Volunteer Spotlight

Meet Margery Gruenberg

Marge started at Hurley in December of 2014 and has since accumulated well over 5,000 service hours. Whether it's knitting shawls for the Hurley Breast Navigator Program, putting together hanger bags for the front of walkers, doing whatever special projects are in the works in the Lobby Shop or helping out at countless Hurley events, Marge is on-the-spot and willing to do her part. When we think of all the patients' and employees' lives that she makes better each day, we are certainly grateful she responded to that need.

Volunteer Spotlight Margery

Margery's Story

Ask anyone who works with Margery, and they'll say she is the quintessential volunteer—hardworking, reliable, patient, and helpful. It seems fitting that she was our Spotlight Volunteer of the very month in which we celebrate National Volunteer Week.

Marge started at Hurley in December of 2014 and has since accumulated well over 5,000 service hours. She works mostly in the Marketing department, the Hurley Foundation, the Surgical Lounge, and the Lobby Shop every Saturday morning and alternating Wednesdays.

Despite being here so consistently, her outstanding service isn't limited to the medical center. Every Sunday morning, she rises early to help serve hot breakfasts to those in need at First Presbyterian, where she is an active member and sings in the choir. Recently, Marge participated in a special performance of four choirs combined at St. Christopher's in Grand Blanc. She somehow worked in a bunch of extra practice sessions around her already busy volunteering schedule—and of course, the proceeds benefitted the community.

"The money (from the performance) went to fund a scholarship for high school students in the music programs," Marge said.

Whether it's knitting shawls for the Hurley Breast Navigator Program, putting together hanger bags for the front of walkers, doing whatever special projects are in the works in the Lobby Shop or helping out at countless Hurley events, Marge is on-the-spot and willing to do her part.

"I just like getting out of the house and working with people," Marge said, with a humility representative of many of our volunteers. "You get to work with some nice people. I like the events the most. They're fun."

She recalls being teamed up with a nurse's young daughter to give out the 400 or so cupcakes she had baked for Pink Night Palooza.

"It was 95º. People asked how much the cupcakes were, and Gabby would say, 'They're free, but a donation would be nice.' She was so cute. She had people paying all this money for a cupcake!" Marge said, laughing at the memory.

Before becoming a dedicated volunteer, she was a dedicated member of the workforce, putting in 25 years of service at General Motor Service & Parts Operations (GMSPO) and then working at a variety of title companies before retiring for good in 2012. She considered heading over to McLaren, where her mother volunteered for many years, and if it weren't for her brother's surgery at Hurley, she might've done just that. Instead, she was recruited to Team Hurley.

"They have a big need for volunteers," Marge said.

When we think of all the patients' and employees' lives that she makes better each day, we are certainly grateful she responded to that need.

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