OSF Healthcare celebrates Volunteer Week

Pins and certificates were presented by OSF Saint Paul Medical Center to weekly in-house volunteers on April 10. Janet Schmidt, right, received her award from Kim Kennedy. (Photos contributed)

MENDOTA - OSF Saint Paul Medical Center honored its volunteers during a breakfast held at the Mendota Civic Center on April 10. The event was part of National Volunteer Week celebration.

In-House, Gift Shop, Meals on Wheels drivers along with Pet Therapy volunteers were recognized. Kim Kennedy, In-House Volunteer coordinator; Brenda Grobe, Auxiliary Gift Shop coordinator; and Molly Pyszka, Meals on Wheels coordinator all spoke and acknowledged the value that each volunteer brings to the hospital and those that are served.

Kim Kennedy, presented a pin and certificate to Judy Alshouse, 25 years; Janet Schmidt, 20 years; and Joan Rasgaitis, five years of service as an In-House weekly volunteer.

Judy Alshous, left, and Joan Rasgaitis, right, were presented with awards by Kim Kennedy. 

Pyszka informed the group that over 3,500 meals were provided to Mendota residents by 45 volunteer drivers. Grobe shared her appreciation for her 41 volunteers and to Karen Corrigan, Janet Stiel and Marilyn Sanford for donating additional time in the gift shop this past year. Corrigan alone spent over 160 volunteer hours in the gift shop by generously picking up extra shifts. The Auxiliary Gift Shop is open weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and all proceeds benefit the hospital.

Anyone interested in volunteering or receiving meals, please call the hospital at (815) 539-7461 and speak to the operator.

 

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