Volunteer Luncheon Returns After Three Year Hiatus

April 28, 2023

WASHINGTON, Mo. - Volunteers at Mercy Hospital Washington were honored with a special luncheon, the first since 2019. Many honorees volunteered during COVID, once it was safe to return, and service pins were presented for those who reached milestones of 100, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 3,000, 4,000 and 18,000 hours.

Mercy doctor's coat Betty Curran was honored for her 41 years and 18,890 volunteer hours.

Lunch was served by the Mercy Washington management team who stepped away from work to thank those who give their time to make the hospital run smoothly. Leaders helped with decorating, set-up, table service and clean up.

Volunteer Joanne Bonney said, “This is amazing to have so many of the managers here waiting on us. My water glass was never empty!”

Betty Curran, a volunteer for 41 years, reached a total of 18,890 hours this year and received her 18,000-hour award. Because our volunteers are carrying out Catherine McAuley’s vision that started in Dublin, Ireland, award recipients received a small teapot with an orchid representing McAuley’s personal charm, compassion, kindness, joy and hospitality.