Grand River Hospital District holds volunteer appreciation gala |

Grand River Hospital District holds volunteer appreciation gala

Kay Vasilakis
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado ” Grand River Hospital District in Rifle has been celebrating and appreciating its valuable volunteers for nine years. This Saturday, the Grand River Hospital District Volunteer Appreciation Gala will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Columbine Restaurant at the Rifle Creek Golf Course.

The hospital currently has 185 volunteers who serve in various capacities. Seventy-five of those are Meals-on-Wheels drivers who delivered more than 9,000 meals in 2008. Thirty-five young adults (14 to college age) have volunteered through the year 2008. Twenty volunteers, including three young adults, have put in more than 100 hours; five have volunteered more than 200 hours; and one ambitious volunteer has contributed 390 hours, all in 2008.

The hospital also appreciates an active and growing pet therapy segment, including eight dogs with Delta Certification and their owners/trainers, who visit patients weekly in the waiting areas and in the hospital, along with visiting dog-loving staff.

The gala will be a fairly dressed-up affair, with the theme of “Planting the seeds of kindness.” The hospital is developing a program to enlist volunteers for gardening in the hospital’s new Healing Garden, which will be going in during May and June, and which will include native plants, bushes and trees, an herb garden, and even a labyrinth. The vision for the Grand River Volunteer Service is to expand to include a “Master Gardening Set” of volunteers.

“Our volunteers do literally plant the seeds of kindness every day at GRHD,” said Kaaren Peck, manager of Volunteer Services and Meals on Wheels. “Their acts of kindness are often what makes Grand River Hospital District a better place and a vital and growing arm of the health of our community.”

During the gala event, the Churchill family from Rifle will be dancing an original piece to Kyle Matthew’s “It Was Just a Little Thing.” The hospital will be giving awards to the volunteers of the year in both adult and young adult categories. The adult winner will receive a cut-glass vase with Grand River Volunteer Services Volunteer of the year inscribed on it, and the young adult winner will receive a walnut plaque.

The hospital is always looking for new volunteers to bring time and talent to Grand River Hospital District. For more information about Grand River Hospital District’s volunteer programs, contact Kaaren Peck at 625-6423.

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