Volunteer Spotlight Award:
Reverend Kevin Hopper is a tough man to pin down for an interview. He is extremely busy, and not just in his personal life, but also with the selfless work that he does here for our patients at Union Hospital on a weekly basis.
Since 2007, Kevin Hopper has been a chaplain on Union Hospital’s Pastoral Care Team, primarily working on weekends—a shift that can sometimes be hard to fill. He is here for our patients even if called upon in the middle of the night. As a matter of fact, since 2014, he has volunteered over 1,000 hours of his time.
In addition to his role at the hospital, he also works a full-time job in construction and is a minister at Truth and Life Center in Northeast, Maryland. So, if it sounds like he’s a busy man, trust us, he is! However, we did finally get a chance to speak with Kevin, and it was well worth the wait.
Kevin’s exposure to ministry began at a very early age, as his parents were involved in the helping ministry his whole life, “We left a large church in Fresno, CA, to move to Jacksonville, FL, when I was eight years old to help with a new church. I remember lying in bed when I was 7-8 years old and praying for those in the hospitals in our area as I went to sleep at night. It is amazing that I am involved with a volunteer Pastoral Care program at a great hospital 50 years later!”
We asked him how he first became involved with volunteering for Union and why he continues to offer so much of his time. “I am a construction worker and also a minister. I was laid off work for a while and spent time visiting our church family and friends who were here at Union Hospital, so I decided to volunteer to help in a larger capacity. It is close and convenient, plus it is in my community, so it gives me an opportunity to help others in my community.”
What he enjoys the most about volunteering is, “Interacting with people and encouraging them. No matter how down or discouraged people are I try to leave them with a chuckle, at least. Besides, I like the overall goals of the hospital to help the patients recover not only physically, but spiritually as well. Therefore, when they leave, they feel better about themselves.”
Kevin urges everyone to think about volunteering at Union Hospital. “I would tell someone who is considering becoming a volunteer that Union is a great place to share your time and it enables you to encourage others while giving back to the community! I have personally brought someone on to also be a volunteer, and Nyron Cameron is enjoying the program and the chance to give back.”
“I am so glad that I have the opportunity to donate my time here at Union Hospital and interact with the staff and patients. I am humbled and honored to be a recipient of the Volunteer Spotlight Award.”
Kevin, all of us here at Union cannot thank you enough for all that you do. Congratulations on a well-deserved honor!