Volunteers with distinction

We say it all the time — we have exceptional volunteers.  But the proof was in the proverbial pudding when two of our volunteers, Mary Fink and Cindy Speas, were honored with the state’s most prestigious volunteer service distinction — the Governor’s Award.  And we are busting a gut with pride because they truly deserved this honor.  Here’s why:

Mary Fink

Mary Fink was given the challenge of creating a meal program at Levine & Dickson Hospice House just after it opened in 2008.  She successfully solicited community donors to provide meals twice a week for family members and visitors of patients.  With that project up and running, she still felt like she could do more, so Mary began seeking community groups to contribute snacks to LDHH.  That way, families spending time with their loved ones would have something to sustain them during their extended visits.  Mary then coordinated our holiday meal program, finding donors and matching them with patients and families in need during the holidays.  In 2010, she was instrumental in providing 134 meals throughout our eight-county service area.  Amazing.

Cindy Speas

Cindy Speas owns New Creations Hair Salon in uptown Charlotte and is a full-time cosmetologist.  But in her spare time, she provides haircuts and styling free of charge for Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region patients.  She understands that patients feel better when they look better, and she does whatever she can to make that happen.  Her enthusiasm, combined with her skill, brightens the day of the entire family.  Because when the patient feels special, the caregiver feels better too.  According to Cindy, the joy of helping patients is payment enough.  So when a patient recently asked how much he owed her, Cindy assured him it was a gift, but that she did accept tips in the form of hugs.

The talents that Mary Fink and Cindy Speas bring to Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region no doubt contribute to the hallmark of excellence that this organization has become known for.  Their selflessness, passion for helping others, and determination would enhance the reputation of any organization.  But we are honored that they have chosen our name badge to wear and our patients to serve.

Mary and Cindy, we are blessed to have you both among our ranks.  If payment really could be in hugs, we’d make you millionaires for sure!

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One Comment on “Volunteers with distinction”

  1. David Bayer ... aka Doc B Says:

    Major congratulations to Mary and Cindy … the Governor’s Award! WoW! “I” am impressed. Thanks for your good efforts to help with HPCCR.

    Doc B

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