July 2020 Machias – Down East Community Hospital was unable to hold our volunteer appreciation event this year, but that doesn’t mean that we value our precious volunteers any less. We want to take this time to pay tribute to all our volunteers and give a special mention to those who earned Presidential Service Awards this year. Susan O’Clair received a silver award (250-499 hours). Tom McClure, Linda Wright, Raymond Selby, Kay Richmond, Pauline Cates, Nellie Gatcomb, Judy Hanscom, Janie Kroegar, Nancy Lewis, and Pat Hennessey received bronze awards (100-249 hours). Throughout 2019, our volunteers clocked in 1,355 hours.
Volunteer Coordinator, Lanette Pottle, “Down East Community Hospital values all our dedicated volunteers; the gift of their time is priceless. Because of COVID-19, our volunteer program has been shut down since March. Our staff miss seeing the smiling faces of our volunteers and all they bring each day to help us provide compassionate care to our community. We all look forward to the day they are all back with us. We want to remind them how much they mean to our hospital and let them know that their absence has not gone unnoticed.”
In 2003, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation founded the President’s Volunteer Service Award to recognize the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity. This award honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action, too.
The PVSA has continued under each administration, honoring the volunteers who are using their time and talents to solve some of the toughest challenges facing our nation.