Resolve to volunteer in the new year

Two days and counting until 2010. Chances are, you’ve already made your New Year’s resolutions to exercise more, learn something new or spend more time with your family. This year, I challenge you to consider adding one more resolution to your list: volunteering at Children’s Hospital.

Allow me to invite you to take a peek at the value of sharing your talents with some of the kids who have no other choice but to spend time here:

  • Devon shared his first pain-free smile with Nancy, a volunteer who came in weekly after learning Devon’s parents lived far away and were not able to be here as much as they wanted.
  • Zachary learned how to read from Tanya, a volunteer, while he was here for his scheduled monthly hospitalizations.
  • Parents waiting for their child to come out of surgery were calmly reunited by Ralph, a volunteer.
  • LaQuita took her first post-surgery walk with Boone and Gwen, the therapy dog team scheduled for that day.

Most of our volunteers come here to “give back.” Many of them stay because the experience gives back two-fold.

I could go on and on about the benefits of helping others, including how helping someone else actually can help us gain insight into ourselves, or how you might just discover that the best way to spend more quality time with your family may be by doing something good together.

We would love it if you would resolve to volunteer at Children’s Hospital in 2010. It might just be the most rewarding resolution you make.

Eileen Clark, MSM, CCLS~ Eileen Clark, MSM, CCLS, manager, Family Services, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

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