Volunteering and service to others are at the very core of The Family Health Partnership Clinic. From the volunteer nurses that help out in the pharmacy and scanning patient files, to the students that join us after their school day, each of them find purpose volunteering at FHPC. Three “shining stars” this past year hail from three different high schools.
As a sophomore at Crystal Lake Central High School, Maddie Naughton has always hit the ground running. Her organizational skills caught the eye of teachers that channeled her energy into clubs and organizations that utilized her strengths. Since she hopes to pursue a medical career, it is not surprising that she zeroed in on the clinic to share her talents. “Maddie jumps into whatever is happening when she arrives to volunteer. She brings her enthusiasm, laughter, and her friends!” Kathy Rauch, Volunteer Director states. “She was my only volunteer from CLC a year and a half ago. Now there are five.” Maddie helps to organize the Care4 Breast Cancer Race and recruits students to help in her role as Chief of Gym. She has sold raffle tickets for the Gala Auction and stepped up to organize volunteer projects with the other high school students during Christmas break. When asked what she would tell others about her clinic experience, Maddie stated, “I would never have understood what it takes to run a business, like the billing, mailings, how to use copiers, and seeing the results of charitable giving.” Way to go, Maddie!
Liam Ryan learned about the clinic as a member of the Crystal Lake Rowing Club. Their club met regularly in the clinic’s community room. This sparked his interest in volunteering to help others. Liam began volunteering when he was a sophomore at Prairie Ridge High School. Now, over two years later, Liam has logged over 100 hours of helping in our pharmacy and other areas. He hopes now to pursue a medical career. Liam brings his quiet strength to the clinic each week and an open mind to learning. We will certainly miss him when he is off to college next year!
Long before Colin Stoll set foot in the clinic, he was helping his mom organize awards at the Care4 Breast Cancer Race. His family has supported the clinic for many years. Though busy with sports and classes at Marian Central High School, he schedules time to volunteer at the clinic. He has helped file charts, purge files, recycle, mailings, restocking supplies, and many other tasks. Colin enjoys getting to know the clinic staff and volunteers from other schools, and he likes being in a challenging work environment. His willingness to drive from Woodstock speaks to his dedication. Colin puts his faith first, and volunteering at the clinic fulfills that desire. He also has a part time position at Health Bridge, and in his free time, Colin is happy to play the piano, and read magazines. We wish Colin much success as he awaits his college acceptance letters!