...I am part of something special
Four years ago, Rodney Latney was homeless. He woke up one day, realized how blessed he was to be alive and vowed to change his situation. He joined the Moving Ahead Program in Boston, which helped him to identify three career goals. One of the professions he matched with was that of an X-ray technician.
On Sunday, April 27, Latney received the Jack Arvedon Award, recognizing him for hours spent volunteering in Orthopaedic Radiology at BIDMC. He also received a pin for volunteering 100 hours at the medical center and it was announced that he had recently been named to the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society at Bunker Hill Community College, where he has spent the past 18 months completing the prerequisites to enter the radiology technician program.
"I am shocked to be getting this award," Latney said. "I volunteer because I am interested in radiology. I didn't know it would be so rewarding."
The award is given annually for a volunteer who has contributed a minimum of 100 hours and shown the most flexibility, commitment and positive attitude over the year. Latney said when he was going through the Moving Ahead Program, he was introduced to Stacey McKinnon in the Department of Radiology at BIDMC. When he expressed an interest in pursuing a career as a radiology technician, McKinnon connected him to Terry Morgan, Program Coordinator, Volunteer Services. He has volunteered each Thursday afternoon in Orthopaedic Radiology for nearly a year and a half.
"When I put on my BIDMC shirt and badge, I feel like I am part of something special," Latney said.
Latney was one of many volunteers honored during the annual Volunteer Recognition Reception held in the atrium of the Carl J. Shapiro Clinical Center. In 2008, 451 people volunteered a total of 36,758 hours at BIDMC, saving the hospital $892,852.