MENOMONIE, Wis. — “As a volunteer, every day is rewarding regardless of what you do,” says Donna Koranski. “You really can make a difference.”
For five years, Koranski has volunteered her time at Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar in Menomonie. Koranski volunteers for approximately nine hours a week in the Occupational Medicine Department, where she answers phones, greets patients and helps nurses with various tasks. Previously, she volunteered in the gift shop.
When asked why she enjoys volunteering, Koranski says volunteering makes her feel good. She says she feels appreciated and hears “thank you” more often than she ever would have expected.
“It’s absolutely wonderful to hear ‘thank you’ from so many,” Koranski says. “It makes you feel like you’re making a difference.”
Koranski also volunteers her time at Spring Valley Elementary School in Spring Valley, where she teaches first graders to read and write. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and watching them play sports, spending time at her cabin and riding all-terrain vehicles.
Koranski says volunteering can be especially rewarding for retirees who are looking for something to do in their spare time.
“Volunteering really helps me stay busy,” Koranksi says. “If you are considering becoming a volunteer, go for it and sign up. It will be well worth your time.”
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, call Volunteer Services at 715-838-3262. Volunteers must be 14 or older. All ability levels are welcome.
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Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in 60 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.