It’s National Volunteer Week!

by Alia King, HPCCR Director of Volunteer Services

NationalVolunteerWeekLOGO_2013I’ve given up watching the news. I’ve decided it’s too much of a challenge to turn on the television or go online and find anything positive to read. It’s all too easy to forget about the good things going on in the world when we are so often hit with only the negative. And true, there is a lot out there that is negative, but there’s way more good. The good things aren’t usually shocking enough to make the news, so unfortunately, they get hidden.

So, how’s this for shocking? One incredibly blessed organization with 500 volunteers, almost 34,000 hours of time FREELY GIVEN in 2012 and more than 9,000 hours already in just the first quarter of this year.

That headline would get my attention. In fact, it gets my attention every day when I hear about a wonderful volunteer like Michael, who spends two hours helping a patient with dementia get all dolled up just to see her smile at herself in the mirror. Or about another of our fabulous volunteers, Frank, who adopted a long-term care community during the holidays and took gifts to all 101 residents. Or Kerri and Lauren, two teens who, despite their full courseloads at Charlotte Catholic High School, spend 12 hours a month visiting residents at Huntersville Oaks.  And about Jerusha, Dick, and Troy, three volunteers we are celebrating this year for 20 years of service to our organization.

WOW! Now those are my kind of headlines.

During National Volunteer Week and every week, we thank the dedicated volunteers who serve our patients, families, and staff without ever asking anything in return. We are honored to have you in our midst and grateful you chose us!

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2 Comments on “It’s National Volunteer Week!”

  1. Nancy Cole Says:

    The volunteers I’ve had the opportunity to work with are wonderful. I appreciate their time and help at our events and in the office. In addition to them, I often hear about our other volunteers who are assisting patients and their families. The stories are amazing and heartfelt. Thank you VOLUNTEERS!

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