Julie Millikan’s daughter, Natalie, was the motivation for getting her out of the house and volunteering at Lompoc Valley Medical Center.
Natalie, now a nursing student at Cal State Channel Islands, was a Blue Coat volunteer working in the Health Information Management department. Natalie was validating older charts, and thought her mother could do the same.
“I didn’t feel like doing anything,” Julie admitted. “Natalie kept saying, ‘Mom, you’ve got to get out and do something.’” At first, Julie started volunteering with Meals on Wheels and met some “wonderful people,” she said. But a foot injury ended that effort. Natalie proposed that Julie come take over her volunteer work, as she was leaving for nursing school.
“I didn’t know it existed,” Julie said of the work. “Most of the volunteers are out with the public in the waiting room.” Julie felt she would be more comfortable working with data entry tasks. “It’s kind of quiet,” she said. “I love the women in the office.”
She’s now helping several hours each month.
“I like the data entry,” Julie says. “It’s something different to get me out of the house.”
She says her daughter was a tough trainer at first, wanting to make sure her mother got everything correct. “I want to be accurate and have quality,” Julie said. “And I’m meeting new people all the time.”
Now, she said, she’s even started volunteering with the literacy program at the Lompoc Library.