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Want to give back? Volunteer at the hospital

Bolingbrook – Have you considered volunteering but don’t know how to get started? The holidays are a great time to commit to giving back to your community. Learn more about the volunteer opportunities available at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital at an upcoming open house. Stop by for cookies, hot chocolate and holiday music anytime between 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15-19 at the hospital, 500 Remington Boulevard, Bolingbrook. Check in at the front desk for directions to the volunteer office.  

 

Volunteers are especially needed during daytime hours Monday through Friday, according to Volunteer Director Jody Heilstedt.

 

“Our volunteers play such an important role in providing the positive experience our patients and visitors have come to expect at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital,” Heilstedt said. “It also offers volunteers the opportunity to meet new people, develop friendships, learn new skills, build self-confidence and gain personal satisfaction.”

 

Bolingbrook resident Steve Grossett was inspired to become a volunteer six months ago after visiting a friend in the emergency room. He suffered a stroke in 2004 and has since been on permanent disability, physically unable to return to work as a railroad freight conductor because of the mandatory 72-hour work week. According to Grossett, “God’s spirit” moved him to volunteer service. He works three days a week at the hospital, where he helps patients and visitors at the information desk and in the medical/surgical units.

 

“The patients, I like to listen to them,” Grossett said. “The ones who are feeling bad, I like to tell them my history. When I’m here, I’m here to work. If I can get water for the patients or a newspaper for a visitor, I do that. It’s just something small I can do to make their time here less stressful.”

 

A longtime community volunteer, Bolingbrook resident Ruthi Sommers started volunteering at the hospital nearly two years ago. At the time, the hospital was under construction; Sommers worked in the emergency room reception area at the hospital’s predecessor, Adventist Bolingbrook Medical Center. She enjoys lending a friendly ear to waiting room visitors whose loved ones are in the emergency room.

 

“Volunteering is such a great way to help the community and pay it forward,” said Sommers, who volunteers on Tuesday nights and works full time as a secretary at the Naperville Fire Department. “I’ve been blessed with good health and I’m able to do it, so why not? Volunteering doesn’t take much of your time – you can spend all day or you can just spend two hours here. The schedule is very flexible.”

 

Volunteers are required to commit to a regular schedule of at least two hours a week for a minimum of six months, provide proof of immunizations, take an annual tuberculosis test, attend training and in-service sessions, and be physically able to work on selected assignments. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old and have completed eighth grade. For more information, attend the open house or contact Heilstedt at (630) 312-4000 or Jody.Heilstedt@ahss.org.