Why we do this: a Personal Story

Hello all MAPS volunteers, potential volunteers, and friends! My name is Jess and I am one of the new MAPS Intern Coordinators. I would like to take this opportunity to share a personal story with you that gives great meaning to what we do as part of the MAPS famiy. My 94-year old grandmother was admitted to a hospital in Canada back in December after having bowel obstruction surgery. She has been in the hospital for almost 3 months now and has just contracted C.Difficile – a bacterial infection that is common in hospitals that can be transmitted through improper hand washing. While many people can tolerate this infection well, it can be fatal to the elderly and those who are immuno-compromised (like many of the patients in the hospital).

I wanted to share this story with you because it provides an example and a personal context for what we do as MAPS volunteers and highlights the importance of proper hand-washing. If you ever find yourself tired, discouraged because you have just been called the “hand-washing police” for the 3rd time that day, or you start losing sight of why you are volunteering with this program, please take a moment to remember my grandmother and just how meaningful your work really is. You ARE making a difference and helping to prevent things like this from happening. Thanks for reading and happy volunteering!

Jess :)

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