Saint Joseph Volunteers to be Honored at Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheons 04/10/2012
In conjunction with National Volunteer Week, Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center will be recognizing its many volunteers through two Volunteer Recognition Luncheons hosted Thursday, April 12 in Mishawaka and Wednesday, April 18 in Plymouth. The Mishawaka luncheon will be held at the Windsor Park Conference Center in Edison Lakes, and the Plymouth luncheon will be held at Christos’ Banquet Center in Plymouth.
“Our Volunteers represent the essence behind the Saint Joseph mission, and are invaluable to all that we do,” said Denise Berscheit, SJRMC’s Director of Volunteer Services at the Mishawaka campus. “Dedicated to sharing their time and talents, each individual is committed to improving the health of our community through the caring experience they provide to all patients and families.”
In 2011, 733 volunteers served SJRMC’s Mishawaka campus and other area facilities for a total of 69,301 hours, and 104 volunteers served the Plymouth campus for a total of 7,842 hours. Another 150 volunteers provided 28,800 hours through Saint Joseph’s Community Outreach services. Nationally, the value of a volunteer is now $21.36 per hour, and in total, the 987 person Saint Joseph volunteer network has provided more than 2.26 million dollars of service to the community.
"Our volunteers are truly amazing, passionate people who make a difference everyday in the lives of our patients, visitors and associates,” said Connie Deery, Manager of the Saint Joseph Health Center and Volunteer Services in Plymouth. “While serving together within the community, our volunteers are an invaluable part of the healthcare team, and support Saint Joseph’s mission to heal the body, mind and spirit.”
Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. Collectively, volunteers demonstrate to the community that by working together, society has the fortitude to meet challenges and accomplish goals. Held April 15-21, 2012, National Volunteer Week is about taking action and encouraging individuals to be at the center of social change—discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to foster positive transformation.