Char­lotte Hall Vet­er­ans Home hon­ors its vol­un­teers

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On April 20, Char­lotte Hall Vet­er­ans Home cel­e­brated the open hearts of com­mu­nity mem­bers who so gra­ciously do­nated more than 13,000 hours and $103,000 in sup­port of their vet­er­ans in 2015.

At­tend­ing the ban­quet were in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions who con­trib­uted more than 24 hours of ser­vice or $500 in goods or fi­nan­cial sup­port. The ban­quet was filled with laugh­ter, grat­i­tude and re­flec­tion on a year full of ded­i­ca­tion.

There are no words for how much Char­lotte Hall Vet­er­ans Home ap­pre­ci­ates what you’ve done to help us care for these brave men and women. We would like to con­grat­u­late Kevin Wood­ward, who was nom­i­nated as our 2015 Vol­un­teer of the Year based on his daily ser­vice to our vet­er­ans. For do­nat­ing over $31,000, our fi­nan­cial sup­port Or­ga­ni­za­tion of the Year went to Amer­i­can Legion Post 91 in Cam­bridge, and En­counter Chris­tian Cen­ter was named our ser­vice Or­ga­ni­za­tion of the Year for their weekly com­mit­ment to vis­it­ing and serv­ing our res­i­dents.

A spe­cial thank you is owed to the Greater Wal­dorf Jaycees for faith­fully host­ing our vol­un­teer ap­pre­ci­a­tion ban­quets, to the Lounge Hounds for their en­ter­tain­ment, to Sec­re­tary Ge­orge Owings of the Mary­land Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs for his in­spir­ing words, the Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Depart­ment of Veteran Af­fairs Med­i­cal Cen­ter for rec­og­niz­ing our vol­un­teers’ hard work, the mem­bers of the Mary­land Vet­er­ans Home Com­mis­sion, and of course the staff of HMR Veteran Ser­vices of Mary­land. To­gether with these vol­un­teers, you all help im­prove the lives of our vet­er­ans ev­ery day.

Thank you for an­other suc­cess­ful year of serv­ing those who served.

Melissa S. Canada, Char­lotte Hall The writer is the con­tract sup­port co­or­di­na­tor with the Mary­land Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs for the Char­lotte Hall Vet­er­ans Home.

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Pic­tured from left are Sharon Mat­tia, vet­er­ans home di­rec­tor; Chris­tine Merna, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of DCVA Med­i­cal Cen­ter; Ron Lord on be­half of En­counter Chris­tian Cen­ter, the Vet­er­ans Home Or­ga­ni­za­tion of the Year; Sec­re­tary Ge­orge W. Owings III of the Mary­land Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs; Bon­nie Pel­letier, as­sisted liv­ing ac­tiv­i­ties di­rec­tor; and Kathy Smoot, skilled nurs­ing ac­tiv­i­ties di­rec­tor.

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