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Kare Bears is so thankful for our wonderfully dedicated volunteers who so generously give of their time and talent to help their neighbors. There are more than 400 registered volunteers that are the heart and soul of Kare Bears. They drive our residents to and from medical appointments, bake for special events such as Kare Bears Presents and staff the Kare Bears house answering questions and loaning out medical equipment. Our volunteers work as coordinators from their homes connecting with residents in their units or surrounding units.
To show our appreciation for our long-time volunteers, we always recognize their service with a luncheon in the spring, awarding a 10 year pin or a rare 20 year service pin. Last year was an exception because of Covid restrictions and we were not able to honor our volunteers for 2020.
So, this year, on April 7, a special presentation was made at the Kare Bears house. Rayma Scalzo, Kare Bears founder, presented a 20 year award pin to Sandy Smith
Also at that presentation, Rayma Scalzo, presented ten-year pins to:
Jane Cook, Mark Pelletier, Cheryl Brodbeck, Linda Glazar, Tom Meek, Linda Nelson and Jed Weisman.
Other 10 year service volunteers who could not attend on April 7 will also receive pins at a later date. They are:
Bob Ewest, Kathy Carney, Donna Frole, Betty Garner and Pat Horyna.
An additional awards presentation is planned for the fall for our long-time volunteers for 2021.
Awardees for 10 years shown in the photo are:
left to right sitting:
Linda Glazar, Jane Cook, Linda Nelson and Jed Weisman
left to right standing:
Mark Pelletier, Cheryl Brodbeck, and Tom Meek.