Volunteer

Information Desk

April 11, 2019

Information Desk

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“We have a lot of people who don’t speak English and some of the volunteers speak other languages. I can help patients and their families who speak Spanish and French,” says Pilar Mac Daniel, pictured left, a volunteer at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center’s Information Desk. Patty Kadivar, pictured right, says, “Volunteering gives us […]

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Tags: National Volunteering Week, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Volunteer, volunteering services


Confirmation by a Smile

April 10, 2019

Confirmation by a Smile

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“I knew I wanted to go into pediatrics when this little boy started to smile,” says Nareg Thomas, a Care Extender at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. “When I first entered the room, I was a little nervous because the nurses had been trying all day to interact with the boy, but he was super introverted. […]

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Data Says a Lot

April 10, 2019

Data Says a Lot

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“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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Birthday Cakes for Everyone

April 9, 2019

Birthday Cakes for Everyone

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“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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Transporting Happiness

April 7, 2019

Transporting Happiness

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“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

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“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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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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Part time Modeling, Full Time Helping

October 22, 2018

Part time Modeling, Full Time Helping

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“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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