I’ve heard it said that “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once or twice a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”
There are many places and many reasons to volunteer your time here in St. Tammany Parish, but the main reason to volunteer here at Lakeview Regional Medical Center is because it is really fun, rewarding and interesting! Just ask one of the volunteers. He or she will tell you that it is one of the most satisfying and worthwhile things they do – or have ever done, for that matter.
Some of our volunteers come to us because they want to ‘give back’. Some come because they want to become better acquainted with the medical staff. Some come to their ‘retirement job.’ Some come for the companionship of the other volunteers, but they all come because they want to make a difference in their community. And what a difference they do make at this Covington hospital. The hospital’s reputation for giving world-class service is in no small part due to its volunteers and their enthusiasm and generosity. Through our donated work, we help to further the hospital’s objectives and provide the best possible support for our patients, their families, our staff and visitors.
As a matter of fact, hospital staff members from other states have come to visit Lakeview Regional Medical Center, and every one of them has been amazed at the quality and professionalism of our volunteers.
You might be surprised at how varied the backgrounds of our volunteers are. Our volunteers have experience in engineering, marketing, office management, accounting, nursing, hospitality, and many other skills, additionally, they literally have lived or worked all over the world (England, South Korea, Panama, Chilé, Germany, etc.)
Hospital volunteers serve the patients and the staff of the hospital in quite a few ways, so we know you would fit right in with us. For instance, you could help patients and their families in the emergency room, various waiting rooms, Outpatient Surgery, Radiology Department and other laboratories, serve coffee, tea or juice to hospitalized patients, or help family members find balloons, plants or gifts to cheer up those recuperating in the hospital, just to name a few. We want our volunteers to work at least four hours a week. Trust me, we can put you where you will be the most helpful and work with whatever time you have available to offer! To ensure your safety as well as our patients’ we provide a hospital orientation and training session and require a background check on all prospective volunteers.
The volunteer auxiliary, through the sales at the gift shop (called The Duck’s Nest thanks to the numerous webbed-footed greeters at the front of the hospital) and fundraisers such as the Book Sale, periodic Bake, Jewelry, and Linen Sales, the Rubber Duck Derby and EGGStravaganza, the Annual Street Rod, Classic Car and Motorcycle Rally, donates thousands of dollars annually ($37,103 in 2017) to local charities (see list below). Since 2004, we have given out almost $366,000!
I hope we can convince you to consider joining our team of volunteers here at Lakeview Regional Medical Center. In addition to how good it feels to volunteer, our volunteers receive a free meal in the cafeteria every time they work, discounts at the Duck’s Nest Gift Shop, a complimentary uniform and recognition awards. We have meetings every other month at which a continental breakfast is served, as well as a Christmas party and an annual recognition luncheon. The meetings help us keep updated with hospital happenings and upcoming events.
If you would like to join us, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Alisha Kennedy, at (985) 867-3951 or any volunteer. We’ll get you an application and help you on the road to being a world-class volunteer. As Audrey Hepburn, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in December 1992, once said, ““As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” We hope you’ll join hands with us to make this a better community very soon.
Kathy Gibbs - President, Lakeview Regional Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary
Volunteering Makes a Difference
Lakeview Regional Medical Center has the most dedicated volunteers, and they make quite an impression! With the tens of thousands of volunteer hours they have logged, they are making a difference in the lives of our patients, their family members, and our staff. They are making an impact in our community, too! Last year our Volunteer Auxiliary raised over $37,000 for local charities, effecting the lives of more than just our patients.
In 2016 the Volunteer Auxiliary Donated over $37,000 to the following charities.
- Abbott Justin Brown (Pennies for Bread)
- Ralph O’Neal (SALT)
- Lucky Rogers (Wounded War Heroes)
- Alan Phillips (Wounded War Heroes)
- Dee Wild (Volunteers of America)
- Kim Kirby (Safe Harbor-Northshore)
- Liz Taurman (St. Tammany Children’s Advocacy Center/Hope House)
- Krista Carpenter (New Heights)
- Ginger Kunkle (Northshore Food Bank)
- Dr. Aaron Karlin (ACCESS)
- Support our War Heroes (not present)
We have a total of 71 volunteers who worked 20,439 hours in 2016 which is 1492 hours more than last year. We donated a total of $37,102 to various charities. In the past 13 years we have donated a total of $365,745 to over 45 different local charities. Once charity (Pennies for Bread) has received a donation every year.
2016 Volunteer Recognition
Lakeview Regional Medical Center would like the recognize the following volunteers for making a difference.
- Virginia Leidinger
- Brenda D’Antoni
- Renee Gardebled
- Catherine Rish
- Alisha Kennedy – Volunteer Coordinator
- Dianne Funck
- Cheryl Branch
- Antoinette Weatherly
- Steve Restrepo
- Cookie Zibilich
- Margaret Buisson
- Lattra Malone
- Carolyn Andrews
2017 Volunteer Auxiliary Board
- Kathy Gibbs - President
- Jerry Lambert - Past President
- Catherine Rish - Treasurer
- Beverly Smith - Vice President
- Viola Dickson- Secretary
- Carolyn Andrews - 9,800 hours
- Dianna King - 17,900 hours
- Bret Kolman, CEO
- Becky Gilly - 8,800 hours
- Ray Kinler- 8,000 hours