Beverly Timmons

When her son graduated high school, Beverly Timmons realized she wouldn’t be volunteering for PTA, band boosters or Madrigals any longer. So she started to look around town to find another place to spend her free time. The former teacher found that place in early 2014 --- the Lompoc Valley Medical Center gift shop. The gift shop, inside the acute hospital between registration and the café, is staffed by volunteers from the Lompoc Hospital Women’s Auxiliary.

 Kara Pitou

Kara Pitou has stepped into a newly created volunteer role at LVMC – she’s working in the acute hospital’s Nutrition Services Department. Supervised by Director of Nutrition Services Julie Chudak, Kara is volunteering at LVMC to gain more experience in dietetics as she moves toward a career in that field. A native of Colorado, Kara earned her bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from the University of Northern Colorado in 2016.

Sandy Hopkins

Volunteering seems ingrained in Sandy Hopkins’ life. Though now a grandmother, she recalls being a volunteer before she had her own children. “I wasn’t working,” she recalled. “I felt like giving to somebody else, instead of sitting around the house watching soap operas.”

Bob Barboza

As a retired longtime Lompoc insurance agent, Bob Barboza is used to working with people. So coming to LVMC to volunteer as a “Blue Coat” helper when he retired seemed a perfect job.

Jackie Melone

A one-time Red Cross volunteer, Jackie Melone was eager to help at the new Lompoc hospital when it opened eight years ago. “I thought it was a wonderful thing to do,” she said. “I like to give back to the community. They needed volunteers. I’ve enjoyed it ever since.”

Yvonne Cooper

When the current Lompoc Valley Medical Center was opened, Yvonne Cooper was among those who answered the call for volunteers. She’s been a “Blue Coat” volunteer for about seven years, taking the Wednesday afternoon shift.

Art Baumach

Art Baumach had a very busy professional career, rising in the corporate ranks o the aerospace industry and traveling all over the world. When he retired, he suddenly had free time. “I didn’t want to sit around doing nothing when I retired,” he said. “I like to help people.”

Manuel Medina

Manuel Medina spent 10 years in the U.S. Army and 12 years in the military Reserves. Now, he spends at least once a week visiting military veterans who are residents of Lompoc Valley Medical Center: Comprehensive Care Center.