I’ve always wanted to use my skills to make a difference in the lives of children. But as a marketing and journalism student, I didn’t know how to apply my skills in a meaningful way. Luckily, while searching for summer internships, I found an opportunity to volunteer at Children’s Hospital and Health System Foundation.

At the foundation, I helped write and produce programs, reports, brochures, newsletters and other communication for donors and supporters. All of my work impacted the children and families served by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. I also enjoyed working with people who were so passionate about what they do.

Each day I came to work, I was greeted by some of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met. These people are so dedicated. For every project, they go above and beyond their job descriptions to give children the best care. Inspired by these people and the difference I was able to make, I wanted to continue as a volunteer.

In August, I contacted a few people in the Public Relations and Marketing Department, asking if there were openings for volunteers. I was able to sit down for an informal interview and share my portfolio with some of the staff.

Now I am a public relations and marketing volunteer. I work on internal and external marketing and communication projects, as well as materials to publicize events and other special programs. When it fits my school schedule, I’m able to shadow PR team specialists for media interviews and learn about behind-the-scenes event set-up. Observing the public relations staff at work makes me realize how great this organization is, and how these people make a difference in the lives of children every day through their work.

I am truly enjoying my experience as a volunteer at Children’s Hospital and Health System, and I look forward to the future opportunities I will have because of my role here.

If you’re interested in volunteering to make a difference for kids in our community, consider Children’s Hospital. There are so many ways to volunteer.

To learn more about some of the unique volunteers in our organization, read The mission of caring for others and Lab in the Lab.

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