Each month, we recognize a volunteer who goes above and beyond to assist our patients and their families.
Staff nominate our volunteers for this well-deserved recognition. Each Volunteer of the Month is eligible for Volunteer of the Year recognition.
Are you a staff member who wants to recognize an amazing volunteer? Email Volunteering@NationwideChildrens.org to nominate him or her.
October Volunteer of the Month: Makayla Fusco
More Than 100 Hours of Service
Makayla Fusco began volunteering in 2017 and has given more than 100 hours of service during her first year. Makayla is an Art Cart volunteer with outstanding attendance and engagement in her volunteer role. During the previous holiday season, Makayla gave additional service to help the Family & Volunteer Services Department with donation processing. “During the holiday donation season, Makayla took initiative, was willing to help with whatever task was requested of her and gave extra volunteer time beyond her required commitment,” shared Resource Coordinator Steve Johnson.
September Volunteer of the Month: Joe Damico
More Than 1,370 Hours of Service
Joe Damico began volunteering at Nationwide Children's Hospital in 2001 and has given more than 1,370 hours of service. Joe volunteers with the admitting gift cart and also serves in a family experience role. “In addition to his time spent distributing gifts, Joe is a silent force behind the admitting gift cart, keeping staff on their toes, training incoming volunteers and ensuring that the cart is always improving in its service to our patients and families," shared Sibling Clubhouse Lead Kyle Lemstrom.
August Volunteer of the Month: Kim Heckler
More Than 160 Hours of Service
Kim Heckler began volunteering in the C4C NICU in 2017 and has given more than 160 hours of service. “Kim is so compassionate and eager to help," shares C4C RN Amanda Gill. "He is very patient with the babies that cry inconsolably."
July Volunteer of the Month: Rhonda King
More Than 770 Hours of Service
Rhonda King began volunteering at the Information Desk in 2012 and has dedicated more than 770 hours of service. Her help is appreciated by the many staff who work at the Information Desk on the weekends. “Rhonda is an asset on the weekends," shares Information Desk Specialist Harriet Jones. "She helps keep things running smoothly.”
June Volunteer of the Month: Jennifer Coates
More Than 90 Hours of Service
Jennifer Coates began volunteering in 2017 and has dedicated more than 90 hours of service. She volunteered with the Infant/Toddler Music Playgroup before recently transitioning to the H10 patient units. “Jennifer was a bright spot in our Tuesday morning playgroup, making every patient and family feel welcome," shared Child Life Specialist Lindsay Schwartz. "Whether she was holding a baby, dancing with a toddler or cleaning toys, Jennifer had a smile and a positive attitude.”
May Volunteer of the Month: Jim Krueger
More Than 1,136 Hours of Service
Jim Krueger began volunteering in 2015 and has dedicated more than 1,136 hours of service. Jim volunteers weekly in the Alliance Data Sibling Clubhouse and an evening school-age activity group, and he also assists with short-term volunteer requests. “Jim has been absolutely indispensable in his dual roles with evening activity group and in the Sibling Clubhouse,” shares Sibling Clubhouse Lead Kyle Lemstrom. “Jim is always full of joy – he starts and ends each shift with a smile.”
April Volunteer of the Month: Swathi Vudatala
More Than 235 Hours of Service
High School Volunteer Swathi Vudatala began volunteering in 2014 and has dedicated more than 235 hours of service. She volunteered at the Information Desk for three years before recently transitioning to the H5 patient units. “Swathi is a driven, dependable and responsible volunteer,” shares Information Desk Representative Marsha Cuveilje. “She would go above and beyond her typical duties to provide excellent customer service to patients, families and visitors.”
March Volunteer of the Month: Christina Hahn
More Than 420 Hours of Service
Christy Hahn began volunteering in 2015 and has dedicated more than 420 hours of service. She recently started volunteering in the new H7B NICU. “Christy is a caring & loving person to the staff, families and patients she interacts with,” shared Unit C4C RN Clinical Lead Kelly Kennedy. “She is always smiling, easy to talk to and willing to help wherever she is most needed.”
February Volunteer of the Month: Sharon Lee
More Than 120 Hours of Service
Sharon Lee began volunteering in 2016 and has dedicated more than 120 hours of service. Sharon volunteers in the outpatient Infusion Clinic. “Sharon is a dedicated volunteer who is helpful to everyone she interacts with in the clinic,” shared RN Mary Elliott.
January Volunteer of the Month: Jim Lubinsky
More Than 400 Hours of Service
Jim Lubinsky began volunteering in 2015 and has dedicated more than 400 hours of service. His volunteer assignments include clerical support in the Cytogenetics Lab, Family Experience Liaison and the seasonal ‘Santa’s Helper’ role. “Jim’s dedication to Nationwide Children’s is evident in everything that he does,” shares Volunteer Program Manager Kim Cummin. “You will rarely see Jim without a smile and he emanates a warm welcoming demeanor with everyone he interacts with.”