Hospice Volunteers Take A Bow

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Volunteer Spotlight

Ceremony First Of Several Events Honoring County's Unsung Heroes

April 21, 1991|By Jill L. Zarend | Jill L. Zarend,Staff writer

Beverly Bassford's idea of recognition for volunteers at the Arundel Hospice means everyone is recognized, whether they have been involved for 12 years or just finished training.

"Everyone gives his all. Everyone here is a volunteer of the year," Bassford, director of thehospice, said Thursday night at the annual Hospice Team Recognition Dinner.

The hospice is a non-profit organization that assists terminally ill patients and their families.

About 100 volunteers, staff and board members congregated at the Severna Park home of volunteers Glennand Dot Parker to receive pins and certificates.

One award was given to Hank Lawton, a volunteer for 11 years who recently was named president of the hospice's board of directors. He will replace former president John B. Williamson, a volunteer for nine years.

"What impresses me is, it's a real team effort," said Lawton. "We have many gatherings like this."

Other volunteers honored Thursday included members of the auxiliary, who raise money for the hospice; the bereavement center, which has support groups for people dealing with death; Visiting Friends, which helps primary care-givers by giving them timeoff; and the office support.

Thursday's dinner was the first of several events by area organizations to honor their volunteers during National Volunteer Week.

* North Arundel Hospital will celebrate with a "Tea and Cake" party beginning at 3 p.m. today in the hospital's third-floor conference center. All members of the hospital auxiliary are invited, and area residents who want to learn more about the organization are welcome. Tours will be offered for newcomers. Information: 787-4367.

* County Executive Robert R. Neall will sponsor theAnne Arundel County Most Outstanding Volunteer Recognition receptionfrom 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the lobby of the Arundel Center in Annapolis. Each of county government's 23 departments will select one outstanding volunteer to represent it at the function. These volunteers will receive a certificate for their efforts. Refreshments willbe served.

* Chesapeake Manor Extended Care Center in Arnold willoffer a buffet luncheon to honor its volunteers from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the dining room of the center, 305 College Parkway. Chesapeake's volunteers, as well as the volunteers from the county Department of Aging's Life Enrichment, Pets on Wheels, and Mom and Me programs, will be honored. Information: 647-0015.

* The Pascal Senior Center will have a volunteer recognition luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the center, 125 Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie. Volunteers who have donated more than 500 hours to organizations in the county will be honored. Entertainment begins at 12:30 p.m. Certificates of appreciation will be given out to the volunteers at 1 p.m., and refreshments will follow. Information: 222-6680.

* The Providence Center will sponsor a volunteer recognition event at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Oxbow Restaurant on Ritchie Highway in Severna Park. All regular volunteers are invited to enjoy sandwiches and meet for the recognition reception.Information: 757-7803.

The Governor's Office on Volunteerism unveiled a new outreach program April 1, called "Volunteers Move Maryland." The program takes those willing to volunteer their time and talents and links them with an organization in need.

The office will sponsor the annual Governor's Volunteer Award reception at 5 p.m. April 29 in the rotunda of the State House in Annapolis. The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra's String Quartet will perform.

"These are Maryland's most prestigious awards," said Andrea Vernot, spokeswoman for the Office on Volunteerism. "We had a large number of nominations this year -- a 300 percent increase over past years. We plan on 500 people attending."

Ten awards are being given this year: four to groups andsix to individuals, including Roy Shine of Pasadena, who will be rewarded for his efforts in refurbishing a historic seaplane.

The retired Martin Marrietta volunteer worked with the Baltimore Museum of Industry and the Smithsonian Institution to refurbish a Mini Mariner.

"He got his award in the category of arts and culture," Vernot said. "He is preserving a piece of American history. Marietta is helpingwith equipment, and he has a crew of 15 to 20 people helping."

Shine has been working on the plane for about three years.

Aug. 25 has been proclaimed Governor's Volunteer Day 1991 by the Maryland State Fair at Timoni

um. Volunteers and their families will be given free parking, free admission to the fair and horse races, and discounts on rides, games and food.

Information: 225-4496.

The Coordinators of Volunteers of Anne Arundel County meet monthly to confer and solve problems they have encountered as volunteer coordinators. The group includes members of Crownsville Hospital, Light House, Arundel Hospice, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Sarah's House, Providence Center, the county Department of Aging, Community Services, and theDepartment of Social Services.

Information: 268-8835.

The AnneArundel County Sun will launch Volunteer Week with a new feature on Sundays. "Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Volunteer Spotlight" will highlight county residents who donate their time and talents to others inthe community. Nomination forms are available by calling Community News Coordinator Jill L. Zarend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 761-1732. Orwrite to Anne Arundel County Sun, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, 8028 Ritchie Highway, Suite 206, Pasadena, Md. 21122. Fax forms to 332-6677.

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