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Niagara County: Appreciation for Hospice Volunteers during Volunteer Week

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Fri, Apr 20th 2018 09:45 pm
Pictured, from left, at the Niagara Hospice Volunteer Awards & Appreciation Dinner are Melissa Harris, Maureen Rizzo, Vandra Ruppel, Tricia Degan, Barbara Reed, Frank Maietta, Mary Dixon, Gregory Hood, Barbara Jesz, Adam Burns, Lori Burns and Lisa Schmidt.
Pictured, from left, at the Niagara Hospice Volunteer Awards & Appreciation Dinner are Melissa Harris, Maureen Rizzo, Vandra Ruppel, Tricia Degan, Barbara Reed, Frank Maietta, Mary Dixon, Gregory Hood, Barbara Jesz, Adam Burns, Lori Burns and Lisa Schmidt.
National Volunteer Week was April 15-21, providing the perfect opportunity for organizations across the country to honor volunteers for their selfless contributions, and recognize the irreplaceable impact of their time and energy all year round. Niagara Hospice showed thanks and appreciation to their many volunteers on April 19 at an Awards & Appreciation Dinner at Cornell Cooperative extension, catered by Donna Eick. Prior to awards being given out, volunteers enjoyed musical entertainment by Saxman Slim and the camaraderie of fellow volunteers and staff.
Years of Service awards were presented to Niagara Hospice and Camp Hope volunteers, with a special 25 Years of Service Award going to Barbara Reed, R.N. This was followed by the Pet Visit Award to Sadie and her handler, Mary Daily, who were unable to attend the event. The Ernie Leder Memorial Speakers Bureau Award was presented to Gregory Hood; the Hands for Hospice Award went to Adam and Lori Burns; the Mighty Niagara Half Marathon & Hospice Dash 5K Above & Beyond Award was announced going to Kevin Winkworth; the Camp Hope Outstanding Volunteer Award went to Vandra Ruppel; the Niagara Hospice Director's Award was presented to Mary Dixon; and the Patricia L. Evans Founders Award was presented to Barbara Jesz, RN.
"Our volunteers truly are at the heart of hospice care, having provided over 15,000 hours of service last year alone," said Tricia Degan, director of marketing, public relations and volunteer services. "Whether it's sitting with a patient while their caregiver gets some needed rest, or out in the community selling hospice bouquets, each of these very special people fill a need and answer the call to give of themselves and volunteer."
For more information or to volunteer for Niagara Hospice, call 716-280-0748 for an application or to register for the next training. More information and volunteer applications are also available at www.NiagaraHospice.org.
Since 1988, Niagara Hospice has provided end-of-life comfort, care and support to over 25,000 Niagara County individuals and families faced with terminal illness. For more information, visit www.NiagaraHospice.org or call 716-439-4417.

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