Enloe Volunteers Share Greatest Gift
Message from Lotus Guide: A recent Gallup poll reported an increase in the number of people volunteering. It stated that it’s because people are being exposed to the “world of volunteering,” which we believe is true; however, we also believe that it’s also because people are being exposed to the “world” more than ever in human history. We think Winston Churchill put it well when he said, “You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” Understanding our true value in our world is the real challenge of our time.
We would also like to thank Enloe Medical Center for opening its doors to our magazine during the past few years.
Rahasya & Dhara
By Roseanna Galindo-Kuhn
Enloe Volunteers have been connecting caring community members with hospital service opportunities since 1965. Within existing and emerging needs of our hospital, it is our goal to find the perfect fit for the time and talent of our community volunteers. We believe that no volunteer opportunity in Chico is as rewarding and satisfying as ours. We asked some of our dedicated volunteers how they feel.
Can becoming an Enloe Medical Center community volunteer make a positive difference and contribute to overall well-being? “You bet,” says Enloe Patient Ambassador Randy Wonzong. Wonzong, who has volunteered at Enloe since 2007, explains, “I get a sense of accomplishment when I help others. It’s a sense that I made other people feel better.”
According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, volunteering not only strengthens communities and improves the lives of others, but it has transformative power for the volunteers themselves. This is illustrated by Reiki volunteer and Enloe Spiritual Support volunteer Peggy Dufon, who says, “When I am on duty as an SSV [Spiritual Support Volunteer], I see my task as this: To meet the patient wherever he or she is, be fully present, listen with nonjudgmental ears, respond from the heart, and be open to divine guidance. This kind of communication creates a safe space where small miracles can happen. Then I ask myself, ‘Why not use this with my friends and family when I am off duty?’ Working as an SSV shows me what I am capable of and invites me to stretch myself throughout every day.”
Sharing the gift of music is another gentle and giving way members of our community are able to touch another in a meaningful way. As a volunteer musician since 2008, David Pierce explains that the musicians who play at Enloe have a special quality—not only are they excellent musicians, but they’re committed to giving a true gift of their music to those who have great need. Volunteer musicians address the diverse populations of patients, families, and staff at the hospital, often playing guitars, piano, harps, and even the hammered dulcimer.
As David notes, “If performed correctly, it [music] can soothe the patients’ souls and provide a pleasant distraction to patients and their families. Music facilitates a broader healing environment and has more therapeutic power than just popping a CD in your player. It’s a whole other dimension of healing when you have a real human being playing for you who cares about your well-being.”
There are so many ways our community members can share their spirit, their gifts, and their time with those who may be hurting, healing, and in need of a gentle lift. Perhaps author Anne Lamott sums it up perfectly: “Gratitude begins in our hearts and then dovetails into behavior. It almost always makes you willing to be of service, which is where the joy resides. It means you are willing to stop being such a jerk. When you are aware of all that has been given to you, in your lifetime and in the past few days, it is hard not to be humbled, and pleased to give back.”
You can contact the director of Volunteer Services at 530-332-4575.