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​Wallingford, CT(May 10, 2016)...In celebration of National Volunteer Services Week, and in keeping with an annual tradition, Masonicare Health Center of Wallingford recently honored nearly 170 adult volunteers from in-house and the community at the 43rd Annual Volunteer Recognition Brunch at Ashlar Village, Masonicare's Continuing Care Retirement Community located on the Wallingford campus.
            Three volunteers were recognized for contributing the most volunteer hours in their category: community volunteer Jill Doody of Wallingford (879), as well as Marge Butler (887) and Leonard Nevins (1,014) who are Masonicare residents, received special recognition for contributing the most hours during the year. Three volunteers who have contributed the most total hours over the years are Alcine Reed (12,700), George Smith (16,500) and Evelyn Della Rocco (17,200).

For the nineteenth 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 Ramsha Khan of Wallingford who is continuing at the University of Connecticut (UConn) and is studying to become a pediatrician, and Amberly Lao of Wallingford, who is continuing at University of Connecticut (UConn) for Pediatrics.  The Valerie W. Winchester Scholarships have been awarded to Charlotte Lao of Wallingford, graduating from Lyman Hall High School, who will be entering a Biomedical Engineering, and Briana Mendez of Wallingford who is graduating from Lyman Hall High School, and will be studying Nursing. The scholarship recipients are in the process of choosing their future college or university.                                                                          

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.

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