When The Discovery Center decided to provide emergency childcare services to essential workers, including hospital employees, we knew how challenging it would be to keep everyone – all the children in our care and all of our staff – safe.
In order for the program to move forward safely, we needed a crew of volunteers to take temperatures and stand at the frontlines of this pandemic, ensuring that if there was a COVID exposure, it could be stopped at the front door.
As we started reaching out around the community, it wasn’t the easiest volunteer need to fill. But there were a crew of nursing students from Binghamton University and a few others from the community who stepped up to lend a helping hand.
“They were rock stars,” said Natalie Shoemaker, who coordinated the nursing volunteers. “They were responsive, professional, asking for more shifts when they found they had free time open up. They were amazing.”
“I decided to volunteer at The Discovery Center because I have a passion to help people in need,” said Alena Becker, “and I wanted to help out the community in any way that I could!”
While The Discovery Center has stopped offering emergency childcare services, these wonderful volunteers are continuing in their support of the community, going where they’re needed and standing at the frontlines of organizations that need their help.
Thank you, volunteers: