Volunteers: Give Time and Comfort
Geneva Wallace begins her volunteer day in the unit's playroom.
Geneva Wallace has always loved babies. Growing up, she says, “we always had someone's baby visiting in the house.” Today the retired Calvert County elementary school principal spends Monday mornings playing with patients on the Infant and Toddler Unit at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. There is “just something about helping these innocent little children that keeps me coming in every week,” she says.
Her daughter, Tria Tucker, the television services coordinator at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, first suggested Wallace volunteer seven years ago upon her retirement. After training, Wallace began her volunteering years rocking babies and singing to them.
Today, her loving care might include comforting the child who is lonely or giving another a stroller ride around the unit. “What I do frees the nurses tremendously,” says Wallace, “so they can take care of children’s medical needs. They are so appreciative of the volunteers.”
This story first appeared in the 2015 spring edition of Hopkins Children's magazine.
Interested in becoming a volunteer at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center? Contact volunteer services, 410-955-5924.
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