NMC has a team of 75 volunteers who help the organization be a welcoming place that is easy to navigate. Volunteers at NMC serve as greeters at information desks, couriers, help in the Gift Gallery and Courtyard Café, and much more. The volunteers have interesting backgrounds and interests – here’s one example.
Where do you volunteer at NMC?
I volunteer at the Information Desk, greeting people when they come in, answering questions and giving them directions. I often escort patients to and from appointments, take visitors to the patients rooms, delivering flowers, whatever is needed.
Tell us about your career path over the years?
I am a retired Dental Hygienist. I was fortunate to work in the same practice for 43 years, and established some great relationships with my patients.
What do you enjoy about volunteering at NMC?
Every time I volunteer, I come away feeling I have really helped to make somebody’s day a little better….which makes mine a little better, too. I think the first person anyone interacts with when they come through the doors at the hospital, is a chance for us to make a difference. Patients and visitors seldom are happy about having to be there, so anything we can do is helpful!
What hobbies do you have or what kinds of things do you do in your free time?
Quilting is my passion. I also enjoy cross stitch, knitting and swimming. I really like trying new recipes, too.
What’s something people may not know about you that you’d like to share?
I grew up in St. Albans and other than college, I have lived in this area with my husband and family. We have 2 daughters and son in laws who live fairly close by, and 7 grown grandchildren who are now heading out on their own. I love to sing. I sang in our church choir for years.
What’s your dream vacation?
To visit some places in Vermont that I have yet to see. Maybe incorporate some wine tasting into those places!
What historical figure would you like to have dinner with? And why?
Maya Angelou. I love to hear her speak and recite her poetry. It is so moving. The fact that she didn’t speak as a child, makes her words so much more meaningful.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about yourself?
I have been blessed with a wonderful family and friends. I love living in this community.