In 2013, 1,360 volunteers gave a total of 104,900 hours and completed 238 clerical projects and 20,353 errands.
The story of Akron Children’s Hospital, dating back to 1890, includes an element about the power of volunteerism. A group of volunteers came together to talk about one thing – service above self.
“Akron Children’s is what it is today because of volunteers,” said Bill Considine, president and CEO of Akron Children’s Hospital. “The best compliment I can give to anyone who is a part of the Akron Children’s family is to refer to them as a volunteer.”
Every year, the Women’s Board of Akron Children’s Hospital hosts a recognition luncheon, in conjunction with National Volunteer Week, to honor and thank the volunteers who give their time to the hospital.
This year’s recognition luncheon was held on April 9 at the Fairlawn Country Club.
Among the volunteers recognized at the luncheon were the more than 20 members who gave 5,000 hours or more of their time to the hospital in 2013: Joan Bailey, Lois Bloss, Barbara Dieterich, Christine Fleissner, Rosemarie George, Karen Green, Dick Green, Bob Green, Emory Hall, Judy Holder, Estelle Kaufmann, Karen King, Idelle Kodish, Mary Leuca, Peggy McClusky, Karen Nackes, Kenneth Smith, Mary Lee Smith, Barbara Steurer, Evelyn Strausser and Billy Turner.
Two of those volunteers, twins Dick and Bob Green, have been volunteers at the hospital for more than 10 years.
“My wife had been a volunteer for years,” said Dick. “I was already involved with the Holiday Tree Festival, so after retirement I decided to volunteer too. It’s now been 15 years that I’ve been a volunteer, and I even recruited a new volunteer.”
Three years after Dick retired from work, his brother Bob retired.
“I didn’t want to commit to anything for at least a year after I retired,” said Bob. “After that year, my brother mentioned that they were shorthanded on volunteers at the hospital on Fridays, so that’s when I started volunteering. I’ve been here for 11 years now.”
Like many of our volunteers, Dick and Bob have a set schedule, and a location where they report on those days. The brothers both volunteer on Fridays as desk attendants, and they also run errands when needed.
Bob also volunteers on Thursdays in Akron Children’s Reinberger Family Center.
“I really enjoy what I’m doing,” said Bob. “But it’s the people I work with that keep bring me back week after week and year after year. We have a really good crew.”
To find out more about Volunteer Services, or to find out how to become a volunteer, visit akronchildrens.org/volunteer.