Name: Viola Parks of Brooklyn.Volunteer work: At...


Name: Viola Parks of Brooklyn.

Volunteer work: At 90, Viola Parks is still doing what she has done for the past 30 years at Harbor Hospital -- volunteering.

Next month, Ms. Parks will be honored during the hospital's annual volunteer luncheon for having completed more than 20,000 hours of volunteer service.

Although she has cut back on the hours she serves each week, she has worked up to 40 hours a week as a volunteer.

She's watched the facility expand and the number of volunteers increase, but the nature of her work has never changed -- helping others and trying to make people smile.

For years, Ms. Parks has amused both patients and staff by dressing up in costumes to celebrate just about any holiday -- appearing as a Pilgrim during Thanksgiving or a pumpkin during Halloween.

She serves as Chairperson for the Auxiliary volunteers, responsible for seeing that volunteers show up for their shift and arranging for substitutes if necessary.

In addition, she assists with the hospital's gift shop and can be seen at least one day a week pushing the gift cart from room to room.

Volunteer's comment: Ms. Parks says that she has always "loved" her volunteer work and that working at the hospital has always been an important part of her life. She believes that working as a volunteer may hold a key for keeping a person young at heart. "I don't think I'll ever grow old."

To recommend someone to be in the "Volunteer Spotlight" call the Anne Arundel Bureau, 315-8911 or 1-800-829-8000, Ext. 8911, any time or fax nominations to 315-8916 or mail them to: The Sun For Anne Arundel, 8131 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena 21122.

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