The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 23, 2001 · Page 29
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 29

Salina, Kansas
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Monday, April 23, 2001
Page 29
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Z MONPAY.APRIL 23, 2000 THE SAT-INA"JODRNAL Volunteers Make a Difference By Ruth Ascher, Executive Director of the Salina Area United Way Celebrate National Volunteer Week, April 22-28, by renewing your commitment to be an active volunteer in our community. Today's volunteers are tackling tough problems, raising difficult questions and overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles. They answer old and new questions in innovative ways. Volunteers are mentors, educators and service providers. They raise funds and encourage the sharing of skills. They are advocates, experts and agents of change. They are working in coalition with diverse groups to build solutions and transform despair into hope. They know that by empowering themselves and others, the needs of communities can be addressed and the difficult work of fulfilling them can be undertaken. Volunteers take the time to educate themselves about issues and raise the level of awareness of entire communities. Volunteers take individual responsibility for creating change in a complex and challenging world. The need for committed and effective volunteers is equaled by the joy and rewards received from volunteering. Regardless of your circumstances, find a way to be of service, to give of yourself. The values that allow us to overcome human frailty, physical and mental, and to be fully human are developed by participating in volunteer programs. Get involved. One person can make a difference. The Volunteers of Rolling Hills Refuge So much can be said about the people who donate their precious time at the Refuge it is difficult to fit it into only a few paragraphs, but here it goes. I asked the very people who work with them how Volunteers make the Refuge run smoothly. Manual Martel, a keeper,, said of Dr. Gordon Maxwell, a keeper assistant, "It is a special day when he comes. He is my partner and helps make my day lighter and more enjoyable." Kathy Tolbert, assistant Director, said of Marilyn O' Conner, Kathryn Young and Roberta Stover, "They have given organization to our books." Meaning they have set up the Refuge's growing library by cataloging the books and setting up a computer program. To the many volunteers such as Cynthia Hoffman who writes the Volunteer newsletter, Jan Cambridge- Lewis, Gail Roehman, and others who teach the onsite "Down on the Farm" kids programs. Jo Reed who chops food for animal diet. Neva Heikes, Kathleen Farrar, and Susan Reiff who've assisted in the education of others, Stacie Briton-Myers who does research, the many volunteers in the Chimpan- zoo program who love our Apes, Special Events, Greeters, Bio-cart, and Docents who are the ones who have the most contact with our visitors and make their visit memorable. I could go on and on. We applaud all of them for what they have done for us and what they will do as our program grows. New opportunities are developing all the time; contact Brenda Gunder at 785-827-9488 for information on how you too can volunteer. The Governing Board, Staff, and Patients of Salina Cares Healtf) Clinic wish to thank ail community volunteers who help to carry out the mission of the clinic. Clinic funded in part by the Community Health Investment Program of the Salina Regional Health Foundation and the Salina Regional Health Center. At Salina Regional Health Center last year, our volunteers gave 37,803 hours of service. Whether it's delivering flowers and mail, giving smiles and reassurance or just being there for our patients and family members, we can always count on our volunteers. Salina Regional thanks you for all you do. Our world is brightened by volunteers like you. Please join us in saluting our volunteers. Salina Regional Health Center iTS!ir5r,i .;s's -irarr :?emm :.:ri .i .is/^

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