Five years ago, Dominick Garcia began volunteering at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Braselton as a high school teen volunteer. What started out as a simple way to make a positive impact at his local hospital, quickly turned into so much more. “It’s hard to find the words to really describe what it’s like to be a volunteer or to measure the true impact it has on you,” said Dominick.
“Knowing that you’re making someone’s day just a little bit better or easier is so rewarding – and it’s a feeling you can’t get anywhere else.”Dominick Garcia, NGHS volunteer
As a volunteer, Dominick has helped by offering refreshments to visitors in waiting areas, organizing and delivering COVID-19 supplies, serving as a screener at NGMC Braselton and much more. Because the experience was so impactful, Dominick remains active and has transitioned to a young adult volunteer.
“Especially now in this time of COVID-19, when healthcare workers are stretched so thin, it means a lot to come back to NGMC and offer my time and support,” said Dominick. “Being around the hard-working and dedicated employees of NGMC has truly opened my eyes to the compassionate side of healthcare – and I’m more motivated than ever to pursue my dream of working as a doctor.”
NGHS volunteer recruitment continues
NGHS continues to recruit volunteers under 65 with no underlying health conditions and is currently implementing the return of volunteers 65 years of age and older in phases, beginning with those who are vaccinated, to serve within specific service areas of the hospital campuses and with community vaccine clinics.