Congratulations to Lauren Valdes on her selection as the March Volunteer of the Month. Lauren is an occupational therapy/smart group volunteer. She began volunteering in June 2013 and has more than 50 hours of service. “Lauren is a self-starter and always initiates interactions with our most challenging patients,” shares Elizabeth White, an occupational therapy aide. As a student balancing school and other responsibilities, volunteering with Nationwide Children’s makes her happy. Lauren has truly proven to be an asset to the occupational therapy team.
Congratulations to Jason Brown on his selection as the February Volunteer of the Month. Jason has been a volunteer at Nationwide Children’s since January 2014 and has dedicated more than 90 hours of service. Hollie Johnson, a child life specialist, says, “Jason has been observed to be a superb volunteer from not only myself, but from the patients and families too!” Jason has shown a great level of comfort, allowing him to connect with patients and families that extended into various age groups. “Most college-aged men may be hesitant to hold and interact with babies; however Jason stepped up to the challenge and thrived,” adds Hollie.
Congratulations to Melissa Pettograsso on her selection as the January Volunteer of the Month. Melissa has been volunteering for more than a year and has dedicated more than 100 hours of service. Melissa serves as a mentor with Connecting Families and volunteers alongside the diabetes Social Workers. She has been the long term mentor for five different families whose children are newly diagnosed with diabetes, connecting them with one another for support. “She has been an invaluable member and without her the program would not be where it is today,” shares Bethany Glick and Meredith Brink.