Of GambrillsVolunteer work: Mr. Hinckley...

CLAIRE HINCKLEY

January 23, 1994|By Kevin Harrison

CLAIRE HINCKLEY of Gambrills

Volunteer work: Mr. Hinckley is going into his fourth year as a volunteer with the Maryland State Police at the Annapolis Barracks and his second year as a volunteer at Harbor Hospital in the intensive care/critical care department.

Mr. Hinckley has done volunteer work for Pets on Wheels, the media center at Crofton Elementary School and the Auxiliary at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Volunteer's comments: "I've tried a number of things. I've found for volunteers, you have to be comfortable with what you're doing. You have to seek things out if you want to stay busy. I don't want to go and sit anywhere, I can do that at home.

"My work for the state police is really interesting. I do fingerprinting, processing reports and tickets, a variety of things. My youngest son is a state trooper, out of the Waldorf Barracks. My work [for the police] has made it easier for me to communicate with him.

"At the hospital, I help out in any way I can: make the beds, transport patients, make sure patients are comfortable. The thing I like, I'm very busy. They realize I come there to work.

"It's a neighborhood type of hospital. It's never, 'Do this'; it's, 'Can you do this?' Not a day goes by when they don't say thank you.

"If you want to be successful as a volunteer, you have to be willing to give of yourself, you have to reach out."

About the volunteer: Mr. Hinckley, a retired advertising salesman, has lived in Gambrills for seven years and is on the board of directors of the University of Maryland Terrapin Club.

Organization's comments: Ann Heil, the volunteer coordinator at Harbor Hospital, says, "He's an absolute gem. He puts in a very active and full day here each week."

About the programs: For information on the Maryland State Police Volunteer program, VIPS (Volunteers In Police Support), call the Pikesville Barracks at 653-4278 or the county's Retired Senior Volunteer Office at 222-6825.

For information on the volunteer opportunities at Harbor Hospital, call Anne Heil at 347-3478.

"Volunteer Spotlight" is compiled by Kevin Harrison. Trecommend someone, call the Anne Arundel Bureau, 315-8911, any time or fax information to 315-8916 or mail it to: The Sun for Anne Arundel, 8131 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena 21122.

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