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Why I Volunteer: The Giving Heart of a Retired Nurse
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Guest blog by Nova Todd, retired level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurse and Learning Ally volunteer

Nova holding a model brainReading has enabled me to earn two masters' degrees, which has made it possible for me to teach nursing at two different universities over my nursing career. While I didn't start out as an avid reader, I never had trouble reading or understanding the printed word. I came to love reading when I reached high school. From then on, I always had at least one book in my hands. Sometimes I have a downstairs book and an upstairs book to read at the same time!

When I record at Learning Ally, I gravitate to the science area because of my background in nursing and the sciences. I usually volunteer a couple of times a week at the studio.

I love to read and cannot imagine what my life would be like without being able to pick up a book and enrich my life.

There are many people, especially children, who cannot read the printed word. This greatly diminishes the quality of their life. It prevents them from succeeding in their life's work and interferes with joys in their life.

By volunteering and fundraising, I’m providing a service that will enrich our community and country. Please donate to Learning Ally so we can continue to provide audiobooks to those who cannot enjoy what we take for granted.

DonateLearning Ally Logo specifically to Nova's fundraiser or create your own today! Interested in volunteering? We are always looking for people with specialty areas like science or math. We also love great story-tellers! Log onto LearningAlly.org/Volunteer for more information.

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