Overcome by stars
by Alia King, HPCCR Director of Volunteer Services
So now you know what rock stars our nurse practitioners are. But it’s time to tell you about some other stars in our midst – our volunteers! Specifically Jane Shoemaker and Shirley Kampfer, who were honored as Star Volunteer Award recipients by the Metrolina Association of Volunteer Administrators (MAVA) last Thursday at their annual luncheon. Out of eight volunteers in the area who were considered, the two winners were both ours!
Willing to help however she is needed, Jane assists patients and families in any care setting, whether at home or in a long-term care community. She has the amazing ability to determine just what her patients and families need and offers her services in a gentle, unassuming manner. Recently, Jane took the son of one of her patients to a Carolina Panthers football game because she felt he needed some extra TLC and one-on-one attention. Several sodas, hot dogs, and two Panthers hats later, the son talked about the great time he had. We are always so deeply touched, but not surprised, by Jane’s compassion and giving spirit.
But our stars don’t just shine with patients and families! Shirley has been a faithful staff support volunteer for eight years, giving more than 2,000 hours of her time helping with everything from coordinating meals for caregivers to becoming the “point person” for our Chameleon’s Journey Grief Camp camper registrations. In fact, Shirley just finished her third year of coming into the office almost daily for the three full months prior to camp to provide staff support for Chameleon’s Journey. Our Director of Spirituality and Grief Care Services says “I don’t know what the ‘equivalency’ of her volunteer hours would be, but it is worth far more to us because of the quality and dependability of her work and its importance to the camp. We appreciate her so very much.”
So, there you go. No wonder blue is our color – it’s the perfect backdrop for all of our stars!Explore posts in the same categories: awareness, Chameleon's Journey, hospice, volunteering comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.