What brought you to RiverBend?
For almost 40 years I worked at Elkhart General Hospital as an office manager. I retired
earlier this year. I knew right away I’d need to volunteer somewhere—I couldn’t just stop
working after all those years. A friend of mine is a client here—she’s going through her
own cancer journey. She told me about their need for volunteers. I knew how it’s helped
her, and I thought it would be a good place to spend my time.
What do you do for RiverBend?
At first, I was brought on to be a greeter—welcoming people, pointing them in the right
direction. When they realized I could help with organizing and developing processes, they
placed me in more of a behind-the-scenes role. I help out wherever they need me, but for
the most part I help them keep track of clients’ needs.
What’s the best thing about this organizatio
The facility itself is incredible. And the work they do is unlike anything I’ve seen. Once I
got here and started seeing everything they do for cancer survivors, it made me feel so
glad to be part of it. It’s a place that’s nice to come to. The people here are just great,
actually everything about it is great. I just love it.
What did you do for fun?
I like to exercise; I work out 7-8 hours a week. I also like to camp, and do pretty much anything outdoors. I love spending time with my nine grandkids, reading and knitting.
Your philosophy toward volunteering?
I volunteer because it makes me feel good and I hope I am helping others through my volunteering. I look forward to getting more