December Volunteer of the Month

Every time a volunteer donates hours at the clinic, he/she is encouraged to place his/her name on a paper and put it into the “Star Jar” located near the volunteer log in book. At the first staff meeting of each month, a member of the staff draws a name from the jar, determining the VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH. (Once a name has been chosen, the jar is emptied, and a new month of possible winners begins.) This person’s name is featured on the white board near the back door, and the recipient is honored with a token of thanks that could be any of a variety of items from whimsical to practical to beautiful. One honoree received her gifts in a beach pail along with beach toys, flip flops and a gift card to her favorite, Starbucks. Another, because she had recently suffered an accident, was given gifts that would occupy her down time – an adult coloring book, a jigsaw puzzle, a book and a gift certificate to a local jewelers. The gifts are a small, but special way for the staff to say “thank you for your time. “

Recent beneficiaries have been Deb Krukowski (front check-in desk); Marge DeSantis (med window); Karen Gower (front check-in desk and now also in referral); Jane Schmidt (med window) and Sharon Thompson, better known as “Sharon T,” (a nurse who also has learned the technique of scanning records into the Electronic Health Record system).

The month of December honors Beth Gosnell, at the front check in window. Beth is a recent addition to the volunteer staff, but quickly learned the myriad “rules” of the front desk. Beth also helped out at the MERCI Clinic booth at the recent Health Fair for the Choice Neighborhood Initiative. Beth is a Master’s student in Art Therapy, hails from the Pittsburgh area, but has lived in many areas of the U.S., including Texas, so of course her favorite teams are from Pittsburgh (Steelers, Penguins) and Texas (Astros, Spurs). She lives with and cares for her father, loves to read, loves animals, especially Alaskan Malamutes and horses. Welcome and congratulations to Beth!