Prairie du Chien, WI – In honor of National Volunteer Week, Crossing Rivers Health hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Open House to recognize the more than 100 individuals who volunteer in a variety of roles throughout the organization each year.
“We are so very grateful to all those who volunteer to help us make Crossing Rivers Health the best it can be,” shared Shawna Atterbury, Volunteer Services Coordinator. “The work our volunteers do is so important to the people they serve, and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts.”
Volunteers were presented with certificates for their years of service and awards were presented to individuals nominated by fellow volunteers and Crossing Rivers Health staff members in the categories of Compassion, Unity, and Joy.
Deb Lees was presented with the Compassion Award as a volunteer who fosters a friendly and caring environment where patients, visitors and fellow volunteers come first.
“Deb’s concern for the residents at Crossing Rivers Health Assisted Living goes above and beyond a volunteer. She considers all the residents her family. She is continuously providing them with homemade special treats and wanting them to have food that reminds them of home. Compassion is her first name and I believe she displays this with all her heart,” her nominators shared.
The Unity Award was presented to Jane O’Brien for being a volunteer who makes a consistent effort to encourage trust and cooperation, and frequently takes a leading role in fostering a positive and productive team spirit.
“Jane is a strong leader. She always participates in projects and encourages others to do so also. She is a team player and works well with others, displaying a positive attitude and willing to change to make things better for Crossing Rivers Health,” expressed her nominators.
Ruth Skelly was presented with the Joy Award as a volunteer who serves as a role model by skillfully using joy and humor to improve the workplace.
“Ruth is a prime example of a star volunteer for spreading joy wherever she is. She always shows her bubbly, infectious personality whether at the medical facility or Assisted Living. Her positive, upbeat attitude and appropriate sense of humor brightens the day of anyone and everyone she deals with,” stated her nominators.
Volunteers presented with Years of Service Certificates include:
5 Years: Nicole Martin; Beverly Pozega; Cindy Riveland
10 Years: Arlien Balk; Kathy Igou; Mike Larsen; Jeanne Moris; Karol Nelson; Marsha Ritter; Linda Schoulte; Patricia Wellendorf
35 Years: Bonnie Falch
40 Years: Ruth Mundt; Maria Brummel
50 Years: Jeri Kluesner; Dorothy Birrenbach