Why he rocks: “I started volunteering because I wanted to serve and make people, specifically kids, smile - even if just for a second. I chose Children's because I wanted to give back to the hospital after my daughter had surgery here, before she was 3. In a stressful situation, it helped to have someone there to talk to, even if they just listened.
Why she rocks: “I’m a senior in high school, and have always been interested in the medical field. I decided to volunteer at Children’s for many reasons; mainly to give back to my community and to the people that help others every day. Also, I love cuddling with babies!”
Why he rocks: “Our daughter spent 48 hrs in the NICU for precautionary reasons after her birth. Although our stay in the NICU was short, seeing those families made me think how difficult it must be to be there for a long period. So that, along with seeing athletes interact with the children over the years in hospitals peaked my interest further to look into volunteering. I coached youth hockey for 5 years up until we had our daughter, so this is a great opportunity to continue interacting with kids. My wife always says I act like a kid, so it's always been a great fit interacting with kids!”
Vicky has volunteered at Children’s since 2006, earning nearly 3,000 service hours! She loves to help others, so assisting families and visitors at the Welcome Center was the perfect fit.
Why she rocks: “I'm currently a junior at Eastview High School and started volunteering because I wanted to get exposure to what being a volunteer meant. Children's was a great fit for me because I felt like I was really making a difference in the lives of the kids and families I was interacting with. I love being able to come in every week and meet someone new!”
Why she rocks: "My love of helping children is what got me into volunteering. I am a freshman at the University of Minnesota, and I am interested in going into medicine, so why not combine two things I am interested in! Throughout my time at Children’s, my passion for healthcare has only grown. Volunteering isn’t something I have to do, it is something I love to do."
What excites you most about working at Children’s? “I was a volunteer here for two years and also held an internship in the volunteer services office last summer. Children's seems like home to me and I am so excited to be able to spend a lot of my time here!”
“For a three-year period, clinics and hospitals became a routine place for my family and me. My brother was diagnosed with brain cancer when he was just three years old, I was eight at the time. Throughout these seemingly endless visits, the most vivid memories I have are of Children’s hospital. I remember not being as upset about going into the big building, because there was always something exciting waiting on the inside. At Children’s it wasn’t just doctors and needles, it was activity books and dollhouses. Along with these luxuries came the most invaluable prize of all, my brother’s health. My family and I are so very grateful for the wonderful treatment and attention the whole family was given. When Children’s healed my brother, they healed my family.
At Children’s, we want our families to feel welcomed and comfortable from the moment they walk through the front door to when they leave the parking lot. Volunteers at our Welcome Center help provide that warm environment by answering family questions, and escorting them to their appointments.
Congratulations to Children’s volunteer Sreya Kappagantula on receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award.