National Day of Service

One of our many wonderful Davis Hospital Volunteers was featured in the Davis County Clipper article, “National Day of Service.” You can read the article below or follow the link to the Clipper’s website.

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National day of service

By Becky Ginos

Volunteer Thelma Carpenter helps bag meals at the senior center. (Courtesy photo)

FARMINGTON — Feeling a little down in the dumps or lonely – go volunteer. People volunteer for a multitude of reasons, but most say it benefits them as much as those they are helping.

“I get much more than I give,” said Laurell Martinez who has been a volunteer at the Davis Hospital & Medical Center for five years. “Volunteering is so gratifying. It’s a wonderful opportunity to help other people. I love what I do.”

The Davis County Commissioners recently honored those volunteers in the county by proclaiming April 5 as Recognition Day for National Service.

“Our local leaders have a unique role in the community,” said Kristy Cottrell, division director Family Health & Senior Services with the Davis County Health Department. “We can all come together to work, live, play and age. Nationally there is AmeriCorps and RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) that manage volunteers to make the community better. Volunteers get things done. It’s a tool to meet city and county needs.”

Cottrell said volunteers can be used to solve local needs. “Our goal is to foster citizen engagement,” she said. “Utah is a very volunteering friendly state. It’s important to take the time to recognize what they’ve done. As leaders we can use volunteers to help people feel safe and connected so that everyone feels valued and not left behind or forgotten.”

Manuel Martinez, Laurell’s husband, said as a driver for the Meals on Wheels program letting people know they care is as vital as the meals they deliver. “A lot of them want to tell stories,” he said. “But that doesn’t bother me. It’s important to listen to them. It’s great when I start to drive away and the person comes out to say thank you to the driver too.”

Manuel and another volunteer have 44 stops on their route and deliver up to 65 meals or even more for the weekend, he said. “I’ve been doing it for about three and a half years. I must say the reason I started was because my wife was volunteering and she inspired me to get going.”

He said it’s kind of catching on too because as he tells his friends about what he does, they want to do it. “A lot of meals get delivered,” he said. “It’s nice knowing I did something good for people.”

Laurell, who retired from Weber State University a few years ago, knew she wanted to do something else. “I felt volunteering was important and a way to give back to the community,” she said. “I’d been retired for a while when my son said, ‘any capable person should volunteer and make the world a little bit better.’ So I did.”

She does a variety of tasks at the hospital but she recalls one especially sweet moment. “There was a young woman from the Job Corps who was very anxious because she didn’t have her mom there,” Laurell said. “I got permission to sit with her through her procedure. It felt so good. It was personally satisfying to be there for somebody.”

Cottrell would like to encourage even more people to get out and volunteer. “Our need is much greater than our supply.”

“There are a lot of needs in our community,” said Laurell. “It’s what we’re called to do – care about one another and give back. Time is a wonderful thing to give. People really appreciate it.”

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