One of my favorite books as a high school student was Promises to Keep by Dr. Tom Dooley. Dr. Dooley loosely quoted Albert Schweitzer “do something for those who don’t have it so good”. Those words helped me make the decision to enter the nursing profession-a decision I have never regretted in my 40 years of Maternal-Child nursing.

As my active nursing career was coming to the retirement phase-once again those words came to mind. Becoming an active volunteer in 2009 at Helping Hands reinforced that decision.

I do not claim to be a Mother Teresa, but do like to think that listening to my patients, sharing a prayer with them does make a difference in their lives and in mine.

The other volunteers have become a source of support and friendship for me. We laugh together, share a tear together and have formed a bond of shared commitment to helping our patients.

Why I volunteer? Simply stated: doing something for those who don’t have it so good.

Volunteer Christine Rudin RN MS
I came to Helping Hands as a very sick patient. I was broken mentally, physically, spiritually and financially. I was treated with such dignity and caring that I wanted to be part of that. In the beginning I didn’t talk… much . Boy has that changed! I looked forward to going everyday to do little things. I have made wonderful friends there, both staff and patients. I wish I could do more . As Joyce always says “God is Good”. It makes my whole being feel great.
Volunteer Deb
In response to the Love of Jesus, God has blessed me with health, skills and the ability to serve.
Luke 6:38 New International Version (NIV) …Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Volunteer Jerry Cable
I’m a new grad nurse and I’ve been volunteering at Helping Hands since summer 2012, I was in my third semester of nursing school and wanted more experience working with patients.I am very grateful that I volunteered here, this was a great experience and I learned things that are impossible to learn in school or at a regular job, it was a great way to network and meet great physicians, nurses, medical assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and many more, and I have met many patients that have touched my heart. But of all the great reasons to volunteer, I believe that by far the most important one is that it gave me an opportunity to give back to the community.I strongly believe that being a nurse shouldn’t be just another occupation, but a way of life; it’s a chance and in my opinion an obligation to improve the lives of others. Volunteering definitely made me the nurse that the world needs.
Volunteer Zahira Sarikh

The Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center is a member of the Ohio Association of Free Clinics and The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics

Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization

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