OSWEGO – St. Luke Family of Caring volunteers of all ages and from all four affiliate organizations gathered recently for a celebration in their honor at the Elks Lodge in Oswego.
The theme of this year’s luncheon event, “A Day at the Beach,” saw the room transformed into a tropical paradise, all to celebrate the many contributions volunteers make on behalf of residents at St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons, St. Francis Commons and Michaud Health Services, throughout the year.
“We are appreciative of all the time our nearly two hundred volunteers share with our residents and the many talents each brings,” said St. Luke Volunteer Coordinator Nicole Greenier. “Our annual volunteer recognition luncheon is just a small way for our organization thanks them for their tremendous dedication and all the contributions our volunteers make on behalf of the people we serve, at all of our affiliate locations.”
“We have a tremendous base volunteers, including many groups from the community who share their unique gifts helping to enhance the quality of life that our residents experience,” said St. Francis Commons Activities Director Peggy LiVoti. “Our volunteers are always ready to lend a hand, helping to make all the activities and outings we provide throughout the year possible.”
Debbie Hursh, Michaud’s Director of Activities noted that last year, St. Luke Family of Caring volunteers ranged in age from 14 to 99 and remarkably, contributed more than 4,000 hours of their time participating in hundreds of programs, activities and outings with residents.
“Volunteers can give of their time as often as they like,” explained Hursh. “Our programs are flexible enough to accommodate a variety of schedules, and many people who inquire are surprised at the number of varied opportunities we have available that allows someone to volunteer as their schedule permits, and help make a difference in the lives of our residents in Oswego or in Fulton.”
Anyone seeking information about volunteer opportunities at any of the four St. Luke Family of Caring affiliates; St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons, St. Francis Commons or Michaud Residential Health Services can visit their website at www.stlukehs.com for more information and a downloadable application.