The Newsletter for SUNY Downstate
University Hospital of Brooklyn
Honoring a Special Volunteer
Each year, the United Hospital Fund (UHF) recognizes exceptional New Yorkers who give selflessly of their time to serve as hospital volunteers. This year, UHF recognized Rosella (Rose) Carter, who has volunteered at SUNY Downstate for the past 10 years. Unfortunately, Ms. Carter was unable to attend the UHF's special award ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria because her grandson was getting married that day. Given the choice between celebrating her own achievement and her grandson's special day, Rose never thought twice.
Rose began her volunteer work at Downstate in 2001. For 20 years, she had been the sole caregiver of a granddaughter who was severely handicapped. "When she died, I felt the need to help others," Rose recalls. "I wanted to be part of a place where people care about other people and to make a difference in their lives. I found what I was looking for at Downstate."
Beginning as a volunteer in the physical therapy department, she later joined the Volunteer Office, helping to register others like herself under the guidance of Chandra Brownley, volunteer coordinator, and Daniel Graves, director of admitting and of volunteer services. Rose believes they both deserve praise for providing a meaningful way for young people and seniors to contribute by doing volunteer work.
"I am always greeted with a smile and a hello," she says. "I hear 'thank you' after each task. But at the end of the day, I say 'thank you' for allowing me to be part of a winning team. When will I stop volunteering? When the fat lady sings. Life is good, but giving back is even better."