Of AnnapolisVolunteer work: Mr. Zorn has been a...

GARY ZORN

October 30, 1994|By Kevin Harrison

GARY ZORN of Annapolis

Volunteer work: Mr. Zorn has been a volunteer with the Hospice of the Chesapeake since 1987 as a Visiting Friend, going to homes of patients being serviced by Hospice, providing emotional support and friendship for both the patient and family.

About the volunteer: Mr. Zorn grew up in Linthicum and now lives in Annapolis with his wife, Charlotte, and two daughters.

He became involved with the hospice to honor the memory of a close childhood friend who had been a Hospice of the Chesapeake volunteer.

The president of Admiral Envelope and Printing Co., a family-owned business, he is enrolled in an Anne Arundel Trade Council program, "Leadership Anne Arundel," and also is a member of the Christmas in April Board of Directors.

Allison Alexander, the community relations director for Hospice of the Chesapeake, says "Gary is not only a dedicated volunteer, but a wonderful person with a huge heart as well. He is truly an effective, dedicated and wonderful Hospice volunteer."

Volunteer's Comments: "The need for volunteerism, to give back to the community, is important. That's where my business comes from -- the community. That's where my employees come from, that's where my livelihood comes from, and I just feel to dedicate three or four hours a week is really a minuscule amount of time.

"What I get out of it, for the most part, is the tremendous reception you get from a family [of a hospice patient]. You walk in the door, you're a complete stranger, and you're treated as if you're family."

Mr. Zorn is a Visiting Friend to a 26-year-old man. "I call myself his adopted buddy. We've become very close . . . He's got such a positive outlook. It's amazing how quick and intense a relationship develops between a visitor and a patient.

"It's not without its challenges, but once you're in the door you realize what you're doing directly for the patient or the family and that's the reward -- what you get back."

About the organization: Hospice of the Chesapeake, at 8424 Veterans Highway, uses volunteers to provide care and bereavement services for terminally ill patients and their families.

For information about hospice services or volunteer opportunities, call 987-2003.

"Volunteer Spotlight" is compiled by Kevin Harrison. To recommend a deserving someone, call him at the Anne Arundel Bureau, 315-8911, any time or fax information to 315-8916 or mail them to: The Sun for Anne Arundel, 8131 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, Md. 21122.

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