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National Volunteer Week Q&A- Reaching for Relief

1. Why did you decide to become a volunteer?
We created a Community Problem Solving project in our local high school, and partnered with Halifax Health. We decided to become a volunteer when we realized how great the need for support of families of patients is. Our strong passion in this area motivated our project, seeing as we had personal experiences spark our idea. We provide different comfort resources such as overnight tote bags; which include everyday necessities, local service lists; with information about the local area, and additional resources for the families of patients. Through volunteering, our relationship with NASCAR Foundation has increased our participation in the Speediatrics portion of Halifax Health.

2.What have you enjoyed most about volunteering?
We are delighted to see the feedback and involvement we have had with a substantial amount of members in our community. We have had the opportunity to reach out to an immense amount of different businesses and organizations to help us achieve this goal. The connections we have made have allowed us to further the effect we create. When we receive emails or comments from the families that we have helped, the gratification that they show allows us to fully understand the intensity of our impact.

3. What motivates and inspire you do your best? Do you set any goals?
The heartfelt feedback from the family members of patients has inspired us and allowed our team to recognize the significant effect we have made. Our goal is to ease the burden of families of patients in the Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units that are in these units for an unexpected amount of time. We feel that we have reached our goal, and will continue to do so. Even the simplest actions can leave an everlasting impact on those who are experiencing hardships.

4. What are two accomplishments you are most proud of? 
Our team has humbly affected the lives of over 400 families of patients in the Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units at Halifax Health. We have given out a total of 400 overnight tote bags, along with the other comfort resources we provide, that are available to the families of patients. Another accomplishment our team is most proud of is the NASCAR partnership and guidance we have received. This partnership allowed us to broaden our connections and meet with certain individuals of the foundation, who have been incredibly helpful.