Child Life Volunteer a True Mentor at the Medical Center

On Thursday, April 16 Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, in celebration of National Volunteer Week, will honor 385 volunteers with a special recognition reception in the One World Café. Among those in attendance, will be one volunteer in particular, whose dedication and generosity has greatly impacted not only Connecticut Children’s but the entire Hartford community.

04-14-15-1Jill Adams has spent every other Thursday evening, for the past 9 years, visiting and engaging patients on the 8th floor. But this is not her only role at Connecticut Children’s. In addition to her time spent as a Child Life Volunteer, Jill supervises 30 volunteers from the Farmington Valley Transition Academy (FVTA), a secondary transition program for young adults with moderate disabilities.

As Employment Specialist for the Academy, Jill shadows each student throughout his or her scheduled shift at the Medical Center, supervising each task and offering her guidance and support. This academic year, her students will have contributed more than 25,000 volunteer hours to local organizations across the Hartford region, including Connecticut Children’s.

“Connecticut Children’s has benefited greatly from the assistance of Jill Adams and the students of FVTA, whose efforts have made numerous patient services, such as the food and entertainment carts, possible.” said Marisol Rodriguez-Colon, Volunteer Services Coordinator for the Medical Center. “Adams guidance of this program has presented endless opportunities for both Connecticut Children’s and the 30 young adults who continue to learn new skills each day as volunteers.”

Such commitment and compassion for both Connecticut Children’s and her students warrants recognition, but Jill Adams wants none of the credit. “I am just one of the many volunteers who loves Connecticut Children’s and knows it feels right to be helping in any way that I can! This is truly a team effort and I am so proud of both Connecticut Children’s and FVTA for embracing this opportunity.”

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