“When people come here they’re hurting. It takes a smile, a positive comment or just offering a snack,” said Susan Meleric, Mon Health Medical Center Auxiliary president.
Mon Health Medical Center volunteers said they work everyday to make a difference by helping others.
Volunteer of the Month Aimee Tallman said, “I just felt like I wanted to help out in the community and give a little of my time to do something good for other people.”
For the past seven years, Tallman has spent her free time volunteering at Mon Health Medical Center.
“I work at the information desk. Basically I answer the phone, give people directions, and help them out when they come in,” said Tallman.
Volunteers provide human interaction for patients who can’t see their families or families who cannot make it to the hospital.
Tallman said, “A gentleman had his wife in the hospital for quite a long time. He would call in, because he wasn’t able to make it in on his own. We would started off with a small basic conversation and soon after that he started calling in on a regular basis. We would just talk because he was obviously upset he couldn’t make it in to see his wife.”
Tallman also serves on the hospital’s “Ball of the Year” committee.
Meleric added, “She was awesome last year. She was on the decorating committee and she and another volunteer did a wonderful job.”
“It is rewarding. It is rewarding to see the difference you can make. Just a simple thing can brighten someone’s day. That’s why we are here,” said Tullman.