Why I Volunteer


Larry Coach Gore Larry Coach Gore

Larry Gore - known as "coach" - is a busy guy. He talks sports and provides analysis of Opelika High School football games on a local radio station. After serving as coach for the OHS Bulldogs from 1969-78, he continued his career with the Opelika City Schools as assistant principal at Opelika Middle School and later at Opelika High School. And, for the past 13 years, he has served as an EAMC Auxiliary member, escorting patients to points throughout the hospital.

"When I retired, I knew I wanted to stay active. One day I was in the grocery store, and a friend of mine who is a member of the Auxiliary asked me, 'What have you been doing since you retired?' When I said I was looking for something to do, she said I should try volunteering, that I would like it. So, I gave it a try, and I have enjoyed being a member of the EAMC Auxiliary ever since," Larry says.

"I knew I didn't want to sit behind a desk, so Admissions Escort is perfect for me. I get to take patients wherever they need to go when they come to the hospital. Meeting new people, helping people, and making friends are part of why I have enjoyed it so much. And the way I look at it, the hospital's been good to my family and me, and this is my way of giving a little something back," adds Larry.

So if you'd like to do something to make a difference, follow Larry's advice and give it a try. "See what we have to offer," he says. "There is a job for you here, and the hours are flexible."

Erin Colquitt Erin Colquitt

Erin Colquitt is a wife to Lee, a mom to Chloe, Molly, and Jillian, and a volunteer to EAMC. She grew up in Birmingham and has lived in Auburn for 19 years. She was a school teacher before becoming a “domestic engineer.” The loves of her life include faith, family, and home, all of which have shaped her life. Here are a few thoughts from Erin about volunteering:

“I am thankful for the opportunity to volunteer at EAMC. The ladies who have helped me learn the job of volunteering in the 2nd Floor Surgical Waiting Room are generous because I lack natural gifts of organization. Charlotte, Faye, and Linda are my heroes of managing organizational tasks! I am amazed by the pace at which people, doctors, and phone calls come in and go out from one waiting room. EAMC serves many people well on a daily basis, and I genuinely enjoy greeting and talking with these families. Showing concern for those in the waiting room is my favorite aspect of volunteering.”

“My awareness of the Auxiliary came through my neighbor, Louise. In a brief chat Louise mentioned to me that she volunteered. When I shared with her that volunteerism had been on my mind she enthusiastically encouraged me to call the Auxiliary’s contact person. Louise gave me the phone number, and I called. I was soon ready to begin volunteering. One of the wonderful ladies who trained me was Gigi Blalock. It was great seeing Gigi because I had taken tap dancing lessons from her in the past and had not seen her in a long time. Gigi is a vibrant, fun, smart, and organized lady! She trained me with experience from many years volunteering in the 2nd Floor Surgical Waiting Room. Upon retirement she handed down one of her pinafore uniforms. I wear it in honor of Gigi, and I am humbled by her excellence! If you know Gigi then you know she is multi-talented. Because of her, I have the world’s best pound cake recipe!”

“As a mom of three daughters (ages 20, 17, and 15) my daily life revolves around high school soccer, cooking, and facilitating their lives! I am glad that my two oldest daughters have participated in the TAV volunteer program for high schoolers at EAMC. Both of them desire to pursue careers in the medical field, and the TAV experience was a positive step in that direction. My oldest daughter, Chloe, has recently been accepted into Auburn University’s School of Nursing, and my high school-aged daughter, Molly, has aspirations of becoming a pharmacist. I am happily reminded of the TAV program when I stop by the Auxiliary room at the end of my shift. Often times I see high school volunteers in their TAV uniforms and their supervisors, Colleen and Mary Ellen. Thanks to all of you who make the TAV program possible. It is a very good thing for teens. The EAMC Auxiliary serves the community every day, and I am thankful to play a small part on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. Come by and see me!”

Jeremy Pyles Jeremy Pyles

“My EAMC Auxiliary story is two-fold. I began my time here in 2004 as a Teenage Volunteer. The duties of the TAVs pertain to meeting the basic needs of patients through filling water pitchers, etc. Four years later I graduated high school, but I ignored the part about "leaving the program after high school.” I loved the Teenage Volunteer program so much that after graduation, I quickly signed up to become a TAV Leader. As a TAV Leader, it is my duty to oversee the duties of the teenagers.”

“It is my belief that our program's main goal is to instill good ideals, morals, and ethics in the students who volunteer. My favorite ideal, which was impressed on me over 10 years ago, is to always keep a "volunteer spirit" about oneself. Meaning that we should always be willing to jump at the opportunity to serve others at EAMC, school, work, or wherever.”

“It is my prayer that each time I am with my Tuesday TAVs, that I am instilling this spirit and as many other good ideals that I can. So, why do I volunteer?...To make an impact (The cookies aren't bad either!).”

Billie Hubbard Billie Hubbard

“It’s so fulfilling when I render service; to share in making someone’s day happier. I count it as a blessing to be able to see a smile on someone’s face. It makes me smile too and it is well worth my day.”


Collins Stutts Collins Stutts

“My name is Collins Stutts; I am a senior at Auburn University majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with focus of Health Administration and Rural Sociology. During my first semester at Auburn, I began volunteering through Impact (the university volunteer program) by either stocking shelves at the food bank or by player bingo with the elderly at a local nursing home. I always enjoyed the feeling I had when I would leave these places because I felt I had made a difference I would not have made otherwise. My favorite part was always seeing the smile on someone’s face when they saw a volunteer walk through the door as it seemed to be something they were looking forward to the entire day.”

“I am planning to attend medical school therefore I needed to gain experience inside of a hospital. I was selected this past January to become a college volunteer at EAMC even though I was unsure if they would have a space for me to fill. EAMC not only had a spot for me in the emergency room but found other opportunities to gain more experience through volunteering.”

“A volunteer is defined as a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task. In my short time at EAMC, I have had a hard time considering myself as a volunteer because of all that I have learned and the experiences I have gained. I have never felt more accepted and part of a team than I have at EAMC. I found everyone I have come in contact with to be friendly and willing to assist me in any manner they could. My tasks as a volunteer may seem unimportant to me at times but the staff has never expressed those feelings to me as they would thank me and tell me I was doing a good job.”

“EAMC is a wonderful venue to give back to the community that I will forever be indebted to from my time as a student. Every member of the staff I come into contact with has made me feel at home and given me encouragement to the job I am doing. I am very fortunate to have this experience and owe every member of the team a thank you for teaching, guiding, and inspiring me to work hard in my time as a volunteer. EAMC has many opportunities in several capacities where someone is able to volunteer. I encourage anyone who has any time to give EAMC a chance as the people you come in contact will have a greater impact on your life than you can find anywhere else.”


Mona Robbins Mona Robbins

“I originally became a Teenage Volunteer because I wanted to study medicine in college, and I thought it would be a great opportunity to learn about the hospital environment. Although my future career goals are changing, I continue to volunteer at EAMC because I love the people. I have had the pleasure to work with some of the nicest, most charismatic volunteers ever. Each Monday I volunteer I never fail to learn something from another volunteer, and I am often inspired by the dedication and anecdotes of our leaders. I love being a TAV because I always get to meet new people, and I have the opportunity to make a positive impact on their lives. Most importantly, I love being a TAV because I feel like we have formed a family, a family composed of caring, altruistic individuals.”

William McKee William McKee

"From the moment I joined Key Club during my freshmen year of high school, volunteering became a very important part of my life. Community service opportunities had become something I looked forward to and something that excited me. Of my many service projects, being an EAMC TAV is, without a doubt, my favorite-to-date. I have discovered through being a TAV that I have a servant’s heart, and that I get a satisfaction from helping others that is otherwise impossible to find. The most rewarding part of my TAV experience is helping elderly patients. Whether it involves filling their water pitchers, or just checking in on them, when they give me that sweet smile, it just makes my day! Having quite a few volunteer experiences under my belt these past three years, I found that I have broadened my sense of self. My Monday afternoons at EAMC has truly been a highlight in my week, and a defining part of my life.”