Picking Up the Baton His Wife Left Behind
Bob LaFontaine, pictured with some of the MidMichigan Medical Center – Gladwin volunteers, loves every minute he spends volunteering.
Several years ago, when Bob LaFontaine’s wife retired from her job, she decided she would like to try volunteering. “She completed an application at MidMichigan Medical Center – Gladwin, and even began training to work in the gift shop. Then, before she could begin her first shift, she took ill and eventually passed away.”
After several months of grieving the loss of his wife, LaFontaine began thinking. “I thought, maybe I should try volunteering somewhere. I contacted the hospital, completed an application and, as the saying goes, ‘the rest is history.’ I picked up the baton my wife left behind.”
LaFontaine began volunteering by working a couple of shifts a month in the gift shop at MidMichigan Medical Center – Gladwin. “Soon, I was asked if I would like to do the gift shop scheduling. Then, I was asked to join the board of directors.” He’s also served as chairman of fundraising, Love Light Trees and quilt raffles, and most recently, as the chairman for the volunteers’ 50th anniversary celebration. LaFontaine also works on several fundraising and community projects, and currently serves as treasurer of the volunteers while continuing to work two shifts a month in the gift shop.
“I love every minute I spend volunteering,” LaFontaine said. “If you have some spare time and have ever thought about it, MidMichigan would be a great place to begin. You can spend as little or as much time as your schedule allows, and there are several different areas of volunteering to choose from. Since becoming a volunteer at MidMichigan, I have met some wonderful people that I’m proud to work with and call friends.”
Those who would like to learn more about becoming a volunteer at MidMichigan Health, may visit www.midmichigan.org/volunteers.