2017 Volunteer Appreciation Awards - St. Augustine Health Ministries

St. Augustine Health Ministries recognizes over 80 volunteers for their commitment and service. 

Cleveland OH: On Sunday April 30, 2017, St. Augustine Health Ministries held its annual volunteer recognition ceremony. Originally, the recognition ceremony was conducted with a special Mass for the volunteers followed by a luncheon and awards. supported and provided service to the organization. The awards presented included Years of Service, Hours of service, Outstanding Service, New Volunteer for 2016, and Volunteer of the Year.

The Volunteer of the Year Award is presented annually since the volunteer program began in 1970. This award is given to those who demonstrate devotion, compassion, and concern for others. The recipient, Jean Campana (Cleveland), has volunteered with St. Augustine for nearly 13 years. She has participated in various events including Family Festival, Camp Ch
eerful, Oktoberfest, and Saturday Night Dinners. Jean also spends her holidays with the residents, including Christmas. Her assignments vary from Recreation Assistant, Cafeteria Assistant, Salon Assistant, and Rehab Transport
er. Her dedication and service has provided a role model and bar for other volunteers to strive to.

The New Volunteer Award for 2016 is given to the volunteer who upheld the mission of St. Augustine Health Ministries and had went beyond expectations within their first year of service. Barbara Heard (East Cleveland), a devoted mother to her daughter, a resident at St. Augustine, and spends most of her time transporting her from various activities throughout the building. Outside of her time with her daughter, but that didn’t stop her from wanting to make a difference and wanting to give back. Barbara assists residents with their trays in the cafeteria, clearing tables, and transporting residents to and from the elevators. Barbara`s gratitude and compassion for St. Augustine was and continues to be shown throughout the campus daily.

The Outstanding Service awards are given to those who provided exceptional service and truly risen above the occasion. Michael Harvan (Strongsville), Maria Lamar (Cleveland), Walter Sutowski (Cleveland), Della Gray (Parma Hts.), and Gail Merda (Towers) were the recipients of this award. All five of these recipients were recognized for acknowledging the importance of resident involvement, being fully present, and aware of the needs of others.

Five Years of Service: 

  • Maria Yankovic
  • Rob Pangrace

Ten Years of Service: 

  • Joseph Stavole
  • Aldo Camerin – who also has given over 500 hours of service in 2016

Fifteen Years of Service: 

  • Lynette Maistros

Twenty Years of Service: 

  • Patricia Piatak
  • Peggy Kluter
  • Della Gray

Twenty-Five Years of Service: 

  • Mary Ann Basista
  • Joan Daly

500-599 Hours in 2015

  • Lindsey Tehorik
  • Lydia Wright
  • Aldo Camerin
  • Mary Ann Basista

1,000-2,499 Hours in 2015

  • Bob Clark

Group Recognition: 

  • Angels on the Avenue
  • Greater Cleveland Volunteers
  • Single Volunteers of Northeast Ohio
  • St. Albert the Great Parish in North Royalton
  • HandsOnNEO
  • St. Joseph Parish in Strongsville
  • Baldwin-Wallace University 
  • KeyBank
  • St. Helen Parish in Newbury 
  • St. John Neumann Parish in Strongsville 

 Outstanding Service Awards: Gail Merda, Michael Harvan, Maria Lamar, Walter Sutowski, Della Gray

 About St. Augustine: For nearly 50 years, St. Augustine Health Ministries has provided services and programs to thousands of Clevelanders- the chronically ill, aging, disabled and those in need of hospice care. As a not-for-profit, faith-based organization, we rely on the support of our community friends and partners to help continue to bring these services to those in need.