I have been a volunteer at Primary Children’s for a little over two
years. I was employed there for a few months and life took me to a
new workplace, but I loved the children and the atmosphere so much I
spend ten hours of my free time a week to this place of healing.
As a volunteer, my focus is in the Emergency Room. I help staff walk
patients and their families to their room. I run errands for the
children, like getting drinks and snacks, to help a scary experience
feel a little more fun. Also as a volunteer we help answer parent
questions, or point them to the right person to help fulfill their
The best part and the worst part is the children. The children are so
strong and confident, no matter what brought them to the ER, they
always keep going. I admire every child who has to go through some of
the experiences they have to. They are the more difficult because
you’re witnessing the innocent beings, go through the darkest, most
depressing parts of this world; abuse, cancer, and sickness.
I have learned many things from volunteering here. I have learned
communication skills with a variety of people who are a variety of
ages. I also learned my own appreciation for my personal trials. This
experience always reminds me of that saying “If everyone threw
their problems in a pile, everyone would take their own problems
back.” The world would be a better place if everyone appreciated
what they have in their life.
Along with my personal gain from volunteering, I am starting nursing
school in January of 2019. This volunteer opportunity helps my future
career by familiarizing myself with a clinical environment, and how
to handle yourself in the tougher situations.
I know my actions at Primary Children’s won’t change the world,
but if I can make a child’s experience just a little bit better,
that child will hold that with them for a long time. I love seeing a
child’s eyes light up when I deliver a blanket, or bring them a cup
of juice. That makes it all worth it to me.