Two Vidant volunteers earn state award
Published 7:44 pm Saturday, April 19, 2014
Two Vidant Beaufort Hospital volunteers were recipients of the North Carolina Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. Bill Griewe and Landon Leggett were given the state’s top volunteer honor at the hospital’s annual volunteer banquet.
Since becoming a volunteer in 2000, Greiwe has done a variety of tasks at Vidant Beaufort Hospital. In 2003, he transferred from the volunteer workroom to the outpatient surgery team.
“Bill has always come in at least two days per week and comes in more often, whenever he is needed,” said Jan Hamblin, manager of volunteer services.
According to Hamblin, Greiwe is cheerful and makes certain everyone has what they need. Hamblin also calls him professional, attentive and gracious with patients and their family and friends.
Leggett, meanwhile, received her honor in the youth-service category. She has volunteered at Vidant Beaufort Hospital in the junior volunteer program since 2010.
The teen program runs for nine-weeks during summer break and requires a 34-hour commitment each summer. Leggett has exceeded that, as she has volunteered during school breaks, and has given the hospital 531 hours, which is 395 more than her requirement.
“Landon is an awesome volunteer and works easily with our adult volunteers as she does with the high-school students,” Hamblin said. “She treats everyone equally, with respect and consideration. Landon is energetic, enthusiastic, hard working, and willing to do any task asked of her. She has taken an active role in the training of inexperienced junior volunteers and is a positive and encouraging mentor and role model.”
The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award honors volunteerism by recognizing individuals, groups and business that make a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service.
“Our volunteers are fantastic! You will find them throughout our hospital assisting patients, visitors and staff in so many ways,” Hamblin said. “In 2013, they contributed 14,030 hours, the equivalent of 7.5 full-time employees. Using the 2009 Independent Sector estimate of the value of a volunteer hour in North Carolina, the monetary value of these hours equals $267,833.”
The tradition of volunteerism and community service was first recognized by the Office of the Governor in 1979.