Students of Pacific Union College have used this time of crisis to better themselves while positively impacting the lives of others—showing their true Pioneers spirit. One of those students is Ralph Edward Valdez. When PUC closed its campus and switched to remote learning in March, Valdez returned to his home in Napa where he applied for the Medical Reserve Corps. After he received the necessary training, Valdez was assigned to work as a nurse at a COVID-19 testing site in Napa. During one weekend shift early in his volunteering, Valdez found himself in an unexpected situation. “One day, none of the staff could speak Spanish, so upon arrival, I immediately told them I would handle all translations,” Valdez explained. “I was able to successfully explain the process to the Spanish speaking patients! More importantly, I was able to keep the patients from panicking and feeling overwhelmed with their situation.” During these uncertain times, PUC is especially thankful and blessed to have students like Valdez, with his desire to learn and commitment to serve his community, as part of the Pioneers family.
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