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Posted May 1, 2014
All Children's Hospital Volunteers are Superheroes
 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon
ACH Volunteer Coordinator, Ranetta Sumner (center) thanks volunteers Gwen Tuthill (left) and Mary Brown(right) for their service to the hospital during the annual volunteer recognition luncheon 
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Several hundred "superheroes" gathered for lunch at All Children's Education and Conference Center on Tuesday, April 29. But these were not your typical cape-wearing, steel-bending types.  They were our ACH volunteers and the special powers they possess are impressive indeed - they have the ability to help make children feel better when they are sick in the hospital.

So, it was fitting that the theme of this annual recognition luncheon was: "Volunteers Are Everyday Heroes."

"The time and love our volunteers give to All Children's makes it possible for us to do all we do, all for kids," said Jenine Rabin, Executive Vice President of the ACH Foundation." You are invaluable and your time and effort to help the hospital is so very appreciated."

This year, our volunteers were recognized for using their array of powers to assist in areas that included: child life, guest services, surgical services, gift shop, rehab services, emergency center, child learning center, the neonatal intensive care center, hematology and oncology center and the cardiac Intensive care center. Last year, these 500-plus volunteers donated more than 30,000 hours of service to help our patients, families and staff.

"Your numerous acts of kindness have a powerful impact," said Connie Guinn, ACH Director of Annual Giving and Volunteer Resources. "You play an important role in delivering the best care to kids."

One hospital department that sees significant support from volunteers is Child Life. Kristin Maier, ACH Director of Child Life, Music Therapy and Patient Academic Services, took time to express her gratitude to volunteers gathered in the room.

"Thank you to each and every one of you for your time, your commitment, your joy, your warmth, your humor," she said. "From all of the staff and families we serve to that tiny little whisper of a patient, thank you.  I am humbled by your generosity of spirit, and your compassion for your fellow human beings. It is all of you, doing what you do, who take my breath away. Thank you for making a difference at All Children's."

A highlight of the program was the announcement of a new volunteer of the year award that will be presented annually to a volunteer who goes above and beyond the call of duty. The award will be named in memory of Jeanette DeYoung. Jeanette served the hospital for more than 45 years until she passed away earlier this year.

It was only appropriate that the first award be presented in Jeanette's memory to her family. In giving the award to Jeanette's daughter, Patty Ware, Roy Adams, ACH Public Information Office and former longtime volunteer director said, "Jeanette was one of those rare volunteers who would never say no. She volunteered in almost every service area of the hospital and was also instrumental in raising funds and awareness for the hospital. She accepted every volunteer assignment with a smile. She is the perfect role model for this new award. Because of Jeanette, the bar will be set high for future recipients."