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May 22, 2013

George W. Smith of North Haven Recognized as Top Community Volunteer

Left to Right: Volunteers Phyllis Davis, Marge Butler, Eleanor Lianos, Fleurette Goulart, and Laila Karas

Left to Right: Volunteers Phyllis Davis, Marge Butler, Eleanor Lianos, Fleurette Goulart, and Laila Karas

Wallingford, CT, May 21, 2013……..In celebration of National Volunteer Services Week, and in keeping with an annual tradition, Masonicare Health Center of Wallingford honored 200 adult volunteers from in-house and the community at the 40th Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon held on April 17at 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 2012 to February 2013, received a pin. Altogether, 476 volunteers (including in-house, adult community, junior, and community service) contributed 45,476 hours this year.


Three volunteers from the community – George W. Smith of North Haven (1,388 hours), Eleanor Lianos of Wallingford (978 hours) and Laila Karas of North Haven (803 hours), and three volunteers from in-house –Marge Butler (1,403), Phyllis Davis (597), and Alcine Reed (563 hours), received special recognition for contributing the most hours during the year.


For the sixteenth 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 is graduating from Hamden High School and will attend Southern Connecticut State University as a nursing student; Jennifer Kennedy, graduating from Mercy High School and planning to attend Boston College or Quinnipiac University as a pre-med student; Kristopher Luster of Meriden, who is graduating from Xavier High School and will attend Wesleyan University as a pre-med student. The Valerie W. Winchester scholarships have been awarded to Nikki Stone of Wallingford, who will be a junior at Curry College in the nursing program, and Nicole Varney of Wallingford, who will be graduating from Sheehan High School and attending Naugatuck Valley Community College to study in the physical therapist assistant program.


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, Volunteer Services, at 203-679-6253.


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