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Published on June 22, 2016

Volunteering to Stay Active in the Community

Phil and Norva Taylor - Volunteers at MidMichigan Medical Center - Gratiot

On Friday mornings, you’ll find Phil and Norva Taylor on the surgical floor, answering phones, talking to patients and helping people find their way.

When Phil and Norva Taylor retired, they wanted to stay active within their community. “We wanted to be out and about in the public and still be able to see people we knew,” Norva said. After talking with her sisters, who were previous volunteers at MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot, Phil and Norva decided to give it a try.

“We’ve been volunteers since 2001,” she said. “We started out volunteering in the patient tower, and recently moved to the surgical floor.” There, you’ll find Norva and Phil, every Friday morning, helping patients find their way, answering phones, directing families and letting them know the status of their loved one’s surgery.

The Taylors enjoy volunteering as a couple, and like the atmosphere that the Medical Center provides. “Everyone here works well together, and we really feel appreciated,” Norva said. “Volunteering makes us feel like we’re all out and about, keeping occupied and having a purpose in life.”

If you’re considering becoming a volunteer, Norva encourages you to fill out an application, and just go through the training to see whether or not you’d like it. “It’s a good thing to do,” she said. “Just do the training, and I think you’ll come to enjoy it just as much as we do.”

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