Karen Perts

(2-19-19) Karen Perts, Mercer Health’s Director of Volunteer Services, reviewed the program at the February 13 meeting of the Celina Kiwanis.

The two goals of the program are to support hospital staff through volunteer hours and fundraising. In the past year volunteers worked approximately 18,000 hours. The number of volunteers has risen from 150 to 220 in that time. Volunteers perform a variety of tasks such as working in the gift shop, escorting patients, repairing linens and gowns, and completing basic clerical work.

The Volunteer Association will have eight fundraisers this year including a chicken dinner, a used book sale, and flower sales. Besides giving back to the community, Perts said there were other benefits for volunteers: free flu shots, a free meal up to $6 in value, and a 20% discount at the gift shop. For more information about the Volunteer Association, call (419) 678-5132.

Richard Carlin won the club’s Super Bowl 50/50 drawing. The lucky winner’s name was drawn by Ella LaFramboise, the great niece of a club member.

The club has had successful fundraising so far this year and will be giving a $1,000 scholarship as well as five $500 scholarships. Two will be awarded in honor of  members. The club has recently made donations to the local 4H program, the CHS Student Council and the CMS Washington trip.

The club also makes quarterly donations to the C.A.L.L. backpack program. To find out more about the Kiwanis Club of Celina, like them on Facebook or find them at celinakiwanis.wix.com/kiwanis-club-celina.