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Putting Community First

November 14, 2012

Linda Orrill moved to Montana with plans to make a difference. Her efforts earned her a KBZK/First Security Bank “Our Community First” Award for volunteering at Bozeman Deaconess Health Services.
“It’s just a privilege to volunteer here,” Orrill said. “I know I have something to give here, but I’m embarrassed (by the award) because all the volunteers give so much.”

After ending her career as a paralegal in the Midwest (she doesn’t use the word ‘retired’), Orrill started at Bozeman Deaconess in July 2010 as a patient escort. She became so effective at it that she now trains new escorts.

In mid-2011, Orrill learned the Emergency Department needed more volunteers, and knew she wanted to volunteer there as well. “It’s a place where I can be sensitive to patients and families,” she said. “I do not feel panic or sorry for the patients, I feel compassion. I can tell if they want to talk or be left alone. I start with bringing them a warm blanket, because it’s important to make them comfortable.”

Volunteer Coordinator Monica Fella nominated Orrill for the award, for Orrill’s enthusiasm, willingness to volunteer as many as 20 hours a week (more than 700 hours so far) and staying with patients when they are alone and scared.

“This award is a way for the bank and the station to recognize volunteers who put our community first,” said Jaki Welch, account executive at KBZK, of the monthly award. “This is our way to thank the people who make this a better place to live.”

Orrill, who plans to volunteer until she draws her last breath, said, “We’re just here working side by side, trying to be the best we can. That’s what I see in the hospital, it’s a community. I see nothing but hope, courage and inspiration.”
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