There is a finite amount of money and people to address an infinite amount of service needs. Volunteers have to fill that void.
Dr. Randee Bloom knows a thing or two about volunteerism. In pursing her PhD, she focused her dissertation on the work of volunteers in the healthcare sector as a way to better support the human services organizations.
A native of Detroit, Michigan Randee found herself drawn to nursing early in her career. After working as a registered nurse, she saw a need in the healthcare system and decided to focus her career on helping hospitals run efficiently and do better by their patients. She went on to start her own consulting firm assisting hospitals with accreditation, compliance, service, recruitment, development, and marketing.
“As my career continued I developed the very strong belief that healthcare professionals are uniquely qualified to help others,” said Randee. “There is a finite amount of money and people, to address an infinite amount of service needs. Volunteers have to fill that void and in the process those volunteers are also improving their own quality of life.”
She put her belief to the test with her dissertation and found that volunteering does in fact benefit not only the system, but the quality of life of those volunteering as well. Upon retirement, Randee has continued her work in volunteerism and human services as well as joining the Executive Volunteer Council for AARP Michigan.
“I was attracted to AARP because of their strong mission for recognizing the vitality of people in final third of their life,” said Randee. “I found it so important that people realize the potential of that part of their life rather than focusing on the dark side of natural aging.”
She also supports AARP’s Create the Good as a valuable resource to connect volunteers to opportunities to help their local communities.
Randee continues to volunteer her time serving on multiple councils and boards of human services organizations in her home state of Michigan. She also just took on a new title, that of grandmother for the first time and loves staying active, reading, and traveling. Randee will be joined by her son Zack on the cruise.