For many, retirement is a respite from many years of hard work. But, for two former nurses from the Saint Agnes Medical Center, Suzanne Chen and Pam Thayer-Comegys, it was an opportunity to give back.
“I went the first day, and I was just blown away by the setup,” Suzanne recalls of her first time volunteering at a Tzu Chi Medical event in Fresno, CA; “every chair was occupied, and everyone was busy, and I thought—wow—I was so impressed.” Deciding to volunteer more often with the team, she invited a friend and former nurse herself, Pam, to join her.
“The people were so kind and so well organized, and I really felt that it was something that I wanted to get involved in,” Pam shares. “I feel it’s my opportunity to give back,” she explains, “[even in retirement] I can still use my education, I can use my training.” It’s a sentiment Suzanne shares.
Helping community members get vaccinated against COVID-19, she believes, “makes me feel better that I’m doing something to fight this pandemic…We’re contributing in our own way.”
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