The St. Luke Family of Caring Celebrates Volunteer Superheroes at Annual Event

OSWEGO – St. Luke Family of Caring volunteers were saluted for the their superhero-like contributions they make in the lives of those served on the St. Luke healthcare campus, during a gathering held in their honor at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego. The event brought together volunteers of all ages from St. Luke, Bishop’s Commons and St. Francis Commons.

Volunteers from across St. Luke’s Family of Caring affiliate organizations gathered for a celebration held in their honor during National Volunteer Week. The theme of the celebration – “Volunteers are Superheroes” thanked the hundreds of dedicated volunteers who help add to the quality of life of those served across the St. Luke healthcare campus and in our community. Pictured taking part in the celebration is (left to right) Peggy LiVoti, Activities Director at St. Francis Commons with volunteer “superheroes” Eileen Sprague; Judy Pratt; Lois Jean Radomski; and Cheryl Cullinan, Director of Activities at Bishop’s Commons.

“Volunteers are truly our superheroes in this community, for the positive impact they have in the lives of those we serve,” said St. Luke Volunteer Coordinator Debbie Corzett. “Today’s celebration is only a small way for our organization to show our appreciation for the many hours of caring and support our many volunteers contribute throughout the year.”

Last year volunteers at the three St. Luke affiliates, who ranged in age from teenagers to those in their nineties, contributed more thanr four thousand hours of their time participating in hundreds of programs, activities and outings with residents across the healthcare campus.

Cheryl Cullinan, Activities Director at Bishop’s Commons, acknowledged the many student volunteers from local schools, including SUNY Oswego, for their tremendous level of engagement, many of whom are on the healthcare campus almost daily either volunteering as part of a group or individually.

“We are fortunate to have a great relationship with our local schools; they contribute to a great atmosphere and support an intergenerational learning environment that benefit the students and our residents alike,” she said.

During the celebration, St. Francis Commons Activities Director Peggy LiVoti noted the critical role volunteers play in the day-to-day activities at all of our residences. “Our volunteers are always ready to lend a hand, helping to make all the activities and outings we provide throughout the year possible. It is because of their help that we are able to fulfill the very important responsibility of keeping our residents connected with their community.”

Anyone seeking information about how to volunteer at St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons or St. Francis Commons can visit www.stlukehs.com, on the “Volunteer” page.