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VOLUNTEER ACCOLADES

2017 Volunteers of the Month

April

Mireya Cruz is the RMH Houston at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital Volunteer of the Month for April 2017. Mireya began volunteering at RMH Houston at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital in July 2015 and has completed over 80 hours of service. Mireya is a kind hearted individual that always has a smile for the patients and their parents. She is hard working and strives to make sure the kitchen always is an area where families feel comfortable and welcomed at all times. She greets families when they walk in and makes an effort at holding the door open for them when they leave. Mireya is an overall great volunteer!

 

Victoria Tidwell is the RMH Houston at Texas Children’s Hospital Volunteer of the Month for April 2017. Victoria began volunteering at RMH Houston at Texas Children’s Hospital in November 2014 and has completed over 154 hours of service. Victoria is a kindhearted and amazing person. She is dedicated to helping and serving families in our Family Rooms, and helps anywhere we need her if we have low volunteer coverage. She loves to bake cookies for the families and she does an awesome job in fulfilling her volunteer duties. She does a great job making sure our Family Rooms are in compliance with safety and health codes, and is a stellar fridge-cleaner! She always has a smile on her face and makes families feel comfortable. She speaks with compassion and respect to everyone who crosses her path. We are so blessed to have Victoria as a volunteer!

 

Terry Taylor is the RMH Houston at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital Volunteer of the Month for April 2017. Terry began volunteering at RMH Houston at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in August 2016 and has completed over 62 hours of service. Terry is a consistent, kind, and hardworking volunteer. Terry always arrives on time and usually stays longer than 3 hours to ensure we have everything we need. Terry is kind to our families, other volunteers, and to hospital personnel. We can always count on her to work hard and be willing to do any task put in front of her with a smile on her face. Terry always goes above and beyond and we are so grateful to have her on our team.

 

Christopher Pollard is the Holcombe House Volunteer of the Month for April 2017. Christopher began volunteering with RMH Houston in November 2013 and has completed over 215 hours of service with the families of Holcombe House. In his 3 years Christopher has not let his non-traditional mode of transportation stop or hinder his volunteer commitment. Chris graciously helps sign in the therapy dogs, and family visitors all with a smile on his face. Chris is willing to assist with any task asked of him and enthusiastically makes all of the evening announcements. Chris is a wonderful volunteer who takes pride in his commitment and always lets us know when he is not able to make his shifts. I believe that for his commitment and willingness to always help when he can, that Chris is more than deserving of the April Volunteer of the month honor.

March

Emily Schupp is the RMH Houston at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital Volunteer of the Month for March 2017. Emily began volunteering at RMH Houston at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital in June 2016 and has completed over 53 hours of service. Emily is one of our wonderful Junior League volunteers. Since her very first day, Emily comes in with a bright smile ready to serve our RMH families. Emily’s shift includes our Bingo nights where she makes sure the families enjoy themselves and that every patient wins a prize. She also facilitates Junior Leagues, “Arts and Crafts night”; where she interacts with the patients and assists them with their art activity. If there is not an activity scheduled during her shift, Emily will go to the patients rooms and deliver cookies. Before she leaves her shift Emily will always ask “Is there something else I can help with before I go? ” We are very happy to have her as one of our Junior League Volunteers.

 

Allison Wheeler is the RMH Houston at Texas Children’s Hospital Volunteer of the Month for March 2017. Allison began volunteering at RMH Houston at Texas Children’s Hospital in March 2015 and has completed over 154 hours of service. Allison is a wonderful volunteer with a kind heart and such a giving spirit! She is willing to help anywhere we need her, and is happy to pick up sub shifts (even on holidays!). She also makes time to volunteer at RMH special events, and she often donates supplies that we’re in need of. She is a fantastic part of our team, and her cheerfulness, helpfulness, and industriousness makes our families feel welcome and right at home.

 

Vanessa McCrary is the RMH Houston at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital Volunteer of the Month for March 2017. Vanessa began volunteering at RMH Houston at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in July 2016 and has completed over 62 hours of service. Vanessa is one of our faithful weekend volunteers! Vanessa consistently shows up for her shift and she is always on time and works hard for her entire shift. Vanessa is not only faithful and consistent, but she always arrives with a smile and compassion for our families. We are so grateful to have Vanessa on our team!

 

Louise Dull is the Holcombe House Volunteer of the Month for March 2017. Louise began volunteering with RMH Houston in June 2006 and has completed over 329 hours of service with the families of Holcombe House. Louise has been preparing wonderful meals faithfully for our families with HJW for almost 11 years. The hot meals are one of the most appreciated services we offer our families. Louise always comes with a smile and open heart to serve the families that call our House their home away from home. We are so grateful for Louise and her years of continued service of preparing wonderful hot meals with HJWC.

February

Kamile Prochaska is the RMH Houston at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital Volunteer of the Month for February 2017. Kamile began volunteering at RMH Houston at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital in March 2016 and has completed over 54 hours of service. Kamile is a wonderful and caring volunteer. She loves to come in to her volunteer shifts; every time she comes in she says “I am so happy to be here, it just makes my day”. She interacts wonderfully with the families and always greets them with a smile. Kamile will ask the families if they need assistance and will guide them to what they may need. Kamile will also come in for special activities if we are in need of extra help such as Flashes of Hope, 5 Star Day or a meal donation. We are very happy and lucky to have Kamile as one of our volunteers.

 

Clarissa Salazar is the RMH Houston at Texas Children’s Hospital Volunteer of the Month for February 2017. Clarissa began volunteering at RMH Houston at Texas Children’s Hospital in January 2014 and has completed over 158 hours of service. Clarissa is a kind and a good hearted person. Clarissa has been super helpful and she truly enjoys volunteering for our House. She is a great team player and works wonderfully with other volunteers. She is always greeting our families with a welcoming smile. She also communicates very well with our families and enjoys going up to our family rooms. Clarissa does not hesitate when asked for extra help around our House. She shows a lot of dedication to RMH and rarely misses a shift. We are so happy to have Clarissa as a part of our team!

 

Ashley Reinhardt is the RMH Houston at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital Volunteer of the Month for February 2017. Ashley began volunteering at RMH Houston at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in August 2016 and has completed over 45 hours of service. Ashley Reinhardt is the true definition of a stellar volunteer. We can depend on Ashley to interact positively with our families, eagerly execute her duties as a volunteer during her shifts, and without fail show up with a positive attitude and a warm smile. She faithfully volunteers each Tuesday night and she gives 100% of her personal effort 100% of the time. Her devotion to our cause, her faithful attendance and her consistent positive attitude make her a joy to be around

 

Jo Howard is the Holcombe House Volunteer of the Month for February 2017.  Jo began volunteering with RMH Houston in April 1997 and has completed over 184 hours of service with the families of Holcombe House.  Jo comes monthly to cook with Houston Juniors Woman’s Club since 2001. Our families are so grateful for the wonderful meals that HJW prepares weekly for them.  Jo has a long history of dedication to the families that call our House their home away from home.  Our team and families are very appreciative of Jo Howard’s years of hard work and dedication.

January

Mary Fischer is the RMH Houston at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital Volunteer of the Month for January 2017. Mary began volunteering at RMH Houston at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital in September 2015 and has completed over 66 hours of service. Mary has the biggest smile this side of the equator and the families comment on that famous smile all of the time! Mary has a unique way of making the patients and their families feel special, she gives each person individualized attention and makes sure that everyone has a smile after visiting the RMHH kitchen. The patients love to talk to her and make her laugh because she has “the best belly laugh” according to one very special eight year old, who asks for Mary every single time he is inpatient and thinks we are so unfair for not allowing Mary to come volunteer….daily!

 

Angelica Medina is the RMH Houston at Texas Children’s Hospital Volunteer of the Month for January 2017. Angelica began volunteering at RMH Houston at Texas Children’s Hospital in September 2013 and has completed over 157 hours of service. Angelica Medina is a wonderful volunteer, and she has a knack for calling right when we need volunteers the most and offering to come in. She is so helpful, and works hard during her shift to accomplish everything we need done. Her expertise in all family rooms and the House are so helpful to us, and her kindness and compassion she shows everyone makes the families feel right at home. We are so glad to have a stellar sub volunteer like Angelica as a part of our team!

 

Joy Etucks is the RMH Houston at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital Volunteer of the Month for January 2017. Joy began volunteering at RMH Houston at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in October 2015 and has completed over 57 hours of service. Joy is a faithful volunteer who loves to come and serve our families. She truly exudes “joy” as her name states. She loves to get a long list of tasks and accomplish them all during her 3 hours. She stays busy with behind the scene tasks, but also loves to bake cookies and interact with our families when she is able. We are so grateful to have Joy on our team!

 

Gaynell Lira is the Holcombe House Volunteer of the Month for January 2017. Gaynell began volunteering with RMH Houston in January 2015 and has completed over 160 hours of service with the families of Holcombe House. Gaynell is a dedicated Friday afternoon volunteer that has a love for helping the families that call our House their home away from home. She was the team leader every time Greystar provided a meal for our families, which is quarterly, until she retired about 2 years ago. At that time, she became a regular volunteer for our House. She still makes sure that Greystar continues their quarterly meals for our families. Gaynell has put together a team of family and friends for the past several years to come in and prepare a “full feast” on Thanksgiving. The holidays are extra difficult for our families to be away from home and dealing with their child’s medical situation. Gaynell and her caring team want to make sure that bring a little extra comfort to them on Thanksgiving Day. It is because of these reasons and many others that our team is excited to recognize Gaynell Lira as our January Volunteer of the Month.

 


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