This month’s Volunteer of the Month is Susan Guzetta! Susan has been with us as a volunteer for about 2 years, and has assisted RMHC families and staff in various forms. From helping the marketing department gear up for a big fundraising event, to driving families back and forth from the hospital so they can spend quality time with their sick little ones, susan does it all. Thank you so much for all you do for our staff and families Susan, you are a tremendous help!
Get to know Susan a little more in depth below!
1. Your name and a little bit about yourself.
I’m Susan Guzzetta and I’ve been volunteering for the past two years. I’m married and have two grown sons, one is studying to be a medical scientist at the University of Chicago and the other is a college student majoring in English. I worked as an English language teacher, and spent several years living and working in North Africa and Europe. I spent the remainder of my career in Fresno as a resource teacher and citizenship grant manager at Fresno Adult School.
2. How did you start volunteering with our House?
My sons spent time at Valley Children’s when they were young, and I decided when I retired I wanted to give something back to the families of children who were ill.
3. What type of things have you done while volunteering?
I work at the front desk, shuttle people back and forth to the hospital in the golf cart and spend quite a bit of time addressing envelopes for fundraisers. I love helping family members and staff.
4. What is your favorite part of our House?
My favorite part of the house is the give-away table in the front hallway. I love watching the faces of children light up when they get to choose a toy or a book to keep for themselves.
5. What is your favorite thing about volunteering at the House?
I love being part of an organization that provides support for families who have children in the hospital. Providing a place to stay, food and comfort for family members is a wonderful service.
6. Tell us something fun about you that we don’t know. Hidden talent, funny story, favorite pastime, etc.
I speak French and Swedish, which doesn’t do me much good in California where Spanish would be a lot more useful! I am also an artist and have been painting on and off for most of my life.