Every April, HOC celebrates National Volunteer Month by thanking the 700+ volunteers on our team for everything that they do. Volunteering is at the core of our mission, and our HOC volunteers help fulfill our mission in so many ways. This year, our HOC volunteers were honored at the 2022 HOC Volunteer Recognition Event, where four volunteers received the Donna West Memorial Award.
Six volunteers were honored for their service throughout the Southwest Ohio region. Read more about those who received the Donna West Memorial Award this year:
Lisa Noak, East Region
Lisa retired from her career as a librarian but wanted to continue helping people. She obtained a nurse aide certification and began a new chapter. Lisa provides companionship for patients both at home and in long-term care facilities.
Susan Schmidt, North Region
After finishing a 32-year career with Cincinnati Public Schools as a special education teacher, Susan now volunteers with patients at home and in long-term care facilities. She reads, sings, plays cards, and listens with our patients, and is also vigil trained.
Frellie R. Easterling, West Region
Frellie R. Easterling found her way to HOC and volunteering through her church. She’s visited with patients in their home as well as the West IPCC. In her role as a greeter, she enjoys speaking with families and uses hugs to physically connect with them.
Bobbie Ford, Central Region
Barbara “Bobbie” Ford has worn many hats throughout her life—wife, mother, teacher, and volunteer to name a few. Bobbie has spent most of her time volunteering in the IPCC and currently serves as a concierge or greeter for visitors.
Shari Brooks, Administrative Support
At 20 years old, before hospice was an option, Shari was the primary caregiver for her terminally ill father. This experience left an indelible mark on her and made her realize the importance of end-of-life care. Shari loves the work she does at HOC!
Laurie Winkler, Community Service
Laurie has been a Patient Family Advisory Council member for 5 years, donating her time and expertise to improving the hospice experience for future patients and their families. She regularly donates handmade items and knitted gifts for patients.