Volunteer

Data Says a Lot

April 10, 2019

Data Says a Lot

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I’ve seen people who have been volunteering here for 10 and 12 years, and that says a lot about an organization and how it treats its volunteers,” says Sary Nguyen, an administrative intern in the volunteer office at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. “I don’t work with patients directly, but I manage all the volunteer […]

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Tags: hospital volunteer, National Volunteer Week, volunteer services


Birthday Cakes for Everyone

April 9, 2019

Birthday Cakes for Everyone

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I like to see people smile,” says Margarita Espinoza, a volunteer at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “I started making these tiny cakes for patient’s birthdays. The cakes are a candle with a little light and I think it helps the patients feel good. The first time I made one it took 20 minutes, but […]

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Couple Caring in Child Life

April 7, 2019

Couple Caring in Child Life

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“If you have one good connection that lasts five minutes in a shift, it’s worth the three hours and rest of the week until you can come back again,” says Andrew Hersh, a child life volunteer at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. Also a volunteer, Syd Hersh adds, “We volunteer on the same day. I have […]

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Tags: child life, National Volunteer Week, pediatrics, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, volunteer services


Relaxation Through Sound

April 7, 2019

Relaxation Through Sound

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“I will place small Tibetan bowls on the patient’s bed and have meditation music in the background to change the energy in the room,” says Lahila Oppenheimer, a sound healer and volunteer at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica in the No One Dies Alone program. “The sound of the Tibetan bowls brings people into a […]

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Tags: featured, National Volunteer Week, Relaxation, sound therapy, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica, volunteer services


Transporting Happiness

April 7, 2019

Transporting Happiness

By uclahealth uclahealth

“Volunteering is something that is really rewarding and is a great experience,” says Jason Thai, a pre-med student who volunteers at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “I volunteer in patient transport. Usually, I get a page or a call and help the patients go wherever they need. It’s important because this is a large hospital, […]

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Coming to UCLA is Like Coming Home

March 18, 2019

Coming to UCLA is Like Coming Home

By uclahealth uclahealth

“Little did I know that there was kind of a time bomb within me,” says Michael P. Richards, a patient liaison volunteer at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center who checked into the emergency room after having trouble walking. “I was diagnosed with stage three colorectal cancer in March of 2014. I’m so prejudiced because of […]

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Tags: cancer, chemotherapy, colorectal cancer, emergency room, featured, patient liaison volunteer, stage three colorectal cancer


Auxiliary Fashion Show

October 31, 2018

Auxiliary Fashion Show

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“Every volunteer in this room can do more and be more because of our partnership with the auxiliary,” says Marianne Rowan-Braun, not pictured, as she welcomes the volunteers and auxiliary members at the annual Auxiliary Volunteer Awards Luncheon and Fashion Show. “The auxiliary has a long and very visible history of supporting projects and programs […]

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Tags: Auxiliary Thrift Store, Auxiliary Volunteer, Auxiliary Volunteer Awards Luncheon, UCLA Health Volunteer


Part time Modeling, Full Time Helping

October 22, 2018

Part time Modeling, Full Time Helping

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I’ve volunteered for more than 3,000 hours,” says John Goldrick, a volunteer at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and model in the annual Auxiliary Volunteer Luncheon and Fashion Show. All the clothes were chosen from the Auxiliary Thrift Store, whose profits benefit patients in the hospital. “I went into the Auxiliary Thrift Store and looked at […]

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Feeling overwhelmed by barrage of distressing news? Try doing good as an antidote

January 26, 2018

Feeling overwhelmed by barrage of distressing news? Try doing good as an antidote

By Leigh Hopper leighhopper

“Ballistic Missile Threat Inbound To Hawaii. Seek Immediate Shelter. This Is Not A Drill,” the emergency alert read. Although it was a false alarm sent out by mistake in mid-January, the missile warning seemed plausible in today’s anything-can-happen, extreme news environment. “The sheer volume of stressful events occurring on a near-daily basis can make people […]

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Tags: managing stress, mental health, self-care for U, trauma, vicarious trauma


Pierre for patients

August 7, 2017

Pierre for patients

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“My dad’s a pediatrician and my mom is a physical therapist, so I grew up in hospitals,” says Matt Elias, who has been volunteering with his 2-year-old French bulldog, Pierre, at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for the past year as part of the UCLA People-Animal Connection program. “When I got Pierre, I realized I […]

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Tags: featured, patients, pediatrician, pet therapy, physical therapist, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, staff, therapy dogs, UCLA People-Animal Connection, UCLA Volunteer, US News, volunteer