VOLUNTEER news A Newsletter for the Shepherd Auxiliary & Volunteers July 2010 National Distributing Co. hosts patient and family summer cookout O n Thursday, June 10, National Distributing Company generously provided a fun-filled summer cook-out for patients and their family members in Shepherd Center’s Secret Garden. In an energized effort to develop a corporate culture of giving back to the community, NDC has encouraged their employees to volunteer and make a difference in the lives of Shepherd’s patients through events such as this cookout. Shepherd Center is honored to have partnered with NDC as their “charity of choice!” NDC employees grilled and served food while socializing with the patients and family members. A host of colorful balloons matching the company’s cheerful posters dotted the air outside the Shepherd building, and the guests celebrated the arrival of summer by indulging in grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers, cole slaw, baked beans and potato chips, among other delicious items. Patient Erika Heatherly and her mother Bonnie attended the event together. Bonnie said, “The cookout was great! To be outside was relaxing and to eat freshly grilled food instead of take out was so refreshing. The NDC employees were very helpful. They carried our food to the table and later checked back to see if we needed anything else.” Other patients and family members were thankful for the care and effort that went into the successful event! Cook-outs are just one of the many great ways for corporations to involve their employees in meaningful and fun volunteerism at Shepherd Center. We also welcome new ideas for ways that corporations can touch the lives of the Center’s patients and their families. Shepherd Center looks forward to partnering with NDC again in the future! ABOVE: Employees from National Distributing Company kindly hosted a summer cookout for Shepherd Center patients and families. BELOW: NDC employees have fun grilling burgers and hotdogs. Cheer on our Shepherd Spinners and all the other athletes in the Wheelchair Division of the Peachtree Road Race on July 4. Sponsored by Shepherd Center, the Wheelchair Division is one of the largest and fastest wheelchair 10ks in the world! The race follows the course set for the Peachtree Road Race foot racers. Take your place on the sidelines early as the Wheelchair Division race begins at 6:45 a.m. Thank you in advance to all race volunteers! from the I AUXILIARY PRESIDENT hope everyone is staying cool during this hot Atlanta summer! July 4th brings an exciting event to Shepherd Center, the Wheelchair Division of the Peachtree Road Race. If you are in town, please be sure to cheer for the gifted athletes who travel from around the world to compete in this annual event. It is both amazing and inspiring to watch. Shepherd Center enables patients to achieve so much independence that it is perfect to celebrate these athletes on Independence Day! The Sunshine Committee recently met to adorn flag fans for patients to wave as the race passes Shepherd Center. The Sunshine Committee has also been busy making birthday posters for patient rooms and planning some new activities for the fall. We will have additional volunteer opportunities for you soon! Pecans on Peachtree planning is also in progress. We are very excited about our new web page (currently under construction), new products and new volunteer roles. We will keep you updated on how you can get involved. As the summer months’ outdoor activities bring an increase in spinal cord and brain injuries across America, please consider donating the life-saving gift of blood at Shepherd Center’s American Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, July 27. Please contact Gale Eckstein at gale_ [email protected] or 404-367-1351 to sign up to donate or volunteer at this meaningful event. The Membership Committee continues to receive and process renewals. If you have not renewed your valuable membership, I urge you to do so and to find a friend to join with you. Please contact Midge Tracy in Volunteer Services if you need a renewal form. Thank you for your continued support. Marla Bennett [email protected] A Warm Welcome To New Auxiliary & Peach Corps Members Necia Kelleher, Auxiliary Valerie and Avery Munnings & Family, PeachCorps ABOVE: Jessica Rogers sends faxes and organizes documents for Shepherd Center’s Health Information Managment department. Skills create new opportunities J essica Rogers, a recent graduate of Sanford Brown College in Atlanta, knew that finding a job under the current economic conditions would take time and patience. During this transition from school to work, Jessica has generously offered her skills in medical billing and coding to Shepherd Center’s Health Information Management (HIM) department. Jessica volunteers Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for four hours each day providing important clerical assistance to the manager and other HIM employees. In the process, Jessica also learns more about her career of interest from experts in the field. She said of her volunteer position, “It is a rare opportunity to be able to work directly with medical billing and coding employees as a volunteer, and I feel fortunate to be able to assist them and benefit from their knowledge and guidance.” Volunteers whom are recent graduates or are searching for new positions of paid employment may wish to utilize their unique abilities through service to Shepherd Center. Other possible areas of opportunity for volunteers include facilities maintenance, sewing for spinal cord injury patients, family support publication research, assistance to dietary services, marketing data entry and even instruction of gentle exercise classes for our SHARE military clients. Volunteer Services is happy to discuss the creation of new opportunities that best suit a volunteer’s interests and educational background. A three month minimum commitment is required of all volunteers. If you have an idea of how you can be of service to the Center, please contact Ivy Oxendine at [email protected] or 404-350-7316. National Public Radio’s StoryCorps Interviews Volunteer, Bisi Alabi I t was an icy winter evening in 2003 when Bisi Alabi one another’s lives through listening (www.npr.org). and his wife Deborah were involved in a horrific car Deborah interviewed Bisi on May 28 at the Side by accident just outside of ChatSide Clubhouse, a compretanooga, Tennessee. Their hensive day treatment provehicle slipped on a patch of gram for survivors of brain ice and plummeted down a injury in Stone Mountain steep ravine. Deborah woke where Bisi spends a few up to find Bisi slumped over days each week. The two in the driver’s seat. As a discussed how the acciregistered nurse, Deborah dent has changed their lives checked Bisi’s pulse and and the lives of their fambegan CPR, thus saving his ily members in unexpected life. After several weeks of ways. Bisi also spoke of critical care in a Tennessee how volunteering at Shephospital, Bisi was transherd Center has made his ABOVE: Bisi Alabi and his wife Deborah attended the 2010 fered to Shepherd Center’s life more meaningful. Independent Volunteer Appreciation Dinner together. Acquired Brain Injury unit Bisi began volunteering at for rehabilitation. Bisi was unable to return to work as Shepherd Center in April of 2006. He has since doa pharmacist after his injury, so instead he has chosen nated over 2,000 hours of his time and energy to assist to use his cheerful spirit and talents in volunteering. our Materials Management department with filing and The story of Bisi’s accident and his road to recovery organizational tasks. As a brain injury survivor, Bisi is has been selected for recording by National Public Raa testimony to the power of a positive attitude and hard dio’s StoryCorps. StoryCorps is an independent nonwork. We are proud to have Bisi as one of our many profit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate beloved Shepherd Center volunteers! Bank of America July 4th Cards Blood Drive Tuesday, July 27 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 6th floor classrooms Marcus-Woodruff Building ABOVE: (L-R) Susan Hoffman, Karla Schultz, Virginia Dilkes and Sahil Uirotra of Bank of America donated handmade cards. O ver 30 employees of Bank of America’s department of Banking Center Computer Systems made beautiful and unique handmade cards for patients to brighten their July 4th holiday. The cards, which feature nature and wildlife photography by Karla Schultz, Vice President of BofA’s Network Computing Group, will be given to patients on their meal trays. We thank BofA employees for their generosity on this holiday. Visit www.givelife.org and use code “shepcnt” to make an appointment to give your donation. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Gale Eckstein at 404-367-1351 or [email protected] spotlight ABOVE: Melissa Payne learns all about Physical Therapy by assisting the Locomotor staff during a patient session. BELOW: Katie Buice, Junior Committee member & independent volunteer, assists a patient with their lunch. ABOVE: Pat Reeve gives patient I.B. Jang a well-deserved free hair cut. BELOW: Pam Glustrom and Barry Phillps relax after training new volunteers! ABOVE: Mark Pace provides a relaxing massage to a patient’s family member. VOLUNTEER news Scott Sikes, Executive Director, Shepherd Center Foundation Midge Tracy, Director, Volunteer Services Ivy Oxendine, Volunteer Manager & Newsletter Co-editor Gale Eckstein Volunteer Services Assistant & Newsletter Co-editor Membership in the Shepherd Center Auxiliary, Peach Corps, SCS, and Junior Committee is open to all volunteers. Members provide ongoing fundraising and volunteer support to Shepherd Center. For more information on becoming a member of one of these groups, contact Midge Tracy at (404) 350-7315 or visit www. shepherd.org. Shepherd Center’s mission is to help people with a temporary or permanent disability caused by injury or disease rebuild their lives with hope, independence, and dignity, advocating for their full inclusion in all aspects of community life while promoting safety and injury prevention.
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