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Red-Vested Rockstar: Robert Mills III

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Robert delivering blankets!

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

Meet Robert!

1.   Why he ROCKS?!

 “My lifelong dream has been to be a pediatrician.  After working several years in the education field, I decided to go back to school to pursue my dream and figured, what better place to gain experience working with children in a medical setting than at Children’s Hospital?” We are thrilled to have Robert volunteer with us on our St. Paul Campus. He has assisted with pre-surgery tours and on the inpatient units, excelling wherever he is placed! Robert has incredible energy, as well as a positive outlook:  he is an ideal volunteer!

2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

“Outside of volunteering, I love to play on my XBOX 360.” We are sure that Robert gets plenty of practice here on the inpatient floors!

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

“I have two sons, Elijah (7) and Aden (4).  I also have two pet goldfish that the kids named EJ and Julio.” :)

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

“If I could make a candy bar, it would have to be a mix of Snickers and Turtle.  It would include milk chocolate, peanuts, pecans, caramel, and creamy nougat.  I would name it a Snurckle.”

5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

“There was an 11-year-old who came in for the pre-surgery program when all of the other kids were five or younger.  He, of course, felt out of place with all of the younger kids, so I really tried to connect with him on an 11-year-old level to make the program enjoyable.  We talked about video games, what we liked and didn’t like about middle school,  and sports.  We both had a good time during PSP, and I found out that when he came back for his surgery, the first thing that he asked the Child Life Specialist was, “Where’s Robert?”  It was really cool to know that in our short amount of time together, I made a positive impression on his hospital experience.”

Thank you, Robert, for all that you do!

Red-Vested Rockstar: Fatima Ahmad

Friday, December 14th, 2012

 

Fatima and her favorite childhood character... Elmo!

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

 Meet Fatima!

1.   Why she ROCKS!!

Some would describe this week’s Rockstar as a “positive, energetic person”…we could not agree more!  Fatima brings her energy, love of play, and honest desire to help others to our hospital every Thursday afternoon…and she is only a high school sophomore!  “I started volunteering because I wanted to make a change; I wanted to make a difference. The only problem? I was only about 14 when I first signed up! Luckily, Children’s allowed volunteers of my age.  I fell in love with everything about this hospital:  the kind people, the amazing volunteers, and the inspiring patients.  I just try to live an optimistic life.”

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

“My favorite things to do outside of volunteering are probably reading and theater. Some of my favorite books include ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘The Book Thief.” For theater, I like being backstage and helping there.”

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

 “No:  sadly, I have no pets, and I’m too young to have children!”

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

“If I could make a new candy bar, I would name it Chuckles. It would be made of milk chocolate and inside would be caramel swirls.  It would have layers too:  one of chocolate, one of caramel, and one in the middle of white chocolate!”

 5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

“My favorite volunteer experience is probably sitting with a patient and playing Wii…which I am awful at!!  The patient and I had a blast playing Mario Kart and talking!”

Thank you, Fatima, for all that you do! 

Red-Vested Rockstar: Pamela Neal

Friday, November 30th, 2012

 

 

Ready to deliver cozy blankets!

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

 Meet Pamela!

1.   Why she ROCKS!!

 “My name is Pamela Neal and I have been volunteering for over 15 years: the past six have been with Children’s Hospital, St. Paul. I have enjoyed over 1500 hours of great times with some awesome children. What most people don’t see when they look at me is that I love to be goofy. Children just love it when an adult does the unpredictable!” Pamela has helped Children’s in so many ways, volunteering in many roles including helping at events, in the library, at the Welcome Desk, in Epilepsy and on the inpatient floors. Her smile is contagious, and we feel so grateful to have her on our volunteer team.

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

 “Outside of volunteering, I enjoy gourmet cooking, exercise, reading, travel, photography and the lake. I never tire of the ever-changing scenery and seeing numerous animals in their natural habitat.”

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

 “I have two daughters and have had many pets, including dogs, cats, horses, birds, chickens, a donkey, goat and pig. And I love cows; they are so funny to watch!”

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

 “I would LOVE TO! Realistically, almost everyone loves candy. To find natural healthy ingredients which would satisfy the senses, but do not contain the high amounts of sugars and fat would be the goal. I’m a caramel-chocolate-nut kind of girl…’”

 5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

  “My favorite story revolves around the many children who I’ve been gifted in being a part of their growth and development. Sadly, many children remain in the hospital for an extended period of time. I connect with these children on a daily basis to complement their continuity of care. As a volunteer, the children become comfortable with our daily interaction, which provides a person who they know will come to play and comfort them. To see their smiles when you enter the room just makes my day.”

“Volunteering is a calling. I am compelled to spend as much time as I can with the children whose parents are unable to give the time needed to a child in the hospital. Short hospital stays are traumatic enough for a child and their family; children who spend extended amounts of time in the hospital don’t understand that their parents/family have so many other obligations such as other children, work, or living far away. The nurses and other hospital employees are not always able to spend the amount of time a child with a child that they require (which is where volunteers come in). The personal reward is priceless. “

“A huge thanks to all of the staff and Children’s Hospital for providing their support of volunteers!”

Red-Vested Rockstar: Sophie Fiore

Friday, November 9th, 2012

"Thumbs up" to Children's!

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

 Meet Sophie!

1.   Why she ROCKS?!

 Sophie started volunteering in the spring of 2011. She is now a freshman at the University of Minnesota, and feels lucky to be close enough to continue volunteering at Children’s. (We feel so lucky to have her!) During the summers, Sophie teaches theater and art to kids at a summer camp. She loves kids and their ‘spectacular imaginations,’ and hopes that ‘wherever her studies take her, it will be as fulfilling and fun as working with the awesome kids at Children’s.’ We are honored to call her a Red-Vested Rockstar!

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

 “I love to read more than anything. I’ll read anything I can get my hands on! I also love writing, traveling, school, being outside, and just spending time with people I love!”

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

 “My family has two little dogs named Louie and Buster. They are such handfuls, but I love them so much!”

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

 “Oh, yum! If I could make any kind of candy bar, I would want it to be made of Nutella, dark chocolate, and raspberry filling. I would call it ‘Chocoberry Charm!’”

 5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

  “I have had countless wonderful experiences volunteering, but one time in particular that I remember was playing Pokemon cards with this little boy. He was very shy and didn’t talk to me for a long time…but I had no idea how to play the game, and kept losing all my cards! After a while, he thought it was hilarious. By the end of the night, he was talking endlessly and teaching me exactly how to play. It’s always so great to see kids open up to someone so quickly. To see him smile and laugh was the best feeling. I also really love being able to talk with Ingrid (my Monday night coordinator) and work with all of the wonderful Monday night volunteers!”

Red Vested Rockstar: Angela Chang

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Angela catching a ride!

 

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

 Meet Angela!

1.   Why she ROCKS?!

 Angela started volunteering at Children’s  in 2006. She loves kids ‘and their adorable smiles’ and simply has a blast volunteering here! Angela has helped out on the inpatient units, in the Surgery Family Waiting Room, and most recently serves as a Peri-operative Escort in the Surgery Department. Within the past year, her passion for Children’s found her a position as a medical scribe at Children’s on the St. Paul Campus. She just can’t get enough of Children’s!

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

 “I love dancing, shopping, sewing and spending time with family and friends!”

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

 “No, not yet at least!”

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

 “I think if I made a new candy bar, it would have to be a chocolate-covered cookie, hazelnut and caramel candy. I would call it Crazelnuts!’

 5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

    “There are an endless amount of great experiences I’ve had volunteering. The most recent I would say, was when my hip hop student group (Hip Hope) from the University of Minnesota was featured live on Star Studio. It was so much fun to talk and play games with kids over the phone or in person. At the end, we had a little guy in the audience who decided to join us up on stage to dance!”

 

Red-Vested Rockstar: Marjorie Branum

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Marjorie having fun in the office!

 

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

Meet Marjorie!

1.   Why she ROCKS!?!

 Marjorie is working towards her nursing degree at Normandale, with the goal of becoming a pediatric nurse! When her class was told that Children’s was looking for volunteers, she leapt at the opportunity. Marjorie volunteers because she adores children and wants to make a difference in their lives, even if only for a few hours a week.

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

 “Some of my favorite things include spending time with my husband and family, reading (my husband teases me that I could open a library with all of the books that I have), sewing, and baking.”

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

 “Three lovely cats have adopted my husband and I.”

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

 “I’m more of a cupcake girl than a candy bar girl, but I would want to make a candy bar with raspberries and lemon, wrapped in either white or dark chocolate…or a candy bar that tastes like Dr. Pepper, my favorite soda!’

 5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

   “One of my favorite things about volunteering at Children’s is watching the children interact. These children will share, look out for, and comfort other children that they have just met! It is so awesome! I have seen a child plant a plant with Leonard (horticultural therapy volunteer), then turn around and give it to another child who was unable to plant one because she was having some tests run that didn’t allow her to plant one herself. Children have invited others to play with them so that no one feels left out. I have overheard one child tell another patient not to be afraid of getting an MRI, then explain how it works in a simplistic manner. Every day is my favorite day at Children’s!”

 

Red-Vested Rockstar: Derran Bedward

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Derran and the infamous 'handwasher!'

 

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

 Meet Derran!

1.   Why he ROCKS!?!

 Derran is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, majoring in Kinsesiology, under Pre-Medicine. He hopes to become a surgeon in either Pediatrics or Orthopedics. His family originated from Jamaica, although he was born right next door, at Abbott Northwestern! He has lived in Minneapolis (in the SAME house!) his whole life. Derran came on board late August, and we are THRILLED to have his enthusiasm and playful spirit on our volunteer team!

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

 “I enjoy spending time with my friends and family because there is nothing better than laughing with those you love and care about. In addition to that, being a Seventh-Day Adventist Christian, I enjoy participating in all of my various church programs and events.”

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

 “I have no kids (though I love babies) and no pets.”

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

 “Well, I don’t really like chocolate (yeah, yeah…weird, I know), so it would be one not made out of chocolate. It would be amazing, and I would call it“Chocoless!”  Haha!’

 5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

 “My favorite volunteer experience thus far would have to be my very first day. Ms. Ingrid and I were on my tour when we came across this handwashing machine that neither of us had ever used until that day. It honestly looked like two turbines that sprayed soapy solution on your hands, and then partially dried them. It was awesome!!”

Red Vested Rockstar: Vince Opheim

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Vince... doing what he does best (Having fun!)

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

Edition 1: Meet Vince!

1.   Why he ROCKS?!

 Vince is, as the title states, a ROCKSTAR of a volunteer! He volunteers on our inpatient units in Minneapolis, serves as our ‘Twinkle’ mascot at various events, and helps out at Diabetes Support Groups in St. Paul. After toying with the teaching vs. social work professions, Vince has now settled on attending nursing school. If his plan works out, he will be working here at Children’s someday:  pediatrics is a must for Vince. He stays inspired to volunteer from all of the smiles that he receives on a weekly basis, and we are beyond pleased to have him on our team!

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

 “I love running, playing football, competing in Mud Runs, and hanging with friends, as well as spending time with my nephews and niece!”

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

 “I have a Beagle named Gracie.”

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

 “Sugar-free chocolate, Lorna Doone cookies, and banana:  I will call it the ‘DiabetiBar.’

 5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

   “One of my favorites (and a recent experience!) was playing with a sibling who was here with her baby brother. She wanted a volunteer, so we started playing a couple of games of ‘Sorry!’ and ‘Uno.’ We then started talking about her favorite band, Black Eyed Peas, and after signing “Imma Be” a few too many times, she decided it was time to ‘throw me in jail!’ This was no normal jail walk for us. We would moon walk, bunny hop, skip, pretend we were a train, and even salsa! It was fun and non-stop laughter; even some of the staff got involved! The best part was after I dropped her off in her baby brother’s hospital room. She decided to show him some of her new moves, and gave me a huge smile…which left MY smile permanently glued to my face.”