Stickers, tiaras and capes translate to smiles

Smiles with Style, a non-profit makeover organization, began at Akron Children’s Hospital with a little luck and a whole lot of good timing.
Jen Koch, executive director and creator of Smiles with Style, began volunteering at Akron Children’s more than two years ago and turned something as simple as braiding patients’ hair into a full-scale non-profit organization.

Bring the beauty of the Holiday Tree Festival to your home Decorate your Christmas tree using these simple design tips from the festival’s decorators

After hours of pacing through the lot in the cold snow, you’ve found it – the perfect Christmas tree. Once you’ve brought it home, the question is, how should you decorate it? Don’t worry. The experienced decorators at Akron Children’s Holiday Tree Festival are here to help. Lori Reilly, a professional florist and a decorator […]

Sharing a few golden moments as Doggie Brigade volunteer

My husband, Don, and I have been a member of Akron Children’s Doggie Brigade since 2006 and have been visiting with our Golden Retriever Logan. He is a very special guy, and a very special golden.

Volunteering is rewarding for mother of five

Polly Sheban was looking “to fill that little gap” she experienced after retiring from a local doctor’s office the previous year. She read about volunteer opportunities at Akron Children’s Beeghly campus in her local newspaper and thought she’d sign up for an interview. She was looking for volunteer work that “was both exciting and gratifying.” […]

Volunteer uses personal experience to help patients at Beeghly campus

You might see Amanda Crago volunteering in the outpatient lab or radiology department. Or you might find her using her bachelor’s degree in Spanish to translate vital information to Spanish speaking families. “Basically, I do all the little things that everyone might not have time to do in between patients,” Amanda said. Amanda has been […]

Celebrating the many talents of volunteers

Volunteers are to Akron Children’s what violinists are to an orchestra. We couldn’t perform without them. And I couldn’t let National Volunteer Week pass without writing about the dedicated corps of individuals who tirelessly give their time to our institution and patients. More than 1,500 strong, our volunteers donated more than 112,000 hours of service last […]