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Volunteer Spotlight: Jillian Manternach

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Why do you choose to volunteer at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital?

I choose to volunteer at Finley Hospital because it offers the chance for me to give back to the community and make a difference to the people around me. It gives me the opportunity to be a part of something bigger and do something valuable with my free time. Another reason i chose to volunteer at Finley is because when I graduate I am thinking of doing something in the medical field, so volunteering will help me learn more about what happens in the hospital setting. 
I choose to volunteer at Finley Hospital because it offers the chance for me to give back to the community and make a difference to the people around me. It gives me the opportunity to be a part of something bigger and do something valuable with my free time. Another reason I chose to volunteer at Finley is because when I graduate I am thinking of doing something in the medical field, so volunteering will help me learn more about what happens in the hospital setting.

What is your most memorable volunteer experience at Finley?

My most memorable experience at the hospital happened the first week I started volunteering. there was one patient in the unity I worked in who really wanted to go home. She was secluded from everyone else, and just did not want to be there and when I introduced myself, she didn't respond. The next week when I came back, I could barley recognize the patient. She was up and walking around, talking to everyone, and smiling. She walked up to me and we started talking about how the whole staff really helped her and she feels so much happier now. Before I left, she got up and gave me a big hug. When I came back the next week, the nurses said she had gone home. The whole experience made me really happy that I was involved in making a patient's life better and more joyful. It also made me realize that looking at life positively can help you accomplish your goals. 

What do you find most rewarding about your volunteer assignment?

The most rewarding thing about volunteering is just being able to help people and make them smile. My favorite thing is when I say something or do something that makes someone else happy. Just saying hello and receiving a smile back is really rewarding. With everything else going on in the world right now, it feel so good to just have a nice conversation with someone to take their mind off of the bad things and direct it towards the good things. 

Who or what motivates you to volunteer?

I think my parents are the ones who really motivate me to volunteer. Ever since I was young my parents have always been generous, kind people who always support others. They taught my sister and I giving back to others is the good and right thing to do. By volunteering, I feel all those lessons about being kind and helpful my parents taught me are being put into action. Although I didn't always agree with them at the time, they always did what was right for me and taught me to do the same for others. 

What do you do outside of volunteering at Finley (career, hobbies, interests, etc?)

Outside of volunteering I am involved in many clubs and sports. At my high school I am involved in both soccer and volleyball. I also am in Key club, a volunteering club at my school, Model UN, and am a member of Student Council. Besides these clubs I participate in battle of the books, a competition where teams from different high schools read books and have to answer questions about the books. During my free time I do a lot of reading and studying for school. 

I choose to volunteer at Finley Hospital because it offers the chance for me to give back to the community and make a difference to the people around me. It gives me the opportunity to be a part of something bigger and do something valuable with my free time. Another reason I chose to volunteer at Finley is because when I graduate I am thinking of doing something in the medical field, so volunteering will help me learn more about what happens in the hospital setting.I choose to volunteer at Finley Hospital because it offers the chance for me to give back to the community and make a difference to the people around me. It gives me the opportunity to be a part of something bigger and do something valuable with my free time. Another reason I chose to volunteer at Finley is because when I graduate I am thinking of doing something in the medical field, so volunteering will help me learn more about what happens in the hospital setting.