Volunteer Spotlight: Lavon Marshall

Since 2001, Lavon Marshall has actively served with the St David’s Medical Center Healthcare Volunteers (SDMCHV), which has a volunteer base of 450 active volunteers who enhance and support patient care in a 400 bed facility. Lavon has served as an Executive Board Member in several roles: Treasurer, Vice-President, President, and Senior Advisor in addition to receiving the “Frist Humanitarian Volunteer” Award in 2015.

Lavon has been active in community programs such as University of Texas Performing Arts Center; American Diabetes Association; Austin Chapter of Links, Inc.; Jack and Jill Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; and Ebenezer Third Baptist Church.

In 1981, President Jimmy Carter presented Lavon with a Presidential Commendation – the National Alliance of Business Service Award and Council on Career Development for Minorities for her contribution to broaden career services and advisement for the students at Huston-Tillotson University.

On May 2014, the faculty President, and the Board of Trustees of Huston-Tillotson University proudly conferred on Lavon the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree for her service to the Central Texas community and Huston-Tillotson University.

In addition to her service on the SDMCHV Executive Committee, Lavon has volunteered in many different roles at St. David’s Medical Center. She currently works two weekly shifts in the Atrium Gift Shop; one 3-hour shift in the Gift Shop and the other 3-hour shift as Captain balancing cash receipts. She also serves on the SDMCHV Scholarship committee, which annually awards scholarships to students in upper level healthcare educational institutions. The staff at St. David’s are amazed at her willingness to go beyond the scope of her duties to help others. She often stays late when the next volunteer is running behind. She will help out in the Gift Shop after board meetings, even though it’s not her regularly scheduled day to volunteer. If she sees we are busy she will step in and help out.

Her quiet, giving service has an influence inside and outside of St. David’s Medical Center. She knows many SDMC staff members by name and they often ask her to help them. We have witnessed hospital visitors stop by the Gift Shop to thank her for her assistance and to let her know how important she made them feel because of her compassionate actions and ability to listen. She has contributed over 6,300 hours in her 16 years of volunteer service to SDMC and her actions have enhanced patient care immensely. We have also witnessed volunteers seek her out because of her trustworthy advice, sincerity, and respect she has shown them at church or while doing community volunteer work.

She has a strong reputation in the Austin community, not just because of the work she is involved in, but because she has a passionate love for people and for doing what is right. She has shown dedication to the Community Volunteer Spirit for 50 plus years through her involvement at church, Huston-Tillotson University, and St. David’s Medical Center.