In celebration of National Volunteer Services Week, and in keeping with an annual tradition, Masonicare Health Center of Wallingford honored nearly 200 adult volunteers from in-house and the community at the 41st Annual Volunteer Recognition Brunch held on April 2nd at Ashlar Village, Masonicare’s Continuing Care Retirement Community located on the Wallingford campus.
Volunteers who contributed a minimum of 25 hours during the volunteer “year,” which extended from March 2013 to February 2014, received a pin. Altogether, 507 volunteers (including in-house, adult community, junior, and community service) contributed 41,343 hours this year.
Three volunteers from the community – George W. Smith of North Haven (821 hours) and Jill Doody (791) and Eleanor Lianos (736 hours) of Wallingford and three resident volunteers – Marge Butler (1,180), Hilda Hanson (468), and Joan Russell (456 hours), received special recognition for contributing the most hours during the year.
For the seventeenth year in a row, Masonicare Health Center awarded $500 scholarships to student volunteers who are pursuing careers in the healthcare field. Each recipient volunteered a minimum of 100 hours at Masonicare Health Center.
The students who will receive William Loefstedt scholarships are Matthew Duhaime, who will be a sophomore at Southern Connecticut State University and intends to enter the nursing program, and Andrew Joyce of Wallingford, who is graduating from Xavier High School, and will be studying biomedical engineering or neurology at New York University or Stonehill College. The Valerie W. Winchester scholarships have been awarded to Maryrose Sola of North Haven, who will be a junior at Southern Connecticut State University, where she is studying recreation therapy and Sydney Brooks of North Haven who will be graduating from North Haven High School and attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute to enter the pre-med program for a career in Optometry.
Masonicare Health Center, which is open to all, offers a wide variety of opportunities for adults and teenagers to volunteer their time and energy to help provide the best possible care environment for patients and residents. Regardless of a person’s age or occupation, a caring manner and a helping hand can make a difference in the life of an older adult. Volunteer opportunities are available in several areas, including acute care, skilled nursing, assisted living, independent living, outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation, and several specialty clinics and therapies.
Masonicare Health Center is an affiliate of Wallingford-based Masonicare, Connecticut’s leading not-for-profit provider of healthcare and retirement living for seniors. To learn more about the volunteer program at Masonicare, call Carla Young of Volunteer Services, at 203-679-6253.