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Red-Vested Rockstar: Luke Waldbillig

luke-waldbilligWhy he rocks: I loved volunteering in my hometown, so as a college freshman at the University of St. Thomas I got involved with a student organization called Volunteers In Action (VIA), which led me to Children’s. I’m also involved with a campus ministry called Cru.  Here, a group of my fellow sophomores and I put together a team called ‘the Spoon Squad’, which works to find ways to intentionally serve others and help make new people feel welcome at our Wednesday night gathering. The reason the team is called the Spoon Squad is because of a quote we heard which states, “Forks stab, knives cut, but spoons serve, and we are called to serve.”  This has become a life motto for me, and I love finding ways to share that message wherever I go.”

What is your favorite thing to do outside of volunteering? “Two of my favorite things to do are exploring the Twin Cities on my bicycle (while the weather is still nice) and playing the guitar when I’m not caught up in college homework.”

Do you have any kids or pets of your own? “I have 2 cats and I will soon have 2 dogs at home. My parents just rescued a golden retriever named Noah who will be joining our family very soon along with our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Abbey, who loves to chase squirrels!”

 If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it? “I would create the ‘Dark Peanut Butter Delight’, a bar with a dark chocolate outer layer stuffed with real peanut butter in the middle.  I think it would be sweet to have the option to serve them frozen as well.”

Share a favorite volunteer experience or story: “One of my favorite memories was with a young boy who came into the Emergency Department. He had a significant cut on his forehead that required stitches, so I was so surprised by his optimistic attitude upon arrival. After working with his mother to get checked in and be seen by our triage nurses, the boy went to get stitches. He returned to the waiting area with the biggest smile on his face, proud to show off his stitches and the Popsicle he received.  As they were walking out, I pulled out my sticker collection to send him on his way with another souvenir from the ED and his face totally lit up with a smile. His mom laughed with a spirit of appreciation for everyone in the Emergency Department who made her son feel so special during his time there.  It was such a tangible example of how someone could feel so cared for from the time they walked in to the time they walked out, and I loved being a part of it.”

Jenna Van Proosdy