Floating Hospital vice president of development Laura Evans heads our corporate and donor volunteer program, planting the seeds she hopes will grow into a lasting relationship.
“Volunteers tend to arrive not knowing what to expect,” she says. “By the time they leave, they are touched by our work.”
One such example is our Women’s Wellness pop-up clinic, a twice-a-year self-care event for women who rarely have time or resources to focus on themselves. This beloved community event combines vital medical services and screenings with pampering and fun activities. It’s a whole-clinic affair that requires numerous external partners, suppliers, donors, staff and volunteers to plan and execute.
Evans organized multiple groups to help with tasks at each phase of the event, matching preferences, experience and availability with need. Meera Patturajan from the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association volunteered not only her time, but her opinion about the importance of the work.
“Normally, we don’t have the chance to do things like this,” she said. “We’re in offices in front of computers, right? We haven’t had this kind of hands-on experience. We’re learning new skills and interacting with people—giving back and learning.”
The Floating Hospital benefits from the spirit of volunteerism all year around and especially in its marquis event, Candy Cane Lane, a five-day holiday-themed wonderland during which staff and volunteers offer up games, crafts and activities, as well as gifts and donations of much-needed winter clothing.
Last year, 62 volunteers and TFH staff members welcomed 770 families in the colorfully decorated clinic. Floating Hospital community liaison Janckfre Arevalo perhaps spoke for all the volunteers when he said, “We were honored to share love and joy with the families. The experience reminded me how grateful I am for every little gift life offers.”