February 19, 2016
Jennifer Thomas volunteers to help with issues from car accidents to the stomach flu at her local ER.
Like many doTERRA Wellness Advocates, Colorado resident Jennifer Thomas has a busy schedule and daily responsibilities that take up her time. However, Jennifer still makes time to help her local community by volunteering at the Delta Memorial Hospital and the Hope West Hospice Care Center. Both of these institutions serve people who struggle with life-limiting illnesses and common sicknesses that require the help of doctors, nurses, and caring volunteers.
At the Delta Memorial Hospital, Jennifer volunteers in the Emergency Room Department. She provides support to doctors and nurses by changing bedding, delivering blood work to labs, and helping with X-ray follow ups. During her volunteer work in the emergency room, Jennifer assists with patients who are suffering from a wide variety of injuries and sicknesses—from car accident injuries to the stomach flu. The most common reasons for emergency room visits in the United States include chest pain, abdominal pain, broken bones, infections like the common cold or flu, head trauma, back pain, skin infections, and more.1
Jennifer sees a variety of people in the emergency room, but appreciates the chance she has to meet people from all walks of life and assist them when they are in pain or discomfort. She says, "Volunteers are very important at the hospital—we do the things that doctors or nurses don’t have time to. We can offer a smile or reassuring touch when these people feel like everything is coming down around them."
Aside from volunteering at the Delta County Memorial Hospital, Jennifer also donates her time to help at the Hope West Hospice in her area. The hospice center offers many services that aim to help those with limiting illnesses like cancer, and other ailments that can inhibit the ability to care for oneself. They also offer support to families as they go through the stressful experience of caring for a loved one with a serious illness. At the hospice, Jennifer helps with events and fundraisers that help benefit the organization. She coordinates with other volunteers and office personnel, trying to help in any way that she can.
Jennifer’s volunteer work in her community provides inspiration to other doTERRA Wellness Advocates with busy schedules and a desire to give back. Whether she is helping doctors attend to a child with the stomach flu, or coordinating fundraising efforts for the hospice, her acts of kindness truly benefit community members during a time of need.