One way Marian girls are making a difference in the community is by volunteering.
According to the February Network survey, almost 10 percent of girls put their time and e ort into volunteering at hospitals around the Omaha area. From delivering newspapers to holding babies to working in the gift shop, these hospital volunteers do it all.
Senior Melissa Bohan, a volunteer at Children’s Hospital, has been volunteering an hour and a half every week for two years now. “I get to rock babies, clean toys, play board games, and do whatever the hospital needs me to do,” Bohan said. “Each week is di erent, and I always look forward to seeing patients.”
Senior Taylor McHugh also volunteers at Children’s every week. She works in Kids Camp, supervising and playing with patients and their siblings at the clinic connected to the hospital. “I have learned to be thankful for what you have in life and give back to others in any way possible,” McHugh said.
Senior Julia Griffin does much of the same work volunteering at Methodist Hospital. She makes deliveries to patients, restocks the nurses’ stations, and cleans medical charts. Griffin has been volunteering since her sophomore year and is also a volunteer supervisor, delegating tasks and making sure everything gets done. “I love it! I look forward to each Monday afternoon. It has been one of my favorite high school activities, and I will definitely continue volunteering at the hospital in the future,” Griffin said.
Griffin’s cousin and fellow Marian student sophomore Lauren Klingemann also volunteers at Methodist. “I absolutely love volunteering at Methodist. It gives me something to look forward to on Mondays,” Klingemann said. “The most rewarding part of volunteering is meeting so many different types of people all in the same place. The patients love seeing young people in the hospital so it makes their day when you start a conversation with them.”
Interaction with people is key when volunteering at a hospital, and making someone’s day is always a plus. “I love volunteering because it really has an impact on the patients, and I get to put a smile on their faces when they are going through a hard time,” Bohan said. “The most rewarding part is getting to interact with the patients and hopefully make their day a little better.”
Klingemann and Griffin also get joy every Christmas out of caroling to the patients. “I would say the most inspirational and sometimes most embarrassing stories come from Christmas caroling to the patients,” Klingemann said. “[Once, we were] asked to sing ‘Mary Did You Know’ and we thought that we knew the words but we just didn’t. After the ‘Mary, did you know’ part, we both stopped and looked at each other. It was pretty embarrassing.”
Volunteering can also be useful in deciding a career. “I have a passion for math, science, and medicine, and each Monday I am only able to feed [that passion]. I want to be a physician, so volunteering at the hospital motivates me to pursue my goal,” Gri n said.
The same goes for Bohan. “Volunteering really helped solidify whether or not I want to work in the medical eld someday. I would truly recom- mend someone who is considering [this eld] to volunteer, because you get to practice being in a hospital environment and interacting with patients,” Bohan said.
“The most rewarding part of volunteering is making someone’s day
in such a small way. It is a priceless reward to see someone’s smile or hear their gratitude,” Gri n said. “I volun- teer not for the recognition but for the small impact I can make in my corner of the world.”