Employee Spotlight: Melanie Miller

Melanie Miller (right) working with Volunteer Dottie 
Wait 
at the Light Up a Life Gala.
Name, title: Melanie Miller, Volunteer Liaison/Development Clerk

How long have you worked here?
Seven years.

What made you decide to work here?
I was at home, and my mom had just died, I had had my daughter, and I decided that I wanted to go back to school and get my four-year degree. So I went to Madonna University and started the hospice and palliative studies program. I took my first hospice class and I really liked it so I thought if I’m going to be in a hospice environment then I need to probably volunteer at a hospice.

I came over here and I started volunteering. I went to school for many years and I finally got my four-year degree. Then after I finished school there was a job opening so I applied for it and I got the job.

How had you heard of Angela Hospice?
I live in Livonia so I drive by here all the time.

What’s a typical day like for you?
A typical day for me…it just depends. I help a lot with the events, with the volunteers, process donations, help with the receptionists, fill in at the phones, and I assist Helen  [the events coordinator]…I don’t have a typical day.

Melanie with volunteer Geri Orlowski at the "Rock
Your Red" Laughter Lifts You Up women's event.
What is your favorite part about working at Angela Hospice?
Working with the volunteers. We have such a great group of people. I work with volunteers for the phones, during events, and in our office.

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at Angela Hospice?
Some of my favorite memories here are just getting to know all the volunteers and getting to work with them. I have the pleasure of working with them. Those are my good memories.

My favorite memory when I was a student at Angela Hospice was when I was able to work with grieving children during a 7-week children’s grief workshop. I feel I was able to make a difference and help children during such a difficult time.

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