More than 60 volunteers logged nearly 9,600 hours of service for Mercy Hospital Lebanon last year. Now the health system is saying “thank you.”
To mark National Volunteer Week, which is April 6-12, Mercy Hospital Lebanon hosted a volunteer luncheon in its main conference rooms on Wednesday, April 9.
“It was ecial token of our appreciation for all that they do,” said Shantelle Posten, Mercy Hospital Lebanon Auxiliary coordinator. The theme this year was “A Year to Celebrate.”
“We depend on them, and we really do have reason to celebrate year-round,” said Mike Gillen, Mercy Hospital Lebanon president. “These folks are truly the face of our organization.”
During Wednesday’s luncheon, guests learned about the Mercy Hospital Lebanon Auxiliary’s latest project, a $1,579 donation to the Lebanon R-III School District to set up a Therapeutic Storybook Library for children with special needs.
“It allowed us to buy more than 140 books that deal with making friends, sharing, coping with emotions, and more,” said Jodie Stewart, behavioral technician at Lebanon R-III. “We’ll be able to reach kids, from pre-k to first grade, across the community.”
Earlier this year, Stewart addressed a growing need for mental health support among underserved children and parents, and turned to Mercy Hospital Lebanon Auxiliary for help.
“These books will be used for many years to come,” added Stewart. “And it’s all thanks to Mercy’s volunteers. They go above and beyond the call of duty. They’re so dedicated and passionate about everything they do.”
Book deliveries have begun at Easter Elementary, where the library is being housed. Hundreds of at-risk children under the age of 6 are expected to benefit.