2020 National Volunteer Week

Back left: Belinda Babb, Cindy Stonebraker, Cindy Tabor, Sheila Hughes, Margaret Gilland, Nell Ritzheimer, Mark Burress, Anita Simmons, Peggy Wayne, Kathy Pharris, Mary Robinson, Pauline Schofield
Back left: Belinda Babb, Cindy Stonebraker, Cindy Tabor, Sheila Hughes, Margaret Gilland, Nell Ritzheimer, Mark Burress, Anita Simmons, Peggy Wayne, Kathy Pharris, Mary Robinson, Pauline Schofield
Volunteers are the backbone of the Pennyrile District Long Term Care Ombudsman Program.  Without our volunteers the program would be crippled.  Our volunteers bring cheer and joy to residents in some of the 30 long term care facilities in the Pennyrile. It’s Volunteer Appreciation Week! This week we’re showcasing a few of our amazing volunteers to share the impact they have made in the lives of residents through volunteering. “ If you want to touch the past, touch a rock.  If you want to touch the present, touch a flower.  If you want to touch the future, touch a life.”~ Author Unknown

At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.” Barbara Bush
Jill Collins / Nell Ritzheimer
Jill Collins / Nell Ritzheimer
2020 marks the year that Friendly Visitor and Advisory Council member Nell Ritzheimer stepped down.  She has been a volunteer with the Ombudsman Program for 13.5 years.  When I first began my employment as District Ombudsman in May 2011, I thought Nell was an employee of PADD.  She was involved in a Family Support Group at Western State Nursing Facility, she attended the Alzheimer’s Support Group, she attended the Ombudsman Advisory Council and she was a Friendly Visitor at Covington’s Conversant. I would bump into her all over the place and I thought she worked for us.  Although I was very sad to lose Nell as a volunteer, I’m forever grateful for the treasured 13.5 years she gave to the Ombudsman Program.
Cindy Tabor / Peggy Wayne
Cindy Tabor / Peggy Wayne
Peggy Wayne, Certified Ombudsman in the Muhlenberg County, covers four long term care facilities.  She has been a volunteer with the Ombudsman program coming up on two years. Her dedication and compassion for the residents she serves is remarkable.  Peggy is diligent in visiting residents and resolving complaints.  Her selfless giving of her time and energy is inspiring.  When I grow up I want to be just like Peggy!
Kathy Pharris / Cindy Tabor
Kathy Pharris / Cindy Tabor
Kathy Pharris, Certified Ombudsman in Trigg County, covers two long term care facilities. Kathy is celebrating five years with our program and our residents in Trigg County. Her valued work and life experience bring a wealth of resources to this district.  Not only does she visit residents and resolve complaints she serves up a homemade dish of goodies for Christmas.  Kathy can always be counted on for offering a helping hand.

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