When Denise Myers decided she wanted to do some volunteer work, she rather naturally thought of her community hospital.
“I like the atmosphere of a hospital,” she says. “I knew a couple of people who worked there, and I knew it was a good group of people to work with, to associate with.”
Myers has worked at the front desk at Richmond Memorial Hospital since August 2011 and is known, according to Volunteer Services Manager Mandy Phifer, as a happy person whose good nature shows in her volunteer work.
“You can always count on a huge smile when you walk in the main entrance on Tuesday afternoon,” Phifer says.
At the front desk, Myers answers phones, greets people and directs visitors to different areas throughout the hospital. She also performs “odd jobs” for other departments needing extra help. That may mean wrapping presents at Christmas or preparing information packets at any time of the year. Myers doesn’t mind as long as she can stay busy and in the company of other people.
“I’m used to being with the public,” she says. “I like being around the public.”
Working with the public has long been a way of life for Myers. A Richmond County native, she spent her professional career as an income maintenance case worker – first working with food stamps in the Richmond County Department of Social Services office and later with family and children’s Medicaid in Moore County.
The work put her in constant contact with other people, so she was eager for volunteer work that would also give her that kind of exposure. In addition to the weekly afternoons she spends at Richmond Memorial, she also volunteers on Fridays at Richmond County Hospice.
When not volunteering, Myers enjoys working in her yard, cooking and – she says with a laugh – eating. She’s pleased that her three married children and six grandchildren all live within easy visiting distance in Richmond County.
At Richmond Memorial, Myers is a dedicated worker who “rarely misses a shift,” Phifer points out. That’s because she takes her non-paying volunteer work just as seriously as she would a paying job.
“You should do it the way you would do a regular job,” Myers says. “I try to be dependable.”