April is National Volunteer Month, a time to reflect on the contributions made by volunteers across the nation and along the Mendocino Coast.
During National Volunteer Week (April 21-27), Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) scheduled two volunteer appreciation lunches, honoring a long list of volunteers who have contributed an estimated 22,000 hours, valued at some $350,000, over the past year.
“Our volunteers make a very positive contribution to patient care,” said Wayne Allen, CEO/CFO at Mendocino Coast Hospital. “We appreciate very much all they do. The volunteer lunch is one small way we can thank them for a job well done.”
A Volunteer Snapshot
MCDH’s more than 300 volunteers can’t be neatly bundled. They come in all shapes, sizes, ages and interests, but share a common bond: they want to help, and they work without financial compensation.
Says Shirley Paoli, a member of Ocean Wave Quilters, which made a blanket for every new-born the past many years: “Trying to estimate or put a value on how much we give each year is difficult because we don’t think much about keeping a tally. We make quilts because it fills a need and the task is something we love.”