Volunteer Spotlight

Meet Rodney Hill

Wings: Tell us a little about yourself.

Rodney: I grew up on a farm Minnesota and have lived in the Allegan area for the last 21 years. Before that we lived in Grand Rapids, Flint, and Detroit. I have a BA degree in English Literature from Augsburg University, a MDiv in theology from Augustana Theological Seminary, and a DMin in Parish Ministry from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. I became a widower 2 years ago. We have two grown children, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. I retired in 2001 after 20 years of parish ministry and 20 years with Samaritas. My hobbies include, baseball, counted cross stitch art (some from my own photos), woodworking, reading, and world travel.

Wings: How long have you been volunteering with Wings?

Rodney: 15-20 years

Wings: How did you get started?

Rodney: When I retired, I contacted Wings of Hope. I had an appreciation of the hospice concept and experience with dying people in hospice care. I know not everyone can do this kind of work, and my work experience gives me an advantage. I grew up with parents who volunteered a lot, so volunteering has always been a part of my life. Locally I’ve also served with AARP doing tax preparation and on the board of the United Way.

Wings: What motivates you to serve with Wings?

Rodney: I enjoy working with the staff and like knowing that I’m freeing up the professionals to do their work. Delivering of meds or supplies, for example, frees workers to spend time with other patients. Volunteers can be supportive.

Wings: What’s your favorite things about volunteering?

Rodney: Being associated with an organization with a good reputation and being a part of an awesome team of professionals and volunteers. Being able to provide for people’s needs. Meeting new people.

Wings: What would you say to someone who’s thinking of volunteering?

Rodney: Do it! If you’re retiring, look around and see what you can do. It may not be Wings, but there is a place where you can be helpful.

Wings: What is a favorite Wings memory?

Rodney: I really like seeing the appreciation and thankfulness of the person I’m helping.

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