I have worked in the Children’s Specialty Center at The UVM Children’s Hospital for 19 years. Though I have always volunteered in the community, it was only when I started working here that I become aware of the Children’s Miracle Network – and decided it was something I needed to support. That was ten years ago. Today, I am still committed to it and raising much-needed funds for our children through the Big Change Roundup fundraiser, happening now through March 6, 2015.
Why do I give back? Every day at the Children’s Specialty Center, I see how the money raised from the Big Change Roundup goes toward helping our patients and their families. For starters, the Children’s Specialty Center is not like any other clinic I have ever seen.
- The waiting room is fun and full of toys and games.
- The exam rooms all have unique themes (jungle, sports, under the sea, and many more!) and are decorated with bright and friendly murals.
- The clinic has infusion bay chairs for patients who are receiving treatments, so we can make them as comfortable as we can.
- We have a blanket warmer so we can wrap a child who is not feeling well in a warm and comfy blanket.
- We have a state-of-the-art distraction unit that is used for pain management.
All of these amenities were made possible with money from the Big Change Roundup.
When the Children’s Specialty Center first started fundraising for the Big Change Roundup we raised about $150 dollars. Each year, we challenged ourselves to raise more than the previous year. We hold bake sales, raffles, a vendor fair, a hula hoop contest — and we are always looking for new and fun ideas. Last year, we raised $4294.78, and this year our goal is $5000!
When I see the programs in action and see how much they help the children and families I know that my fund raising is not in vain. Each and every penny counts towards making every child’s experience the best that it can be.
Maureen Leopold is Practice Supervisor of the Children’s Specialty Center at The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital.