Linda McNutt moved to the Lompoc Valley earlier this year and was looking for something to do with her spare time.
She’d already been an active volunteer at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura County, so she was familiar with the medical atmosphere. At CMH, she’d worked in the gift shop and also worked as a “rocker,” rocking premature babies in the hospital’s NeoNatal unit. Though she’d had an RN license in her youth, she was an office manager for an embroidery business prior to her retirement.
“I want to give back to the community,” she said of her decision to volunteer at LVMC. “I feel blessed that I’m able to do what I’m able to do.”
Linda not only volunteers in the Lompoc Valley Medical Center (LVMC)’s medical-surgical waiting room but now she’s helping out at the hospital gift shop, run by the Lompoc Hospital Women’s Auxiliary.
“It gives me a chance to give back to the community,” she says. “Plus, I meet a lot of nice people.”
She said her mother always taught her to be kind to people and help people if they need help.
“I enjoy being of service. That’s how I was raised.”
Being a volunteer, “gives me a purpose,” adds Linda, who has three sons, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
“I just want to be able to help somebody.”