Name: ALICE PACZKOWSKI of Brooklyn Park
Volunteer work: Alice Paczkowski has worked seven years as a volunteer in Harbor Hospital's Same-Day-Surgery Department, assisting patients with preparations for surgery.
Realizing the apprehension and anxiety that often accompanies the experience, Ms. Paczkowski does what she can to make patients feel comfortable and relaxed, sometimes reading to them or talking to pass away the tense moments before an operation.
That's where the importance of volunteers in a hospital setting comes in," Ms. Paczkowski says. "A volunteer can take that extra bit of time to talk and comfort a patient."
Ms. Paczkowski has nothing but praise and good feelings for the paid staff. "They are very good people," she says. "It's like a family. They're very supportive of us, and we're supportive of them."
Averaging six to seven volunteer hours a day, three days a week, she says her interest in helping others prompted her to become a volunteer. She says her own hospital experiences helped her recognize the need.
At an April awards banquet, Ms. Paczkowski was recognized for 5,500 hours of service at the hospital.
Volunteer's comment:"You don't need to get paid money to do something for someone, you get paid in other ways."
Organization's comment:"She exemplifies our volunteer department," says Ann Heil, volunteer coordinator for Harbor Hospital. "She's so giving."
To recommend someone for the "Volunteer Spotlight" call the Anne Arundel Bureau, 315-8911 or 1-800-829-8000, Ext. 8911. Fax nominations to 315-8916, or mail them to: The Sun, 8131 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena 21122.