South Lincoln Medical Center volunteer director Linda Jackson (far left) takes time for a group photo with volunteers LaDean Thornock, Amber Vetos, Kathy Stevenson, Sally Hunzie, Charlene Bishop, Linda Bird, Sue Eaton, Ruth Fritzel, Nona Backman and Jodie Boley on Monday, May 6. SLMC volunteers, 28 in all, recently logged over 1,600 hours of volunteer work in a one-year period.
KEMMERER — Talk about dedication. Twenty-eight volunteers have been recognized for logging 1,678 hours in a one-year period at the South Lincoln Medical Center in Kemmerer.
“We’re always doing something,” said SLMC volunteer director Linda Jackson as volunteer LaDean Thornock nodded in agreement.
Volunteer responsibilities encompass everything from manicures to playing bingo and manning the gift shop. Volunteers visit with residents in the nursing center, playing bingo with and reading to them; they also give residents manicures and entertain them year round on family nights, singing Christmas carols during the holidays.
The SLMC health fair requires quite a bit of organization and labor to pull off; volunteers help register residents for the health fair blood draws in addition to helping with overall fair organization.
Overnight patients at the hospital also benefit from the volunteer program. Volunteers visit these patients as well, and those that aren’t visiting the patients are likely to be found at home making baby blankets and socks.
Gardening, silent auctions and bake sales round out the list of activities in which volunteers participate and the tasks they undertake.
According to Jackson, there can never be too many volunteers. She encourages anyone with an interest in helping out to contact her at (307) 877-5575.
“We’re always looking for more volunteers,” she said, and reminds local residents that age or gender shouldn’t be an issue. Men are welcome and mature, dedicated pre-teens can also fit the bill.
Current volunteers that contributed to the program’s impressive number of recent hours include:
June Ann Somers