Volunteering to Stay Active in His Community
Bob “Cowboy Bob” Reid volunteers at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland because he enjoys bringing joy and smiles to the faces of those around him.
Five years ago, Bob Reid regularly found himself at MidMichigan Medical Center - Midland when his wife became a patient due to reoccurring heart problems. As someone who likes to stay active, Reid would walk the halls of the Medical Center for exercise. “I like to keep moving, I don’t like to sit and not do anything,” he said.
Reid became familiar with the facility and many of the employees while on his walks. After his wife passed away about two years ago, he continued to walk the halls, which allowed him to see the friendly faces that had become part of his daily routine.
During one of his walks, Reid was approached by an employee who suggested that because he was already well known throughout the Medical Center and knew his away around, he should become a volunteer. Reid accepted a position with the popcorn service. “As long as I can wear my [cowboy] hat, I will give it a try,” Reid said. He soon realized that volunteering was the perfect fit for him.
More than a year later, Reid and his cowboy hat can still be seen wheeling the popcorn wagon around the Medical Center. He has become a friendly face and brings joy to those around him. He is known to many as “Cowboy Bob.”
“I like to keep people’s spirits up. This can be a sad place sometimes,” Reid said. He plans to continue volunteering due to the friendships that he has made and his ability to stay active within the community in which he was born and raised. When asked what his favorite part of volunteering was, Reid said, “I enjoy everyone at the facility and they seem to enjoy me.”
This is especially true for the children who Reid described as having the biggest smile on their faces when they get their popcorn. That, he said, makes every second worth it.
Those who would like to learn more about becoming a volunteer at MidMichigan Health, may visit www.midmichigan.org/volunteers.