Raritan Bay Medical Center Celebrates National Volunteer Week

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PERTH AMBOY — Raritan Bay Medical Center’s volunteers were recently honored during National Volunteer Week, April 15-21. During this week the medical center honors the people who donate their time and energy to assist staff with clerical and patient support, Pet Therapy visits, the pastoral care program and fundraising efforts.

“A volunteer’s pay is the recognition received from clientele, peers and the community,” according to Susan Pasternack, manager of volunteer services. “This week long observance enables us to raise the awareness of the vital contribution volunteers are making to our communities.” Raritan Bay Medical Center (RBMC) volunteers contributed more than 46,000 hours during 2011. According to a 2010 Independent Sector report the dollar value of volunteer time invested is valued at $25.20 per hour. RBMC has more than 450 adult, teen and auxiliary volunteers who give their time to make an economic impact of $1,334,920.

RBMC recognized its Old Bridge and Perth Amboy volunteers with themed recognition dinners “Volunteers…Our Greatest Natural Resource.” RBMC President and CEO Michael R. D’Agnes congratulated volunteers for their continued support, dedication and commitment to the medical center. He also thanked and applauded Anne Dooley, 89, a life-long resident of Perth Amboy, for her cumulative hours of 12,769 since 1993. “We are very appreciative and value their efforts and all that they do. We thank them for spreading hope and joy everywhere and every day,” said D’Agnes.

National Volunteer Week began in 1974, when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing an annual celebration of volunteering. Every president since has signed a proclamation promoting National Volunteer Week.

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