Sunday, July 30, 2006

Community Service At NorthSide Hospital

Today I called NorthSide hospital to see if I could join the community service program there. NorthSide is not only one of the best hospitals in the country it's also one of the busiest hospitals in the country for child births. One of the biggest needs they have is for people to help with, and hold, the new born babies. It turns out that to volunteer at NorthSide you have to complete an application, and if the application is approved you have to join the NorthSide auxiliary association. The auxiliary is the members only volunteer organization that does all of the volunteering at NorthSide. The one thing I found strange is that if you want to join the auxiliary (which is required to volunteer) you have to pay annual association dues. It's a minimal fee, and certainly well worth the opportunity to help with babies - but still I thought it a little odd that a hospital would require volunteers to pay for the opportunity. I guess NorthSide doesn't have a volunteer shortage.

Anyway, they have said they will send me an application. I can't wait to get started. I've been doing community service of one kind or another since I was in high school (actually I think I may have participated in various community service projects in elementary school as well), and I look forward to being able to work with babies as well. Like Kahlil Gibran (philosopher, poet, novelist) said "it is when you give of yourself that you truly give." It's a little corny, but I think it's true.

Thanks again for reading.

~W

2 comments:

bridget kane said...

Hey Guys, Just read through your blog, great stuff. If I were looking for adoptive parents and came across this, I would look no further. Best of luck with everything and I hope to hear/see you guys soon : )

Anonymous said...

I was once a Volunteer at Northside and it was by far one of the best experiences I have had. Once you get through the paper work, you will be so happy when you rock that first baby to sleep, that you won’t even remember the loads of paperwork you filled out when you are holding that baby.

Good luck to you both

- Terry