This month’s Volunteer of the Month comes to us from our partner agency, Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy. Ozanam is a non-profit organization that serves the needs of the community through prescription assistance. The pharmacy fills prescription medications at no cost to the patients. They use volunteers daily and were anxious to submit a nominee for Volunteer of the Month. We are delighted to honor Rose Marie Davis as our May Volunteer of the Month!
Clarissa Phalo with Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy described Rose Marie as the ultimate volunteer:
“Rose Marie Davis has volunteered with Ozanam for 18 years. In 2014, alone she helped dispense over 1.5 million dollars’ worth of medication. These patients are individuals who are under/un-insured. Therefore some of our patients would have to decide between food, paying a bill, and/or purchasing life sustaining medication. Because of Rose Marie’s dependability and dedication, our patients can receive their medication at no cost. She is truly the ultimate volunteer. She brings a level of professionalism with a smile to our organization. Our patients are greeted with a persona of this being a Hand up and not a hand out! Rose Marie wears the sun in her smile and leaves a chuckle in your heart. “
We caught up with Rose Marie to ask her a little bit about herself and why she enjoys volunteering.
UWSWA: Tell us a little but about yourself.
Rose Marie: I was born and raised in Mobile. I Graduated from the Convent of Mercy, attended Auburn University and graduated from Springhill College. I worked as a medical technologist for 46 years. I was married and had a son and a daughter. I have 2 granddaughters, 5 grandsons and 2 great-grandchildren.
Rose Marie: My daughter encouraged me to sign up with RSVP, which led me to Ozanam Pharmacy. I liked it and have been here since 1998.
UWSWA: What types of work have you been doing?
Rose Marie: Pharmacy tech duties including counting medication and filling and labeling vials. I also maintain and use statistical data for the pharmacy.
UWSWA: What do you enjoy about volunteering?
Rose Marie: Helping our patients. I also enjoy the wonderful staff and other volunteers.
UWSWA: Is there a moment that stands out in your mind about your volunteer experience, as interesting or noteworthy?
Rose Marie: The fundraisers give me a thrill in knowing that we are able to continue Ozanam’s mission. An upcoming event will be when the pharmacy moves to a new location.
UWSWA: Why would you recommend volunteering to others?
Rose Marie: It’s rewarding. Nothing else can give you the feeling of helping others.
Thank you Rose Marie for your service to Ozanam Pharmacy and our entire community! Your outstanding service does not go unnoticed.
If you know someone who should be nominated for Volunteer of the Month, or if you would like to volunteer, contact us.
Kristin Woods I Volunteer Coordinator I 251.433.3624 I firstname.lastname@example.org