Making a Difference by Donating Your Time
Being able to help people, making new friends, and seeing old friends are only a few reasons why people volunteer at Brazosport Regional. Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” This sentiment rings especially true as it relates to the many ways to give of yourself to help your local hospital and community.
Retired nurse and now hospital volunteer, Mary Monroe, became an auxiliary member when she moved to Lake Jackson eleven years ago. “I instantly made friends in an unfamiliar community,” said Mary. “I manage the Gift Shop and especially love interacting with the employees and visitors and finding things they need or want. It makes me feel useful.”
After working as a teacher for many years, Debbie Paul, joined the auxiliary because the volunteers had made a significant impact on her when her parents were in and out of the hospital. “It is one of the most interesting and heartwarming things I have done since I retired,” noted Debbie. “People are scared and hurting when they come to the hospital, so it is so rewarding when you can make someone smile and relieve their fears. Just talking to them takes their minds away from things they can’t control.”
Sue Merritt grew up in the area and had always admired the volunteers. She made it a personal goal to volunteer when she retired from teaching. “I never imagined how rewarding it is to volunteer,” said Sue. “I enjoy the comradery and we have fun. I feel like the fun is contagious and we can spread the cheer and listen to visitors and patients about “their” story.”
A five year volunteer, Winona Taylor, likes how many people she has met and how many people she has reconnected with. “I have also had the opportunity to meet a lot of women. And we just have fun while volunteering,” said Winona.
Volunteers are a priceless addition to any successful hospital system. The Brazosport Regional Volunteers have donated well over $1 million to the hospital, have given countless hours of their time, and has served a tremendous amount of community members. If you are inspired by the idea of volunteering, call 979-285-1185 to get more information on how you can join the volunteer family.