Name: Bryana Bayly
Position: Mott Family Center
Length of volunteer service at UMHS: Almost 2 years
How much time do you normally spend volunteering?: 4 hours per week
What exactly do you do during your shift when you are volunteering at UMHS?
Currently during my session, my supervisor Ann Hendrick and I do a "cupcake therapy" session from 2:00-3:30. We brainstorm a new cupcake idea for every week, and we create different frosting patterns and offer different types of decorations for the patients and families. We have about 70-80 people come down during the hour and a half, and it has been very popular! We often try to tie in the themes of the cupcakes to something related to the University or community going on at that time (e.g. during March Madness we did Maize and Blue Cupcakes, for the first day of spring we did flowers, etc.) When we are not doing cupcake therapy I help offer respite care to families in the Family Center, and provide information and activities for them.
Why do you volunteer?
I love Mott! I believe this is the best hospital you can choose, and I dream of being a pediatrician and would love to end up working back at Mott. Volunteering is such a humbling experience and I think you meet some of the most amazing people at the hospital. I have learned so many valuable lessons from being a volunteer, and I truly believe everyone should have the experience of volunteering at a hospital at one point or another in their lives.
What has been your most rewarding experience while volunteering at UMHS?
I think just all of the incredible people I have been able to meet! I am lucky because I work in an area where we interact with patients, families, ambassadors, doctors, nurses, social workers, child life specialists, etc. Mott really does function like a "Team" and I love feeling (and knowing!) that I am part of something that is so important. I remember when I first interviewed I was told the hospital probably couldn’t function nearly as effectively without it's volunteers, and after meeting so many amazing volunteers at UMHS, I completely see what they mean!