Archive for August, 2012

What’s new at Children’s? TEEN LOUNGE opens in Minneapolis!

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Thanks to the partnership with Magnolia and Best Buy, Children’s– Minneapolis cut the red ribbon, opening up their new Teen Lounge earlier this afternoon!
We had a blast attending the opening celebration: listening to COO of Children’s Dave Overman speak, along with the CEO of Best Buy.

The most important input though, came from Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota’s own Youth Advisory Council; comprised of teens who are repeat
visitors of Children’s. Through their vision of the most spectacular ‘basement hangout,’ and tips from the lounge inside the St. Paul campus, Children’s, Best Buy and Magnolia were able to put together quite a masterpiece.

The Teen Lounge serves as a place inside the hospital where teens can escape, hang with their peers, and feel like they are at home or
at a friend’s house just… hangin’ out!

Summer Stories: Wetschka Sisters

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Maria and Anna Wetschka are sisters who both volunteer at Children's!

In this post, guest blogger Maria Wetschka writes about her experience as a summer inpatient volunteer at Children’s. Maria is currently a junior in nursing school at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Maria’s sister, Anna, is going into her senior year of high school this fall at Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul.

What made you decide to volunteer over the summer months at Children’s Hospital?

“One of the main reasons I chose to volunteer at Children’s this summer is because of my sister Anna. Anna has been volunteering here for almost a year, and every time I would see her after a shift, she always had the biggest smile on her face. I knew that what she did while volunteering made her happy, and I wanted to find that same happiness in helping others!”

What was your most memorable moment from volunteering this summer?

“The moment I realized that what I was doing was meaningful was when I was playing with a child on the epilepsy floor. I spent an hour with a patient who I thought didn’t really want to play with me. Instead of letting that get me down, I tried my hardest to help her have fun. We passed time blowing bubbles, taking her doll on walks, and coloring princess pictures. When her mom returned, I still wasn’t sure if the patient had fun. As I said goodbye to her, what happened next surprised me. The patient ran to her door and gave me the biggest hug. She said “goodbye, Maria” over and over, and when I thought she was done hugging me, she let go and hugged me again. It was then I knew that even though it may not always seem like it to me, the impact I can have on someone is big.  Even if it means doing something simple like playing dolls, I have the ability to make someone who is in what can be a scary place feel happy and safe, and that is what I love most about volunteering.”

What would you like to do in the future?

“I am a junior nursing student at Creighton University, and I would love to work with children in the future. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience or way to spend my summer! I truly value every second I have spent volunteering and hope to be back next summer!”

Thank you, Maria and Anna, for sharing your time with us this summer!

Welcome Fall Volunteers!

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Our newest 'orienteers' from our 8/15 Orientation!

As the seasons change, so do our volunteers! We are in the process of onboarding a new volunteer crew for Fall!
We would like to take this opporunity to WELCOME you to the Children’s Volunteer Team!

It is very exciting to add new faces to the roster, we look forward to the talents you will share with our patients and families.

On behalf of the Volunteer Services Team and our veteran volunteer crew, welcome and thank you for volunteering!