Macon Volunteer Clinic Celebrates National Volunteer Appreciation Week

Staff Report From Middle Georgia CEO

Friday, April 24th, 2020

The Macon Volunteer Clinic provides free primary medical and dental care, as well as non-narcotic prescription medication assistance, to uninsured, working adults who live in Macon-Bibb County and whose income is at or less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.  Services include primary medical care; dental cleanings, extractions and restorative care; dermatological care; eye exams and prescription eyeglasses; non-narcotic prescription medication assistance; cancer screenings such as mammograms, PAP smears, and colonoscopies; laboratory analyses; x-rays; diagnostic services; dietary and nutrition counseling; mental health counseling; health education; outpatient surgery, and more.

In 2019, the MVC volunteer team logged an impressive 6,017 hours resulting in an estimated service value of more than $1.5 million.

Each year, Macon Volunteer Clinic recognizes our “Top Performers” during National Volunteer Awareness Week, slated for April 19-25, 2020.  This year, we recognized 15 volunteer team members who served between 100-500 hours. With servant hearts and through selfless giving and invaluable support towards the clinic mission, Macon Volunteer Clinic continues to provide quality health care at no cost to the medically underserved patient population of Macon-Bibb County.

The President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and is administered by Points of Light. Through a shared mission of inspiring more to answer the call to service, the President's Volunteer Service Award program celebrates the impact volunteers make in bettering our communities and our world. Presidential recognition sets high performing volunteers apart from their peers. It is a tremendous honor and even though recognition may not be sought, the example of service delivers a powerful message that encourages others to take action. Volunteer hours are measured over a 12-month period and awards are designated based on cumulative hours. The awards are offered in multiple levels and are designed to recognize each milestone of service achievement. Levels include bronze, silver, gold and the highest honor, the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for those who contribute more than 4,000 hours of service in their lifetime. Along with the ultimate honor of presidential recognition, recipients will receive a personalized certificate, an official pin, medallion or coin and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States.

MVC’s 2019 PVSA recipients are:

Judy Schultz, RN – 323.33 hrs.

Carl Lane, MD – 313.50

Donna Rohn, RN – 223.33

Amber Olsen, Student – 150.08

Windy Blanks, Screener – 148.75

Danielle Tehrani, RN – 146.50

Marshall Moorman, Admin – 139.08

Catherine Wooddy, Admin – 126.25

Sydney Andrzejak, Student – 125.83

Carolyn Hargrove, RN – 123.67

Louise Hazelhurst, Lab Tech – 122.50

Carol Galonczyk, Admin – 121.00

Hana Hollis, Student – 114.50

Tom Woodbery, Admin – 109.42

Troy Kendrick, Student – 106.17

“The importance of volunteers to our mission is reflected in our very name – Macon Volunteer Clinic.  Physicians, dentists, nurses, phlebotomists, and administrative professionals all volunteer their precious discretionary time to help serve our patients with primary care,” stated Executive Director, Nancy White.  Like others across our country, COVID-19 has changed how we serve.  For their safety, our volunteers are not working on site.  Clinical consults are rendered virtually.  And volunteers remain connected with us and our patients in different ways.  Some are sewing and delivering cloth masks to share with our patients.  Mercer medical school students are helping us call our active patients to assess their health needs, as well as other important factors like food supply, employment and transportation.”

White continues, ”As we navigate these challenging times, we know the need for Macon Volunteer Clinic will be in great demand on the ‘other side’ of this pandemic, as people rebuild their economic lives.  We have no doubt our volunteers will stand ready to face the future with us when the ‘return to normal’ arrives.

Thank you to each and every one of our volunteers that spent countless hours at the clinic serving our Macon-Bibb neighbors in need.