Monthly Archives: October 2011

Welcome, Ingrid Schmeling!

Editor’s Note:  We are so excited to welcome Ingrid Schmeling as the newest team member in Children’s Volunteer Services! Read on for Ingrid’s “hello” message!

Ingrid Schmeling

“Hello, all!  My name is Ingrid Schmeling, and I could not be more excited about becoming a Volunteer Coordinator in the Volunteer Services Department, Minneapolis Campus.  I am a former Children’s volunteer (yahoo!) and University of St. Thomas graduate, with a double major in Psychology and Spanish.  I have spent the past 2 ½ years working as an Admissions Coordinator for Children’s at their Roseville Rehabilitation Site.

A bit more about me:  I am a huge animal lover who enjoys movies, music, travel, good food, and spending time with friends and family.  If you ever need a pet sitter, I am the gal to ask!  I had the privilege of studying abroad in Rome (as a Spanish major…whoops!) in college, and have had a passion for fashion and travel ever since!  I may love food, but am not the greatest chef…I do make a MEAN mac n’ cheese, though (straight from the Kraft box, of course).  That is me in a nutshell…to learn more, feel free to ask. :) I look forward to meeting all of the amazing volunteers and staff at Children’s!”

WELCOME, Ingrid! We’re so happy to have you join Volunteer Services!

Diabetes Support Group Carnival A Success!

Thanks to all of the volunteers who participated in last week’s Diabetes Support Group Carnival at Children’s-St. Paul! Volunteers helped set up for the event, facilitated carnival games, and assisted with takedown after the carnival. We couldn’t have made this event happen without the help of our fantastic volunteers!  THANK YOU!

Volunteers pictured (left to right): Jackie Stotts, Edna Knudsen, Eric Gustafson, Meredith Gilroy, Erin Sullivan, Maura Schwaegel, & Brian Brandvold. (Not Pictured: Jake Starsiak, Anna Wetschka, Courtney Mann & Sara Brueggeman.)

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Volunteers Help Brighten Upcoming Memorial Service!

Huge thanks to the volunteers who, over this past weekend, decorated candle votives for this weekend’s Perinatal Memorial Service!  This service is held to honor the memory of infants who have passed away at Children’s over the past year.

Thank you, volunteers, for working so hard on this art project…we’re very grateful for your help!



Diabetes Support Group Carnival: VOLUNTEERS WANTED!

Seeking an outlet for your “inner carny?”  We’d love your help at the 2011 Diabetes Support Group Carnival this coming Tuesday, October 11th at Children’s-St. Paul!  The night’s schedule will be:

4-6 pm:  Set-Up

6-8:30 pm:  Carnival Games

We’d love your assistance for either portion…or both!  Please contact Kristi (651-220-1504 or [email protected]) if interested!   Thanks a million!

2010 carnival volunteers strike a pose!

2011 Saint Paul Professorship Recognition

Staff were celebrated at the Professorship Luncheon in St. Paul on Tuesday, October 4, for their ongoing efforts to go above and beyond to support volunteers at Children’s!  Volunteers Anfisa Schams, Phillip Thomas and Samantha Carlson spoke about how their experience as volunteers at Children’s, and the staff who have worked with them here, have shaped their career paths.


Volunteer panel members Anfisa Schams, Phillip Thomas, and Samantha Carlson.


Professorship attendees from the Rehab department.


THANK YOU to all of the staff who make such a difference in the lives of our volunteers!

Emergency Preparedness Exercise!

Volunteers at Children’s-St. Paul assisted with an emergency preparedness exercise on October 4th by acting as patients who had come into direct contact with chlorine at a local pool.  This drill gave staff the opportunity to test equipment and procedures needed to decontaminate patients who have come into contact with potentially dangerous chemicals.

Volunteers (seated left to right) Rozina Tesfai, Ashley Hagerty, Destiney Torres, Kelly Hicks and Casey Monson receive roles and details before the drill

Five volunteers (and several blow-up dummies!) were given “victim” role descriptions, indicating their symptoms for the drill. The volunteer victims were brought into the Emergency Department, admitted as patients, and were showered down by staff in full-body protective suits!


Volunteers Kelly Hicks, Destiney Torres, Casey Monson, Ashley Hagerty and Rozina Tesfai pose with their fellow "victims" during the emergency preparedness exercise Tuesday

As students in the medical field, several volunteers mentioned that they appreciated gaining insight into the patient’s point of view by participating in the exercise. Having volunteers act as victims (alongside the blow-up dummies) gave staff the opportunity to receive valuable feedback from a “patient” perspective!

Thank you, volunteers, for your participation &  for sharing your insights!