Jaime Lear is a second-year chemistry major with a sign language minor. Currently, Jaime volunteers through Madison House as a patient ambassador at the hospital where she fulfills deliveries and special requests from patients by visiting the different floors with a cart of entertaining things to offer, such as magazines or crossword puzzles. Jaime also volunteers with the Blue Ridge Mountain Rescue Group (BRMRG), which is a state-certified team on call 24/7 to search for missing people in the state of Virginia.
HOW DID YOU FIRST GET INVOLVED?
I was very involved with community service in high school and have always loved the feeling of knowing I’m making a difference in someone’s life, no matter how small. I want to go into the medical field, which is why I was interested in volunteering at the hospital. I heard about BRMRG through my twin sister, who forced me to come to their first training with her. After that, I was hooked!
WHAT IS YOUR #COMMUNITYCOMMITMENT THIS YEAR?
In the future, I hope to continue to serve my community by being an EMT, for which I got my certification last summer. I also plan on pursuing a career as a doctor and would love to work with Doctors Without Borders to further my outreach to our global community.
HOW WOULD YOU ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO GET INVOLVED?
Go to the activities fair and talk to your friends about the clubs they are in! The activity fair is a great way to discover opportunities for getting involved and hearing about the clubs other people are in lets you hear about opportunities you may have missed.