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Why I Volunteer

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  • Written By: Mel Tilling, Touro Infirmary Volunteer

I volunteer for a number of reasons. The main reason is that I truly like helping people. Making someone’s life happier or easier is very rewarding for them as well as for myself. Giving your time is priceless. The Golden Rule has always motivated me.

Becoming part of your community is a good reason to volunteer. When my husband and I retired from teaching in New York sixteen years ago, we went to South Carolina for the winters. We became very involved in the local school where we tutored students and helped out at Coastal Carolina University events such as basketball and football games. We even were volunteered for track officials.

We moved to New Orleans in 2009 to be close to our grandchildren. Becoming involved here was important. So we began volunteering at a number of schools and became part of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation. We worked the Super Bowl and NCAA Final Four events, which was very rewarding.

One of our neighbors told us Touro was looking for volunteers. After learning about the hospital’s history and mission, we were hooked. Touro is a wonderfull hospital with a wonderful staff. Denise Chetta, Director of Volunteer Services, does such a great job placing people and making us feel appreciated.

Working in the surgery lounge has made me so impressed with the work the doctors, nurses, and staff do at Touro everyday. I try to make the people waiting while a family member or friend is having surgery feel as comfortable and informed as possible, which is an important goal of mine.

In conclusion, I volunteer to help the community where I live. I volunteer at Touro because I truly believe we all make the hospital better for the patients and their families. The more you help people, the more you enrich your life.

National Volunteer Week, April 15 – April 21

The theme for National Volunteer Week is Celebrate Service – an opportunity to shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve. Volunteerism empowers individuals to find their purpose, to take their passion and turn it into meaningful change. National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about in their community and around the world. Their stories serve to inspire others to take action and discover their collective power to unite in making a difference.

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