Monthly Archives: November 2012

Red-Vested Rockstar: Pamela Neal



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!”

Children’s Minneapolis Craft Sale!

Join us at Children’s Minneapolis for the Craft Sale!

When: Friday, November 30th, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Education Center, 2nd floor

Enjoy hand-made crafts by Children’s staff and volunteers!

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Unique gifts for you, family or friends– just in time for the holidays!

Red-Vested Rockstar: Sophie Fiore

"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!”

Looking for a way to ‘Give to the Max’?



Join Children’s in celebrating the patients and families we serve on Give to the Max Day!

  When: Thursday, November, 15th
       What: assist with games, arts and crafts, face painting and more at our mini-carnival….what’s not to like?!  

                Help out at either the St. Paul OR Minneapolis Children’s campus:


9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

St. Paul
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Interested? Contact Kiirsten Preble at [email protected] or Ingrid Arnold at [email protected] to sign up today!


11/1 Orientation: Welcome Aboard!

As November rolls in, so do more Fall Volunteers! I would like to welcome those who attended Orientation on 11/1:

Christie Anderson          Meghan Chmielewski

Dilek Dortay          Nicole Geist

Mikhail Golben          Jennifer Griebel

Pai Lee                      Rachael Mills

Taylor Moldan    Cece Olsen

Linda Sparks          Jalen Brooks

Ashley Clough          Bri Vigliotti

Megan Eicher

Welcome Volunteers!