I have learned so much as I have sought to teach at LeMoyne, especially as we explore together elements of Black History. I have had the joy of learning about the written and oral traditions that have made up the fabric of the African American experience in our culture.
What would make a healthy 47-year-old woman give up a successful career as the head of digital ops for a digital marketing company? For Melanie Kinney, the decision to move to Memphis to spend time caring for her aging father was an easy one. That precious time was a turning point for Melanie, and she determined that she would begin a new chapter of life as a volunteer who improves the lives of others.
In 2007, when I signed on to become an Auxiliary Volunteer with Monongahela Valley Hospital, I never imagined where my journey would take me or, how I might touch peoples’ lives.
From sharing the grief and pain of a mother who had lost her son, to having a Grandmother, who is raising her grandchildren, cry and hug me after comforting her, my volunteer work is more rewarding than words can describe.