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Advocating and educating

Ms. Reynolds has been an AHH client for more than four years, and she’s also one of our strongest community advocates. Ms. R gets weekly assistance from one our interns every semester, which gets her out of the house for doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping at Aldi, and ice cream at Maple View Farms. She calls the office regularly to chat and keeps us up to date on the latest gossip. Ms. R loves getting to know the young people she meets through A Helping Hand, and often stays in touch with her interns long after they complete their semester working with her.

Ms. R also spends time advocating for A Helping Hand. In the past month, she has attended two events at UNC with us. At these job and volunteer fairs, Ms. R talked up AHH and used her charm to get students to sign up to volunteer or apply for jobs with us. Her engaging personality drew people to our table, and she had a carefully honed pitch to describe what AHH does and how important our work is to her.

Last Friday, the fall interns had their first team meeting. Ms. R generously offered to host the meeting in her home. She had been a surgical nurse and shared insights and countless stories from the medical field with our pre-health interns.

The interns gathered on the couch in Ms. R’s sunroom, with Ms. R at the head of the circle in her office chair. She regaled them with stories of nursing in Hawaii, and gave tips on how to choose a specialty in a medical career. She also shared her own medical history, which includes a miraculous recovery from a broken leg and seven weeks in a coma. Her experiences both as a nurse and a patient gave the interns a better picture of the field that they’re aiming to start their careers in.

Thank you, Ms. Reynolds, for your work to shape the careers of future medical professionals, and your advocacy for A Helping Hand!

In the run up to Giving Tuesday on November 28, we’ll be featuring AHH clients and companions who give back. Stay tuned for more details about their stories and how you can donate.

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