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Medical center volunteers important for visitors

For some walking into a hospital can be very intimidating, but that is what makes Carol Poppe and Roberta Craven important volunteers.

"I assist people that need direction to various departments, the doctors offices, medical records, anything they may need help with," said Poppe.

"I help people when they come in and look lost and need some direction and I will take them up to a room if they need that or an office or payroll or whatever they need," said Craven.

Poppe and Craven make a great team when it comes to helping people at the information desk at Covenant Medical Center. Both make people feel at ease when they walk in and even put smiles on the patients faces.

Poppe and Craven have both retired from their jobs. They say volunteering was just the next step in their lives.

"I love volunteering here because it gives me a purpose to get up and get moving in the morning. I love people and I have always worked with people and now that I'm retired I guess it's that social part of it," Poppe.

"I like to be busy and I like to help others and I like to be active and this is an active job where I get to walk around the whole hospital and get my exercise for the day,"

Here are some volunteer opportunities from the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley:

• The VA Voluntary Service needs van drivers to provide transportation to and from the Iowa City VA. Volunteers age 21 and over are needed once per week or as available from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• If you are 55 or older, the Waterloo Schools is seeking Prime Time Volunteers to volunteer 1-2 hours a week as a Reading Buddy to children in 1st grade who are participating in the Reading Recovery program. Volunteers will be matched one to one with students, assisting them with their reading assignments and providing support and encouragement to succeed in the program. All activities will take place during the school day. Schools participating in the program include: Highland, Cunningham, Edison, Lowell, Poyner, Irving and Lincoln.

• The Waterloo Convention and Visitor's Bureau is seeking volunteers to greet incoming and outbound passengers by providing visitor information, maps, and assistance with in-city travel. Various shifts are available 7 days a week based on arriving and departing airline schedule. Orientation & training provided onsite. Volunteers age 18 and over are welcome.

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