Thomas, WV – The Friends of Cortland volunteers gathered at Cortland Acres on Thursday, April 19 as part of National Healthcare Volunteer Week. The annual banquet offers Cortland Acres a chance to recognize faithful volunteers and show appreciation for their tireless efforts on behalf of the residents.
This years’ theme, “Volunteers Are the Heart of our Team”, provided the setting to acknowledge the many individuals who go above and beyond in sharing their time to help improve the lives of others. Activity director, Marie Grafton and her team of activity assistants, Lorrie Cross, Logan Evans, Cindy Helmick, Linda Shupp and Mary Swisher work daily to foster a culture of service that’s fun and rewarding for everyone.
“Everyone working in Activities likes to recognize and celebrate our volunteers each year,” explains Grafton. “Without them, we would not be able to provide many of the wonderful activities the residents enjoy!”
The banquet included a memorial candle lighting to honor those who have been lost during the past year, inspirational music and readings and even an original poem entitled, “Volunteers” by Resident Council president, Champ Sedmock.
The highlight of the evening was recognizing individuals for their exceptional dedication and service. The 2018 Rookie of the Year went to Zona Simmons. Patty Stuckey received the 2018 Outstanding Volunteer award and the Parsons Nazarene Church Ladies were honored as the 2018 Outstanding Group. Reverend Bryan Headley received the 2018 Ministry award.
“Volunteering isn’t about a special day or awards, it’s about individual contributions of time and energy that have an irreplaceable positive impact,” explains Cortland administrator Beth Clevenger. “For Cortland Acres, our team of volunteers helps make this a special place for residents, their families and our entire staff.”
Cortland Acres is a non-profit corporation offering state-of-the-art nursing care and skilled rehabilitation on a spacious 35-acre campus is the heart of scenic Tucker County, West Virginia. The Cortland campus includes a 94-bed long-term care facility, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and therapy options, as well as a variety of independent living opportunities. For more information call 304-463-4181or visit www.cortlandacres.org.