Volunteer Spotlight: Wahlert High School Students
Why do you choose to volunteer at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital?
• To help people through a difficult time.
• To be exposed to situations that I normally wouldn’t encounter.
• I want to pursue a career in the medical field and become familiar with the hospital setting.
What is your most memorable volunteer experience at Finley?
• Serving patients in the emergency department when it was very busy.
• Helping an elderly couple in the emergency department. They both had limited mobility and I was able to get them drinks and blankets to make them both more comfortable. They were so thankful for the little things I was able to do for them. It was humbling.
• The first day that I volunteered in the Behavioral Health Unit I was asked to sit and talk with one of the patients. I sat with this patient and talked to them for nearly my entire shift. We talked about everything. I genuinely felt that the patient and I had helped each other out. This memory still motivates me to make the most of my volunteer time and to get to know as many people during my experiences as I can.
What do you find most rewarding about your volunteer assignment?
• The patient successes, appreciation, and happiness.
• My communication skills and sense of empathy towards others has increased, as I now have an even greater understanding of how essential it is to show empathy and kindness towards everyone.
• Being able to put a smile on people’s faces, having conversations and making people feel comfortable while they’re at Finley.
• Volunteering has taught me how to communicate more effectively, as well as how to work with others as part of a team. I find a great sense of purpose when I volunteer. I feel that volunteering is a fantastic way for me to help out in my community. The time I have spent at UnityPoint Health has expanded my views on the healthcare industry as a whole. I am grateful for this opportunity.
Who or what motivates you to volunteer?
• As Christians we are called to serve. This teaching motivates me to volunteer and be of assistance to others.
• I see healthcare as a necessity for every community. I want to do anything I can to improve or aid this system and the people affected by it. Right now, that means volunteering, but in the future I hope to become a healthcare professional.
• I enjoy helping others and making a difference.
• My mom has always taught me to live a life of service. She always taught me to give without expecting anything in return.
Please join us in thanking all of these students for their hard work and dedication!
Pictured left to right: Jimmy Chapman, Spencer Goerdt, Holly Hohmann, Lillian Jackson, Collin Link, Bailey Hasken, Sam Gilligan. Not pictured: Olivia King and Sarah Timmerman