Haven honors volunteers

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The staff of Haven Hospice in Chiefland came together to thank the over 100 volunteers who help to make their operation possible.


“It’s a little way to give back,” Haven Administrator Anita Howard said, “it doesn’t come close to what they give us.”

Haven hosted their annual volunteer appreciation luncheon last Friday at their community room.

Howard listed just a few of the things the volunteers do. They make quilts, sit vigil with patients and families, many work at the store and most volunteers are involved directly with the patients in some way. They even do pet therapy, they have a dog and even a rooster.

“We’re very fortunate,” Howard said. They’re also always looking for volunteers.

“We’ve got a saying in Haven that staff and volunteers make the difference and it’s the truth,” said Volunteer Coordinator Vondla Sullivan.

The organization couldn’t run without the volunteers, Sullivan said.

It’s a very giving community, Howard said. Local businesses donated enough prizes for every volunteer present at the luncheon to receive at least one.

“I’m so thrilled that y’all are here today. It’s so nice to see such a big crowd,” Courtney Quirie, director of volunteer services at the corporate level, said to the group. Howard said they had at least 70 RSVP to the luncheon.

Volunteers were honored for their hard work, for the number of hours they’d put in to the number of years they’d dedicated time from one to 30 years.

-Ashley Andresen is a staff writer for the Levy County Newspaper Group. She can be contacted at 352-493-4796 or aandresen@chieflandcitizen.com.