Jim and Joan Carrick of Brooklyn HeightsVolunteer work...


February 20, 1994

Jim and Joan Carrick of Brooklyn Heights

Volunteer work: Mr. and Mrs. Carrick are volunteers at Harbor Hospital Center. Mrs. Carrick performs clerical work in the home health-care department and her husband works in the transportation department, helping to transfer patients throughout the hospital.

The Carricks decided to join the volunteer corps at the hospital last September, shortly after Mrs. Carrick retired.

Volunteer's comments: "In home health care I don't see the patients, but I see what all the nurses do for people once out of the hospital," Mrs. Carrick says.

"I do typing, filing, coordinating, mailing, running errands. My clerical background helps a lot. Jim helps patients get out of bed and takes them to and from the different departments."

"We love what we do," says Mr. Carrick. "We volunteer for almost anything if help is needed."

About the volunteers: The Carricks are no strangers to service to their community. Both belonged to the Brooklyn Park Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years until it changed to an all-professional station.

Mrs. Carrick volunteered at North Arundel Hospital for two years, but prefers Harbor Hospital because it is closer to their home. They have sponsored Naval Academy midshipmen since 1982. Mr. Carrick is an active member of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon, a Masonic organization, and helps members of the former Unstoppable Handicapp Club.

The Carricks live in Brooklyn Heights and have one daughter, Karen Starke, who is a staff sergeant in the Air Force.

Mrs. Carrick worked for Anne Arundel County for 28 years. Mr. Carrick is a retired Western Electric tool and die maker.

Organization's comments: Ann Heil, the volunteer coordinator for Harbor Hospital, says the Carricks are "gems, very devoted to each other. Doing this together was a natural."

About the program: For more information on the volunteer opportunities at Harbor Hospital, contact 347-3478.

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

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