Hospice thanks volunteers at dinner

JAMESTOWN – Hospice Chautauqua County recently held its annual volunteer appreciation dinner at Moonbrook Country Club to recognize outstanding hospice volunteer efforts.

Hospice Chautauqua County has 60 hospice volunteers who provide comfort for patients and their families. Volunteers also work with Hospice in the office and on special events. All of the volunteers offer a unique gift that they share with our Hospice community. They are very special, caring individuals who add to our team.

Gale Lauger was recognized for her dedication and received the Volunteer of the Year Award. Hospice staff members say Lauger is deserving of the award because of her deep connection and care for the work and hours she puts in every week.

“She connects so great with our staff,” Volunteer Coordinator Mary Jo Bradish said. “Gale goes above and beyond and is always willing to do whatever is asked of her. We appreciate all of the time she gives to Hospice and are honored to have her.”

“I’ve been so surprised,” Lauger explained. “You know, it’s great. I never thought I’d receive anything.I just wanted to do something with my time that was rewarding to me.”

The dinner also celebrated the hard work of all Hospice Chautauqua County volunteers.