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Volunteer Profile: Mary Mickley

Published April 2021 | In Spring 2021

After a successful nursing career spanning more than 30 years, Mary Mickley stays connected to the medical community by volunteering at Monument Health Rapid City Hospital.

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Even though she no longer works as a nurse, health, wellness and community remain important to Mary. “I’ve always been community-minded, so if I identify a need in the community, I like to try to do something to alleviate that need.” That’s what led Mary to spearhead an effort that brought hundreds of home-cooked meals to caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why do you volunteer?

I like to keep in touch with the medical community. Since I’m no longer actively working, it helps keep me up-to-date with what’s going on. Second, I like to give back.

How did you decide to begin providing home cooked meals to caregivers?

I saw a nurse post that she was struggling on Facebook, so I decided I would take things one team at a time. It absolutely exploded with people that wanted to help with donations, so I took on the goal to feed each floor. It was a ton of work, but the community support and the team I enlisted was great.

Why do you think people should volunteer?

I think everyone needs a purpose. It’s important to have a reason to get out of bed in the morning. For me, I want my purpose to benefit others.

What advice would you give to new volunteers?

I would just say find something that you’re passionate about. If you don’t see something right for you, come up with your own ideas. I think if you’re innovative, you can always find a way to volunteer.

Monument Health’s mission is to make a difference. Every day. Our volunteers help us fulfill that promise for every patient.