coordinator Molly Lamon has reduced her time to casual.  (This means that Molly will remain a member of our department on an “on-call” basis.)

Molly has been working in Volunteer Services at Children’s since 2005, and has been instrumental in developing, organizing, and championing a variety of amazing volunteer initiatives.  We have particularly benefitted from her passion for our PAWH (Pets Assisting With Healing) and Developmental Rehabilitation programs in St. Paul.   It’s been a joy to work with Molly, and we will miss her friendly, energetic, and outgoing nature in our office on a daily basis!

We’re extremely happy that Molly will not really be leaving us, but simply taking more time to be home with her four beautiful children.  You’ll still have chances to see her around the St. Paul campus, either picking up hours in our office or utilizing her child life certification through coordinating the Diabetes Support Group program.  

Thank you for ALL that you have done for our department, and for Children’s, over the past 6 years, Molly.  We will miss you!

P.S.  We’re very excited to welcome our new colleague, Kristi Kehrwald, to the department as a full-time Volunteer Coordinator in St. Paul.  We will be posting a “get-to-know-Kristi” profile on our blog very soon…stay tuned!

New Emergency Department Positions A Success!

UROC Anne Hennessey & volunteer Anfisa Schams.

This summer, Volunteer Services collaborated with the Children’s-St. Paul Emergency Department to pilot a new volunteer position!  Emergency Department volunteers assist in administering TruthPoint (patient/family feedback) surveys, providing sibling support, and supporting the ED staff.   According to Anna Wells, Unit Operations & Registration Coordinator (UROC)  in the Emergency Department,  “It has been extremely helpful to have volunteers around to aide the UROCs and nurses with keeping patients occupied by bringing them toys and helping pass out TruthPoint surveys to keep patient/family satisfaction as high as possible.”

UROC Anna Wells, volunteer Jenna Maslowski, & UROC Katherine Funke.

Thank you, Anna, for your great feedback…and THANK YOU, ED volunteers, for all of your great work! 
**If you are interested in volunteering in the Emergency Department in the future, please contact St. Paul Volunteer Services at (651) 220-6141! 

Minneapolis Volunteer Services Is MOVING…


Hear ye, hear ye!  For those who remember the days when Minneapolis Volunteer Services was located in the basement of the hospital…those days have returned!  Our office will be moving BACK into the lower level of the main hospital on Monday, June 20th.

Our new office space will be adjacent to our old location:  when you come out of the hospital elevators on the lower level, you’ll walk straight ahead, take your first left, and be at our office in seconds!

We can’t wait to be back in the hospital again, and look forward to having our office in a more convenient & centralized location!  We’ll continue to keep you all posted through updates and office signage over the next several weeks.

June 20, here we come!

Summer Program Update!

Although yesterday’s snow, rain, and hail may have suggested otherwise, summer IS definitely on its way!  Our deadline for new summer applications was last Friday, April 15th.  We are now in the process of reviewing summer applications, which we expect to take several weeks. 

If you are a current volunteer who has not yet spoken to us about your summer schedule, PLEASE get in touch with one of the volunteer coordinators as soon as possible to assist us in finalizing summer openings!  If you are a summer 2011 applicant, please be patient with us as we review applications and contact individuals for interviews.  As always, please don’t hesitate to contact our Minneapolis (612-813-6200) or St. Paul (651-220-6141) offices with any specific questions that you may have! 

Looking forward to another exciting summer season!

New VicNet Feature

Wish you could view your volunteer schedule from home, late at night?  Did you start college and get a new e-mail address? Do you need a printout of your hours to turn in for school credit? Do all this (and much more!) by accessing your VicNet from Children’s Volunteer Services website.

One of our newest VicNet features allows volunteers to upload a profile picture of themselves.  We have provided a print screen (below) to help you see where to update your profile information and upload a picture.


Please feel free to contact our offices with any questions!

Volunteer Spotlight: Perioperative Escorts

Volunteer Allison Bradee (pictured) was one of several volunteers to pilot a new volunteer role, Perioperative Escorts, in the new surgery space that opened on the Minneapolis campus in September.  Soon to be coming to the St. Paul campus, the escort role has become an essential function that families, staff, and fellow volunteers rely on.  Duties are focused on making families’ surgery experiences as positive and stress-free as possible.  These duties include:  escorting families to and from the operating rooms, accompanying families to their cars, offering refreshments, sanitizing toys, helping with pre-operative room setup, and assisting with administrative tasks.  In this unique role, volunteers wear scrubs and identify themselves by wearing RED surgery caps!

 Allison begins her Tuesday morning at Children’s at 7:15 am (a time when many of us are just waking up and getting ready for the day).  She tells us that she loves the role and could not imagine being in another role or another place.  Allison has been with us since August 2009, when she started volunteering with the Pre-Surgery Program.  We are fortunate to have her here until the fall…when she’s off to medical school! 

There are currently a small number of early-morning to early-afternoon escort shifts available.  If you’re pre-med, pre-nursing, like to stay busy, or simply like the look & feel of scrubs, please contact the Minneapolis Volunteer Services office for more details at (612) 813-6200.

Welcome to the Red Vest Review

Breaking news!!!
Children’s Volunteer Services has decided to utilize a blog to keep volunteers informed of current department happenings in lieu of our Volunteer Services newsletter (the Volunteer Star).  We welcome your comments and feedback as we launch this new venture, and we look forward to communicating volunteer news with you online (in “real time!”) in 2011!