April is National Volunteer Month. We want to take a moment to recognize our invaluable volunteer department for their service to our hospital, patients and the families we serve. Thank you!
Name: Meredith Holkeboer
Occupation/Title: Volunteer Services Assistant/Pet Therapy Coordinator
Interests / Hobbies: Watching my daughter explore and learn about the world around her, my three dogs, antique fairs, refinishing furniture, rock climbing, traveling and all things outdoors. This summer my husband and I are taking our two-year-old on her first multi day 30+ mile backpacking trip!
When did you start working at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California? I started working for Shriners Hospitals for Children in October of 2015. I was looking for a position that combined my many years in the field of volunteer management, with a positive mission, children and if possible- animals. I didn’t think a position encompassing all of these existed until I heard about the Volunteer Services Assistant/Pet Therapy Coordinator title here at the hospital. It is truly my dream job!
Can you share a bit about what makes your job so rewarding? I have the opportunity to spend my days with hard working and inspiring people. The Volunteer Services Department supports the work of the hospital by providing volunteers to almost every department. While supporting our staff, volunteers have a unique opportunity for education, skill development, connection and community. I enjoy helping to facilitate win-win relationships throughout the hospital. It’s a bonus that our volunteers are diverse in age, background, culture and life experience- and that some are dogs, cats and rabbits!
How would you describe a good day at work? A good day at work is any day I have the opportunity to bring new volunteers on board. When I hear staff recognizing their volunteers for a job well done. Hearing stories from our Pet Therapy teams about patients and parents who brighten up while spending time with their animals. When I walk the halls and see volunteers confidently engaged in their work, filled with purpose and aware of the positive impact they are having in the hospital.
What would you like the community to know about Shriners Hospitals for Children-Northern California? I would like members of the community to know there are always ways to support the hospital. Just ask!