In advance of National Volunteer Week – upcoming on April 10-16, 2011 – Mount Nittany Medical Center is finalizing plans for its annual Volunteer Services Recognition Dinner to be held on Thursday, April 7 in the Galen & Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium.
“Volunteers Build a Better World” is the theme of this year’s recognition dinner, a celebration of the amazing volunteer spirit that Mount Nittany employees and others exhibit year in and year out in support of patients, families and staff. Mount Nittany volunteers comprise the largest volunteer group in Centre County, and the dinner will recognize dozens of volunteers for their efforts, as well as a Volunteer of the Year – nominations for which are submitted at the departmental level throughout the Medical Center.
Vickie Morgan, Director of Volunteer Services at Mount Nittany, said the annual dinner is “an important way for us to formally recognize our volunteers, and thank and acknowledge them for the amazing amount of time and effort each of them give throughout the year.” Dozens of service awards will be presented following the dinner, recognizing volunteers for increasingly generous levels of service – with special pins presented beginning at 100 hours of service, and sometimes extending into the thousands of hours of service. All active volunteers will be recognized, however, regardless of hours of service. Finally, the Volunteer of the Year award will then be presented to this year’s winner.
Additionally, Junior Volunteer Scholarships will be awarded to high school students who have volunteered at Mount Nittany and exhibited a desire to serve as doctors, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, physical therapists and other medical professionals.
“While the Recognition Dinner is our big annual event,” Morgan said, we also try hard to recognize our volunteers on an ongoing basis in thoughtful ways throughout the year – for instance with birthday cards, special messages of thanks on their computers, and so on. Every single act of volunteerism is important, and we would not be able to accomplish the wonderful things we do here without the generous spirit of each and every person who contributes time and effort to making Mount Nittany the best it can be.”