Com­mu­nity Hos­pice Rec­og­nizes Vol­un­teers At An­nual Lun­cheon

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Com­mu­nity Hos­pice, the old­est and largest non­profit hos­pice provider in the Cen­tral Val­ley, cel­e­brated and rec­og­nized its vol­un­teers at the an­nual Vol­un­teer Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Lun­cheon and Award Cer­e­mony on April 18. All vol­un­teers re­ceived a spe­cial cer­tifi­cate of recog­ni­tion. Sev­eral vol­un­teers were rec­og­nized for out­stand­ing ser­vice and ded­i­ca­tion to the mis­sion of Com­mu­nity Hos­pice and four ded­i­cated vol­un­teers were awarded the 2017 Mary Jean CoeurBar­ron Vol­un­teer of the Year Award.

Named af­ter the co­founder of Com­mu­nity Hos­pice, the Mary Jean Coeur-Bar­ron awards are given each year to four vol­un­teers for their out­stand­ing ser­vice and spirit of ex­cel­lence. One vol­un­teer is cho­sen from the fol­low­ing: Com­mu­nity Hos­pice, Friends of Com­mu­nity Hos­pice, Com­mu­nity Hos­pice Hope Chest Thrift Stores and Camp Erin of the Cen­tral Val­ley.

The Com­mu­nity Hos­pice Vol­un­teer of the Year Award was pre­sented to Ms. Ronna Pro­ges. She pro­vides com­pas­sion­ate grief sup­port to mem­bers of the com­mu­nity through the Com­mu­nity Hos­pice Grief Sup­port Ser­vices Depart­ment. She also bakes de­li­cious treats for the pa­tients and fam­i­lies at the Com­mu­nity Hos­pice Alexan­der Co­hen Hos­pice House. Pro­ges has been nick­named the “bak­ing an­gel.”

The Friends of Com­mu­nity Hos­pice Vol­un­teer of the Year Award was given to Mrs. Carol Mul­rooney, cur­rent So­cial Chair of the Friends of Com­mu­nity Hos­pice. She has served in many ca­pac­i­ties to sup­port the fundrais­ing ef­forts and mis­sion of Com­mu­nity Hos­pice. She has played a sig­nif­i­cant role in the suc­cess of Friends of Com­mu­nity Hos­pice An­nual Card Party, the Fan­tasy of Trees event as well as oth­ers.

Lil­lian Chua was awarded the Hope Chest Thrift Store Vol­un­teer of the Year hon­ors. She has been vol­un­teer­ing with Com­mu­nity Hos­pice for nearly 20 years. Chua’s on­go­ing ded­i­ca­tion to the mis­sion of Com­mu­nity Hos­pice is a source of in­spi­ra­tion to her fel­low vol­un­teers.

The Camp Erin of the Cen­tral Val­ley vol­un­teer award was pre­sented to Ja­son LeBeouf. He has served as a cabin buddy at camp for the past four years. His ded­i­ca­tion to sup­port­ing the campers along their grief jour­ney has been a bless­ing to many in the com­mu­nity.

In 2017, more than 500 vol­un­teers con­trib­uted 22,044 hours in sup­port of the Com­mu­nity Hos­pice mis­sion.

“Vol­un­teers are the heart of Com­mu­nity Hos­pice and we are blessed to have so many com­mu­nity res­i­dents give their time and tal­ent to sup­port our mis­sion,” said C. DeSha McLeod, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Com­mu­nity Hos­pice. “We are grate­ful for all our vol­un­teers that help sup­port our pa­tients and their fam­i­lies, and the pro­grams we pro­vide our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Com­mu­nity Hos­pice is the largest and old­est non­profit hos­pice agency in the Cen­tral Val­ley. Serv­ing the com­mu­nity since 1979, Com­mu­nity Hos­pice has cared for thou­sands of friends and neigh­bors of­fer­ing com­pas­sion­ate and qual­ity care, ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port to ter­mi­nally ill pa­tients and fam­i­lies, re­gard­less of abil­ity to pay. Care ex­tends to over 2000 pa­tients each year in pri­vate homes, skilled nurs­ing fa­cil­i­ties, re­tire­ment com­mu­ni­ties and at the 16-bed in­pa­tient Com­mu­nity Hos­pice Alexan­der Co­hen Hos­pice House. Com­mu­nity Hos­pice also pro­vides grief sup­port ser­vices to any­one in the com­mu­nity.

To learn more about vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties or any of Com­mu­nity Hos­pice’s pro­grams or ser­vices, visit hos­pice­heart.org or call 209-578-6300.

PHOTO CON­TRIB­UTED

Shown are the 2017 Mary Jean Coeur-Bar­ron Vol­un­teer of the Year Award Win­ners for Com­mu­nity Hos­pice, from left, Lil­lian Chua, Ja­son LeBeouf and Ronna Pro­ges. Not pic­tured: Carol Mul­rooney.

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