50 Faces of Volunteers – Jerome Janda

Nominated by Pam Skelton, His Hands Free Clinic in Cedar Rapids

Tell us a little about the volunteer:

Dr. Jerome Janda is a retired medical doctor with plenty of family and interests to keep him busy, but not too busy to be a volunteer. He has been a volunteer doctor at His Hands Free Clinic in Cedar Rapids for a year now and has volunteered over 270 hours. Dr. Janda has always believed in sharing the time, treasure an knowledge God has bestowed upon mankind. He enjoys sharing and giving back to the community that has given him so much. The christian setting that His Hands Free Clinic is what he says motivates him to humbly participate in doing the Lord’s will in extending a ‘healing’ hand to the patients he sees while volunteering. The medical need, as observed by Dr. Janda, is great especially those without medical healthcare. Likewise, he sees great spiritual needs. He sees his participation as a volunteer at this clinic, which provides a counter cultural safe-haven, as an opportunity to personally address these needs.

Dr. Janda also believes that the Lord has made the yoke of volunteering light. He shares with others that the benefits of being a volunteer far out-weigh any ‘burdens’ created. It is his hope that by encouraging others to become volunteers they will come to appreciate, as he has, that self-giving is love in action.


What is the primary (one or two) organization(s) they serve? His Hands Free Clinic

How long have they volunteered with this/these organization(s)? One year

Why does this volunteer deserve to be recognized with a 50 Faces of Volunteers spotlight?

Dr. Janda brings his unique humor and exuberance into a place where the struggles for those he treats are heavy. He is a dedicated volunteer and patients are energized by his joy and jokes. Dr. Janda gives his patients the time they need to share not only their physical needs but their life struggles as well. They are able to walk out of the clinic feeling a little lighter and wearing a smile knowing that they were heard and cared for by Dr. Janda. It is because of his, (and others’) willingness, to provide his time and medical expertise, that this clinic is able to be in existence.

Tell us about a great volunteer! We would love to recognize them as one of our “50 Faces of Volunteers.” Volunteer Iowa selects one nomination to feature every other Wednesday. 

Nominating is easy! You’ll submit a short paragraph or two about the volunteer(s) and their experience. The who/what/where/when (or for how long) and, most importantly, the why of their volunteer cause. We have provided some questions to prompt responses. It’s also strong requested that you submit a photo with your nomination. This is a great opportunity to help showcase a dedicated volunteer or volunteer group in your community! 

Ready to submit a spotlight? Access the online form here.

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