Our volunteers make a world of a difference to patients, loved ones, and staff. Meet Emaan, one of our Headwaters Health Care Auxiliary volunteers, and why it matters to volunteer at the hospital.
How long have you volunteered at Headwaters?
I have been a volunteer at Headwaters since June 2022.
What made you want to get involved with Headwaters, and how did you hear about us?
I wanted to get involved with Headwaters ever since I was in high school, but I was too young at that time. I live nearby to the hospital and my friend informed me that they take volunteers over the age of 18, so once I was of age I got in touch.
I am interested in working in healthcare, in medicine specifically, so volunteering at a local hospital was a great opportunity for me to get involved in my area of vocational interest.
What are three things you love about your volunteering with Headwaters?
I love interacting and helping patients and visitors coming to Headwaters.
I also love to interact with the staff.
I enjoy getting to see how different departments operate and what is needed to make sure the hospital runs effectively.
What is one surprising thing others may not know about volunteering at Headwaters?
All the staff at Headwaters, whether they are communicating with volunteers or patients, are very kind.
Despite the difficulties they face, they always make sure patients and people come first.
What is a misconception or myth about volunteering at Headwaters you wish to dispel?
I wish to dispel the myth that the nurses and doctors are rude or don’t want to be bothered. Everyone is open to listening and helping you; everyone is encouraged to be respectful too.
Headwaters is an incredible community and invites new ideas.
If someone is interested in volunteering at HHCC, what piece of advice would you share?
I would encourage them to speak with people -- patients, nurses, doctors alike -- and understand what it is like to work in, sometimes, high-pressure situations. All in all, I would encourage empathy. If you're a student like me, I'd encourage you not just to focus on your goals of becoming a doctor or other health professional because it takes more than an academic education to become great at what you do, especially in the medical field working with other people all the time.