Monthly Archives: March 2011

Spring Break: Extra Shifts Available!


Stumped on how to fill your days if you’re sticking around the Cities for spring break?  During the week of March 14-18, extra volunteer shifts are available on the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses.  Please contact Lisa ([email protected]) for St. Paul, or Jenna ([email protected]) for Minneapolis!




Surgery Family Waiting Room: Sub Positions Available!

Have a busy schedule?  Want to volunteer, but can’t commit to coming in every week?  Consider becoming a sub in our Surgery Family Waiting Room on the Minneapolis campus!

Surgery Family Waiting Room volunteers are a critical link in the chain of communication between Surgical Services staff and families while their children are in surgery.  Volunteers provide a welcoming environment in the waiting area, communicate waiting area guidelines, and track families during their waiting period.  Volunteers maintain professional and confidential communication with pre-op, operating room, recovery, and post-op staff to keep families updated during their child’s surgery. Volunteers also reconnect families with children upon their departure from the post-anesthesia care unit.  FWR subs train during a designated shift and provide coverage when scheduled volunteers are unavailable.

Please contact Jenna at (612) 813-6148 if interested in making a difference in families’ surgery experiences! 

(Pictured:  Family Waiting Room volunteer Lynda Summerville.)


Pediatric Grand Rounds: March

As promised, here is the Pediatric Grand Rounds schedule for the month of March!  Grand Rounds are open to all interested volunteers, and are held each Thursday from 8-9 am at the following locations:

Minneapolis Campus:

Children’s Specialty Center, Room 506

2530 Chicago Ave. S.

St. Paul Campus:

John Nasseth Medical Center

Conference Room

255 N. Smith Ave.

Remaining March sessions:

3/10:  “Case Presentation:  5-Week-Old Infant with Abdominal Swelling”

Presenter:  Matthew Ambrose, MD, Chief Resident in Pediatrics, University of Minnesota

3/17:  “Mortality & Morbidity Conference:  Right Examination, Wrong Patient”

Presenters:  TBD

3/24:  Topic & Speaker TBD (we will post an update as soon as we find out!)

3/31:  “Pediatric Neurology”

Presenter:  Elizabeth Gilles, MD, Medical Director of Pediatric Neurology, Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota

No pre-registration is required!  For more information, please contact the Children’s Medical Education Office at (651) 220-6131.  We will continue to post future educational opportunities for volunteers on this site!

It’s A Small World, After All!

From volunteer coordinator Jenna Barke:

“Over this past weekend, I was lucky enough to travel to Fort Myers, FL to cheer on my much-loved Minnesota Twins at spring training.  Before leaving, I chatted with inpatient volunteer Tom Hayden and discovered that he was also departing to Fort Myers…and that we would, in fact, be attending the very same game on Sunday afternoon against the Baltimore Orioles!

My boyfriend Adam and I were able to meet up with Tom at the game, and it was wonderful to see a friendly face from the volunteer office!  This just goes to show that our Children’s volunteer community (and support for all things Minnesota!) knows no bounds!  Thanks for letting us sneak over to your seats for a photo op, Tom!” 

(Pictured:  Adam Van Proosdy, volunteer coordinator Jenna Barke, and Minneapolis volunteer Tom Hayden.)

Volunteer Services Photographs by Annie Torrini

On Monday, February 7th, professional photographer Annie Torrini graciously volunteered her time to take some fabulous photos of volunteers in action. These photos will specifically be used in Children’s Volunteer Services media to advertise the program and department.

Thank you, Annie, for sharing of your time and talents at Children’s! 





(For more of Annie’s work, please visit

St. Paul New Construction Tour #1

On Wednesday, March 2nd, St. Paul Volunteer Services held its first of two tours of the St. Paul campus construction.

Interested in coming on a tour?  You have one more chance.

Wendesday, March 9th, at 4:00pm

**You must contact the St. Paul Volunteer Services staff if you want to attend (or sign up in the office).  Everyone attending must meet in the Volunteer Services office 15 minutes prior to the tour.**

IMG_0551 Pictured: Dave Klehr (McGough Construction), Sandy Bergeron (Director of Volunteer Services), Beth Supple (St. Paul Volunteer), and Christin Weggemann (St. Paul Volunteer)

Children’s Twin Lakes Clinic: Occupational Therapy Volunteer Assistant

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Contributed by Caitlyn Bistodeau, Children’s volunteer (pictured with Katie Gehrz, OT):

“As a volunteer at Children’s-Roseville, I have a slightly different experience than when I volunteered at Children’s-St. Paul. On Tuesday mornings, I get to spend time with two awesome occupational therapists, Katie [Gehrz] and Kathy [Engebretson], and their incredible clients.  Before meeting with clients, I help pick out activities, equipment, and toys that will be used in their therapy sessions. During sessions, I observe, play with clients, and assist Katie or Kathy to make each session fun, safe, and effective for the client and his/her family.

Katie and Kathy both have a wealth of knowledge and experience that I hope to glean from during my time serving them. They are teaching me valuable information about Occupational Therapy that is helping me in my current studies and will help me in my future schooling. I’m currently working toward a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Special Education and Bible at Northwestern College. My passion, though, lies in Occupational Therapy, in which I desire to get my master’s degree after I complete my undergraduate studies.

It’s not hard to say that volunteering at Children’s-Roseville is one of the highlights of my week. The therapists and clients are a joy to work with, and I’m gaining hands-on experience in a field that I’m passionate about. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to wear the ‘Red Vest’ and serve at Children’s-Roseville.”