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Wallingford, CT, May 15, 2017.....In celebration of National Volunteer Services Week, and in keeping with an annual tradition, Masonicare Health Center of Wallingford honored 170 adult volunteers from in-house and the community at the 44th Annual Volunteer Recognition Brunch held on April 7th at Ashlar Village, Masonicare's Continuing Care Retirement Community located on the Wallingford campus.

Volunteers who contributed a minimum of 100 hours during the volunteer "year," which extended from March 2016 to January 2017, received a pin. Altogether, 394 volunteers (including internal, adult community, junior, and community service) contributed 35,288 hours this year.

Three volunteers were recognized for contributing the most volunteer hours in their category: community volunteer Jill Doody (882) of Wallingford, Jeannette Flavell (904) internal, and Leonard Nevins (1,068) internal independent living 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 (13,000), George Smith (16,800) and Evelyn DellaRocco (17,500).

For the twentieth 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 Megha Patel who will be a sophomore at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston, studying to be a pharmacist and Kelly Phipps, graduating from Cheshire High School, who will be studying to be a cardiologist.

 The Valerie W. Winchester scholarships have been awarded to Amberly Lao, who will be a junior at UCONN, studying to be a pediatrician and Brianna Eroh, graduating from Mark T. Sheehan High School, who will be entering a nursing 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 of Volunteer Services, at 203-679-6253.

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