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Great Lakes Caring Hospice Announces 2018 Volunteers of the Year

(April 27, 2018) Great Lakes Caring Hospice recently recognized 21 volunteers as 2018 Volunteer of the Year:

Barbara Buffa, Clinton Township, Michigan
Kathi Margo, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Hong Ho, Big Rapids, Michigan
Claudia Clark, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Penny Cripe, Warsaw/South Bend/Kokomo, Indiana
Carl Reagan, Lafayette, Indiana
Kelsey Ross, Adrian, Michigan
Noah Fiala, Toledo, Ohio
Rebecca Butzin, Jackson, Michigan
Sue Jarosz, Bingham Farms, Michigan
Laura Greenleaf, Bingham Farms, Michigan
Dorothy Ritter, East Lansing, Michigan
Albert Tamayo, East Lansing, Michigan
Hayden Newby, Leawood, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri
Bruce Williams, Leawood, Kansas
Steve Green, Kansas City, Missouri
Lynne Lonnquist, Lawrence, Kansas
Cherry Seals, Topeka, Kansas
Anna Depinto and her dog River, Mentor, Ohio
Jennifer Canfield, Akron, Ohio
Ralph Spaeth, Plainfield, Indiana

“Great Lakes Caring Hospice volunteers are compassionate individuals who dedicate their time to enhance the lives of others,” shared Becky Matthews, Vice President of Hospice at Great Lakes Caring. “Our 2018 Volunteer of the Year awards recognize an outstanding volunteer in each Great Lakes Caring Hospice branch during National Volunteer Week. It is one of the ways we say ‘thank you’ for all of the valuable work our volunteers do to assist hospice patients and their families.”

Every year, Great Lakes Caring Hospice recognizes a Volunteer of the Year from each of its locations across the country. Our Volunteer Coordinators, with the assistance of other volunteers and employees in their branch, recognize the chosen volunteer with a certificate presentation and other Volunteer Appreciation activities and celebrations during National Volunteer Week (April 15-21, 2017).

To learn more about volunteer opportunities with Great Lakes Caring Hospice, visit

View photos of the Volunteers of the Year and volunteer celebrations on our Facebook page.