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Volunteer Profile: Rhonda Schaffer

Published November 2022 | In Fall 2022

Volunteerism doesn’t just mean supporting one organization directly. Sometimes it’s finding ways you can independently raise funds or awareness for many local charities.

Volunteer Profile: Rhonda Schaffer Media

What is your role at Monument Health?

I am a Certified Pharmacy Technician at Lead-Deadwood Hospital.

Who do you volunteer with, and why?

I help several local charities by organizing and running an annual community rummage sale. It started as a one-off event, but it was so successful we decided to keep running it every year. The proceeds from the rummage sale go to organizations in Lawrence County like City Clothing Center — also known as the “free store” —  Lord’s Cupboard and Boys & Girls Club of the Black Hills.

Why do you think it’s important to give back to the community?

Helping charities helps others. Our communities are our homes, and nonprofits are an important part of that. Even by helping in small ways, we can make a big difference in the lives of others. Helping local charitable organizations is paying it forward in our communities.

How do you think volunteering makes you a better caregiver?

Volunteering keeps me grounded and helps keep the compassion real. Sometimes it’s easy for me to get caught up in the stresses of everyday work and life, but then seeing a big smile on the face of someone I’ve helped — that’s what makes life real.