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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Meet David!

David is an artist, spending his retired time painting, woodworking, and volunteering as a ‘Float’ at Children’s- St. Paul. When asked why he decided to volunteer, David said, “I always had in the back of mind that when I retired, I would volunteer with children and do my art.” His favorite part about volunteering? “Seeing a smile on a child’s face… when you get a child to smile, the whole world is a better place to live.”

National Volunteer Week is April 12th- April 18th!

Monday, April 13th, 2015

THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS, for your smiles, positive spirits, time, and compassion for the patients and families we serve! We are thankful for your service! Each day this week we will be highlighting a different member of our awesome volunteer team. Check back daily to see the featured volunteers. 

 

Meet Adoma!

 

Adoma has volunteered with our Star Studio, and on our inpatient units! According to staff, ‘she has a positive attitude and friendly personality; she is rarely seen without a smile!’

When not volunteering, Adoma stays busy with her full-time nursing studies and 2 children, ages 11 and 6. Adoma began volunteering due to her family’s personal experiences receiving care at Children’s.

As she says, “I’m the parent of a child with Sickle Cell and have had several volunteers make our hospital stays at Children’s Hospital more pleasant, interesting and enjoyable, so I wanted to give back by doing the same for other families.” 

 

Red-Vested Rockstar: Elise Beckman

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Children’s Volunteer Services presents: Red-Vested Rockstar!

Meet Elise!

 1.   Why she ROCKS?!

 “I started volunteering at a local hospital in my hometown of Sacramento, CA ten years ago, and applied to volunteer at Children’s when I found out I’d be moving to the Twin Cities. That was over two years ago, and I still enjoy coming in every Sunday! I work as a financial analyst for another local hospital system, and love the opportunity to be involved in multiple healthcare environments in the Minneapolis area.”

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

 “I love to travel, and try to explore a new country every year! Next on my list: China.”

 3.   Do you have any kids or pets of your own?

 “No kiddos or pets currently, but I hope to have both some day…after I’ve explored several more countries.”

 4.   If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

 “Hmm…I would probably add sea salt to a Twix bar, so I’d call it a “Salty Twix.” (I clearly would need some help with branding!)”

 5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

 “We had a sweet patient in the PICU, who has been hospitalized for some time. One day, I had the pleasure of spending time with the patient’s siblings while their parents spent some time alone with their little one. It was a great experience and a wonderful memory, as the parents were given the opportunity to spend concentrated time with their sick child together. One of the best things about volunteering at Children’s is getting to experience all aspects of care – for not only the patient, but for the families, as well.”

 Thank you, Elise, for brightening the day of our patients and families.

 

Red-Vested Rockstar: Eric Jeske

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Children’s Volunteer Services presents: Red-Vested Rockstar!

Meet Eric!

1.   Why he ROCKS?!

“Three years ago I was on the way to a Minnesota Wild game a few days before Christmas…  as I sat in rush hour along 35E I noticed the Children’s Hospital building and noticed a light go off in a room.  In the back of my head I was concerned a sick child may miss Christmas while in the hospital and got to thinking…  I want to spend my free time volunteering at the Children’s Hospital”

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

 “I spend a majority of my free time with my Husky puppy, along with playing Soccer and Kickball”

 3.   Do you have any kids or pets of your own?

 “Dog – Husky – One year old”

 4.   If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

 “I’m not a fan of candy…  so I will stick to Pizza!”

 5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

 “A few years ago, I spent every Tuesday for six months with a new born.  I, still to this day, hold onto the memory of our time together.  She went thru so much while here at the hospital. On our final day together, I walked down the hall to see six nurses gathered around her.  She noticed me coming towards her and lit up with the biggest smile ever!  I was happy to know she was healthy again and going home.  At the same time, sad…as she was my Tuesday entertainment with big blue eyes and always smiling!”

You brighten the days of our patients when you are here, Eric! Thank you for your contributions to Children’s!

 

Red-Vested Rockstar: Chonhanh Vuvan

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Red-Vested Rockstar!

Meet Chonhanh!

1.   Why she ROCKS?!

“I got into volunteering because I absolutely love working with kids. I have always loved working with kids; from nannying my little cousins to coaching kids how to figure skate at Bielenberg Sport Center. Although I’m only 17, I want to pursue a medical career and become a nurse and later a pediatrician.”

 

2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

“I figure skate almost every other day; it’s my favorite sport/hobby!  I love to travel, hang with friends and families, attend sporting events and in the spring, run track.”

 

3.   Do you have any kids or pets of your own?

“I’m only in high school so no kids yet! My family has a fish tank of around 50 little guppies though.”

 

4.   If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

“I would create a candy with caramel, marshmallow, peanuts, s’mores cracker and a chocolate coat. I’d name it Galaxy Heaven.”

 

5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

“There are so many fun memories! I love playing in the playroom with the patients or the patient’s siblings. The Child Life Zone is always fun, especially doing arts and crafts. Holding babies is another one of my favorite things to do!”

 

Thanks for volunteering, Chonhanh! Your passion for Children’s (and kids!) is evident in the work that you do!

 

 

 

Red-Vested Rockstar: Ally Fuher

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

 

Children’s Volunteer Services presents: Red-Vested Rockstar!

 Meet Ally!

1.   Why she ROCKS?!

“I always knew I wanted to volunteer at  a hospital and work with children. I chose to volunteer at Children’s specifically because my sister had a ventricular septal defect when she was younger and was treated here. Ever since, my parents have talked about how evident it was that the staff really supported and cared about the whole family! I wanted to come see for myself how great of a place Children’s is!”

2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

“Outside of volunteering, I love to spend my Saturdays at TCF Bank Stadium (Go Gophers!)”

3.   Do you have any kids or pets of your own?

“I have a 2 year old yellow Labrador named Mylo!”

4.   If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

“Since I have a weakness for chocolate, I would probably have Kit-Kats stuffed with Andes Mints,  and put it all on a stick!  Because I love the Great Minnesota Get-Together so much, I would probably name it “Kit-Kandes on a stick.”

5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

“I think the  Sibling Play Area epitomizes Children’s family-centered care. One of the best memories in the past year would have to be playing outside on the playground in Sibling Play! The kids are so creative… in one afternoon I was a mermaid who had to avoid the hot lava and jumping unicorns!  It was really fun!”

Thank you for your ability to ‘play along’ and encourage creativity! Your enthusiasm is evident in the volunteer work you do! 

 

 

Red-Vested Rockstar: Callie Albaugh

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Children’s Volunteer Services presents: Red-Vested Rockstar!

Meet Callie!

1.   Why she ROCKS?!

 Callie volunteers in the Rehab department, working with a speech therapist, though helping the entire Rehab team! She is a senior Psychology major at Bethel University, and plans on getting her Master’s in speech pathology. Her passion for becoming a speech therapist is what brought her to volunteer at Children’s! Check out her fun answers, as well as a further introduction from the speech pathologist she works with!

 “Callie has been volunteering in the Roseville Rehab department for almost a year. She has been an AMAZING help during her time here. She is such a great, independent worker; she completed numerous projects to help within therapy sessions and around the clinic. She almost single-handedly developed a theme and activities for this year’s rehab week celebration. The decorations for rehab week received rave reviews from staff and patients alike. Callie is dedicated, cheerful, thorough, and an absolutely wonderful person with whom to work!” –Melanie G., SLP

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

 “I am obsessed with yoga! It’s a great way to unwind from the day and get ready to start another! I also love traveling; I was able to spend a month in Europe over January, and it was incredible!”

 3.   Do you have any kids or pets of your own?

 “I have an adorable puppy, Oliver, who is a Morkie (Maltese + Yorkie)!”

 4.   If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

 “It would have chocolate, caramel, and coffee! Three of my favorites! And I think I would call it ‘Java Lava’.”

 5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

   “I love being able to follow our patients through their therapy journey. Being able to help them through difficult areas and be able to reach their goals over time is incredibly rewarding, and is my favorite part about being a volunteer.”

 Thanks, Callie, for your commitment to the patients we serve!

Volunteer at the State Fair!

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Are you looking to give back AND gain a free ticket into the Minnesota State Fair?
Volunteer at the Children’s booth!

The booth will focus on health and safety through interactive and informative activity stations!

Anyone 18 or older can volunteer, and training will be provided for each station upon arrival.
Did I mention free admission and a free t-shirt??

Volunteers are needed every day of the fair (August 22-September 2) for the following shifts:

8:00-11:30 AM
11:00-2:30 PM
2:00-5:30 PM
5:00-8:30 PM

*Note: day shifts fill quickly, most needs are evenings, weekends, and Labor Day weekend

Interested? Email: [email protected]

Red-Vested Rockstar: Chase Tokarczyk

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Children’s Volunteer Services presents: Red-Vested Rockstar!

Meet Chase!

1.   Why he ROCKS?!

 “My niece and nephew were both patients here at Children’s when they were born with heart defects.  Volunteering at Children’s is my way of giving back for saving two wonderful lives.”

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

 “Outside of volunteering, I love to play music (mostly the guitar) for my friends and family.”

 3.   Do you have any kids or pets of your own?

 “I have three pets: 2 dogs and 1 parrot.”

 4.   If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

 “If I could create a new candy bar, it would be an Oreo covered in caramel, then layered with milk chocolate. I would call this creation the ‘Caramel King!’”

5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

       “I was pushing a young boy around in a little car through the hallways…after a while, he began to hum the theme to Batman:  nah-nah-nah nah-nah-Batman!  This made my week, since Batman is my favorite superhero.”

 Thank you, Chase, for being such a rockstar! Your smile and enthusiasm are an asset to Children’s!

From Mom to Volunteer: Lori’s Story

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

 

Check out Lori’s story below. From visiting Children’s as a mother of a premature baby girl, to becoming an inpatient volunteer. What a testament to the volunteers that give their time and talents to the little ones we serve! 

Mother daughter winter vacation in Vegas!

“The journey that brought me to the volunteer team at Minneapolis Children’s began on July 28, 1993; when my daughter Paige Webb was a patient in NICU/ICC.  During that time, I was touched by volunteers that would hold and comfort Paige when we could not be there. A gift I wanted to return or more appropriately pay forward. Paige is a happy, healthy college freshman at Gustavus Adolphus College; and thrilled that she is the inspiration for my volunteering.”

               What an incredible way to give back. Thank you for sharing your story, time, and positive spirit with Children’s!