Volunteering at Bronson is a very easy thing to do, and it’s something anybody can do

Doris Marshall, Volunteer

I started volunteering at Bronson Battle Creek a year before my husband died. It was an opportunity to get out of the house, to interact with others and to give back to the community. I chose to volunteer at Bronson because I worked at Bronson Battle Creek as a nurse for 33 years. When I was a nurse, I worked in a variety of fields including the emergency department (ED), critical care, pediatrics and the psychiatric unit.

I chose to volunteer in the ED because I was asked to do it, but also because I thought that it would be really great because I knew I would get to work with patients. Also, my husband, before he passed, was ill for three decades and we spent a lot of time in the ED. Knowing how patients act and feel, I thought I could make a difference.

My experience as a volunteer has been excellent. I would encourage people to volunteer because not only are they giving back to the community, but most of all, they’re giving to themselves. I’ve learned a lot by helping others and developed friendships, not only with fellow volunteers, but with Bronson staff too. I find volunteering at Bronson is a very easy thing to do, and it’s something anybody can do.

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