Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppes recently recognized its volunteers for their time and dedication.
Two volunteers received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, an award that is given to individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action, too.
The awards were given to Renee Wingeier, a volunteer at the thrift shop in Hudson, for her 8,833 hours of service since 2016, and Joan Foreman, a volunteer at the Lutz shop, for 4,590 hours of service since 2009, according to a news release.
“Our volunteers are such a special part of what we do at the Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppes, and because of them, we are able to raise as much funding as possible to support patients in need,” Aaron Barrish, director of Thrift Shoppes at Gulfside, said in the release.
“Renee and Joan have given so much of their time to Gulfside, and we could not be more grateful for their time and service through the years,” said Barrish.
In addition to Wingeier and Foreman, awards were given for hours of service volunteered throughout 2022.
Eight volunteers received the Gold award for more than 500 hours of service; 26 volunteers received the Silver award for 250 to 499 hours; and 26 volunteers received the Bronze award for 100 to 249 hours.
In total, the 122 Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppes volunteers gave 17,017 hours of service throughout 2022.
Gulfside also recognized five volunteers during its appreciation activities for having more than 15 years of service: Frances Hunt, 17 years; Margaret Rice, 17 years; Jeanette Tatro, 18 years; Janet Toth, 15 years; and Mary Wainwright, 15 years.
The Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppes are primarily run by volunteers, and all proceeds from the stores go to benefit hospice patients and their families through Gulfside Hospice.
For more information, call 800-561-4883, or visit Gulfside.org/thrift-shoppes.html.
Published May 24, 2023